Time to review the January/February 2017 The Hippie Hobby box!
The Hippie Hobby is a subscription box that sends you a fun and eco-friendly DIY craft project to complete every other month. Each box will feature a new crafting experience with an emphasis on incorporating upcycled, recycled, or natural elements into the project. You’ll receive easy to follow step-by-step instructions along with all of the materials needed to complete the craft.
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.
Subscriptions are $23.95 every 2 months, or less with multi-month commitments. Shipping to US is free. — You can save $7 on your first box when you use coupon code “ROSEBUD7” at checkout!
Let’s see what’s in the January/February 2017 The Hippie Hobby box!
A peek inside.
The featured project for January/February was DIY String Art! Complete step-by-step instructions were provided, along with helpful tips and photos.
There was also a small insert that gave a little history and some fun facts about string art, whose golden age was in the late 1960’s through the 70’s.
Wood Planks, Sandpaper, Paint Brush, Paint Sticks
Three wood planks were to be nailed together side by side using the included paint sticks. Prior to that, you were to sand the edges lightly using the sandpaper and stain them with instant coffee (shown below).
Embroidery Floss, Instant Coffee, Assorted Nails, Picture Hanger
The pink embroidery floss was to serve as the string part of the project, while coffee would be the stain, and nails would be… well, nails to hold the string. 😉
Two templates were included to choose from — an ampersand symbol and an arrow design.
I didn’t take any photos of the sanding, but you didn’t miss much. 😉 Once smooth(ish), I mixed the instant coffee with water to create the stain. Using the provided brush, I applied it to the wood planks and let them dry for about a half hour or so.
Next, I had to use six small nails to attach the paint sticks to the boards in order to hold them all together. This was the trickiest part due to the shortness of the nails, so I had my husband do it. 😉 (He had to use tweezers to hold the nails in place in order to hammer them in.)
Since I had received pink string in my box and it was close to Valentine’s Day, I decided to print out my own template featuring a simple heart design. I drew guide dots for the nails, but didn’t exactly follow them… I also learned that I really SUCK at hammering a nail straight. Ha.
I followed the instructions and looped the string around each nail in the shape of the pattern, and then zig-zagged it across the hearts to fill them in as much as possible.
The finished result! — In hindsight, I probably should have spaced the hearts further apart, but otherwise I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. 🙂
I don’t think I would have ever tried string art on my own, so I’m glad The Hippie Hobby pushed me out of my comfort zone to give it a whirl. I’m sure I could have done a better job, but for a first timer it wasn’t too bad. Er, I don’t think it was anyway. 😉 — Remember, if you’d like to subscribe you can save $7 on your first box (making it just $16.95) when you use coupon code “ROSEBUD7” at checkout!
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome