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.
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 March 2016 The Hippie Hobby box!
A peek inside. I love the burlap ribbon! — Very “green” of them! 😉
Also note the use of shredded newspaper as packing material. Not quite as pretty as colored paper squigglies, but a lot more eco-friendly.
The featured craft for March was DIY Book Page Gem Magnets! Complete step-by-step instructions were provided, along with helpful tips and photos.
Glass Gems – 8 glass gems were included. These were to serve as the main components of the project.
Mod Podge – This water-based sealer/glue/finish would be used to affix your paper designs to the glass gems.
Sponge Brush – To apply the Mod Podge evenly.
Magnets – 8 magnets were provided to attach to your completed gems.
Super Glue – To do the attaching. 😉
Book Pages – You can use any images/designs that you wish, but The Hippie Hobby included a few pages from an old book for a neat literary type theme.
I didn’t include any photos of the actual process, since it was pretty straight-forward and the pictures on the instruction sheet above show each step anyway. Also, the project took embarrassingly long for me to finish because I kinda goofed up.
I’m not exactly the craftiest person, so I wasn’t too familiar with Mod Podge… I ended up having to do the project over when I realized that the images I selected were on the wrong type of paper. To get the best results you need to use something thin, like the book pages they sent. I tried using actual photographs and cardstock, which were way too thick and didn’t adhere/dry to the glass right.
Long story short, I did the project twice and ended up using mostly images that I cut out of my girl’s coloring books. (Some of which smeared/bled due to my other mistake of coloring them in with markers. Oops!) Oh, and I totally super glued one of my fingers to one of my nails for .0002 seconds and had to peel it off, praying it didn’t rip my skin. Yeah, did I mention that I’m not crafty?
Alright, without further ado, here are my finished results…
Not amazing, but not awful. 😉 I realize now that I should have colored in the backgrounds of the strawberries & carrot — and used something other than markers — but hey, lesson learned. Next time I’m called upon to make Mod Podge gem magnets I’m gonna totally kill it! 😉
Here’s a closer look at my little mushroom friend. I think he’s my favorite of the bunch.
It was hard to get a photo of this one without a ton of glare, but I wanted to include it since it’s an image from the book pages The Hippie Hobby included. Creepy!
Here’s the back of the gem, so you can see how the paper and magnet are positioned.
There was also a bonus craft that involved making cupcake toppers out of toothpicks, paper, glue, and glitter. After taking so much time with the initial craft, I decided to just try making a single topper…
…and it turned out pretty cute! I cut out 2 heart shapes from the book pages, Mod Podge-d them together with the toothpick inside, then coated the outside in more Mod Podge & dipped it in the glitter. Viola! — A DIY shimmery cupcake topper!
Despite my initial magnet mishaps and nearly glueing myself together, I actually really enjoyed this box from The Hippie Hobby. It totally pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to get creative & crafty. Plus, now I have some cute new magnets to display on our fridge. Woo! 😉 Don’t forget — You can save $7 on your first box when you use coupon code “ROSEBUD7” at checkout!
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.