Darby Smart review May 2016

Darby Smart is a subscription box that delivers all the materials you’ll need for a new DIY craft every month!


This month the box came with supplies to make stained glass bubble votives.



To begin, I laid down a towel and set up the supplies. For this project the supplies were 3 colors of alcohol ink (pink, green, and citrus), alcohol blending solution to be used for erasing mistakes, 2 bubble votives, 2 tea light candles, and 2 sponge applicators. On the card insert, there is a code to enter at darbysmart.com/howto for instructions on this project.


First step was to decorate the bubble votives with the alcohol ink, starting with the darkest color to the lightest.You can use the “drip” method, or sponge applicator. I chose drip for my first one.


I held the votive at an angle and turned it as the drips went down to create a diagonal look.


Once I finished the pink and green, I used the Citrus in between every pink and green line (so twice as many lines as the other colors).


For the next bubble votive, I decided to use the sponge applicator so I could try both ways. It says to use the whole sponge to cover more area, but i wanted smaller shapes, so I just used the top.


This is how I used the sponge to make the small spots of color.


Again, I applied the Citrus color last, after pink and green. Then it was time to add the candles! Here is the second one finished:


Here is the first one finished:


I really enjoyed this project! Decorations for the house are SO much more satisfying when I’ve made them myself, plus I appreciate them more! Woohoo!

The Final Result



Darby Smart is $19.00 a month, and I think the value lies more so in the experience than the cost. To me, being able to take a break and create something for myself or someone I love every month is priceless. I’m going to stick to this one, so stay tuned for more awesome crafts on my blog!

Sign up for your Darby Smart DIY Box today and use code HOWDYDARBY for $10.00 off your first box!

Ease of Cancellation

To end your membership, send an email to wink@darbysmart.com and let them know you’d like to cancel.


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