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For me a crafts project has to be either cute or useful. Ideally it would be both. Unfortunately, the September’s Whimseybox totally missed the mark on both accounts. I received the box last week but I have to admit that I was so disappointed with this month’s project that I couldn’t bring myself to write a review earlier. I basically opened the box, took one look, closed it again, and put it in a corner. However, I thought I should give you a chance to judge the September Whimseybox for yourself.
The project of this month’s box was a macrame wall hanging (click here for the project instructions). Tastes differ so some people may like this type of decoration but it’s just not for me. As an alternative project, Whimseybox has provided additional instructions for a macrame plant hanger online. More useful but still doesn’t fit my style.
As usual the presentation was impeccable. Loved the matching hot pink ribbon and tissue paper and the “Creativity is intelligence having fun” print.
The box included the following items:
- Grey + yellow cord, estimated value: $1.99
- Natural wooden beads, $1.99
- Large hole barrel wooden beads, $1.99
- 1 Brass Ring, 3 for $1.99
- 1 Wooden Dowel, 3 for $1.99
- Macrame Achievement Button
- Bonus: Laser-cut Wood Craft Tags, estimated value: $1.99
The bonus wooden tags were probably my favorite thing in the box. I’m not quite sure yet what I would use them for. I like the suggestion of using them on mason jars. It looks really cute. Maybe I’ll make a few of Kayleigh’s Cake in a Jar or Cookie Mixes in a Jar as Christmas presents. The tags would be prefect for that kinda thing.
As you can see the total value came in at under $10 which is very disappointing considering that I paid $15 for the box. That includes the value of the bonus wooden tags. If I exclude this item from my calculation, the value would be about half of what I paid. I could excuse the low value of the box if I would love the project but since that isn’t the case this box was just all around a big let-down.
I plan on giving Whimseybox one more chance (or two) but if things continue this way I will cancel my subscriptions. I had such high hopes for this subscription service so I’m really bummed out about it.
What do you guys think of the macrame wall hanger project? Do you know of any crafting subscription box that has better projects than Whimseybox?
Alicia from the Whimseybox team kindly contacted me about this month’s Whimseybox (see the comments below). She pointed out to me that I grossly underestimated the value of the paracord. I apologize for my mistake. The true value is closer to $9 and as such the value of the box (excluding the bonus item) comes in at about what I paid for it. Now that I know what this kind of cord is called I found some cool projects to try with it. I’ll make sure to put the items in this month’s Whimseybox to good use.