I have signed up to another subscription box! This is a monthly one called the Craft Box Club (https://craftboxclub.co.uk/). They deliver a quick and easy craft each month to encourage people to take some time out of their busy lives and have a bit of creative me time. The main ethos behind their brand is to be plastic free, so all of their packaging has been designed with this in mind and their makes too.
I started with the March 2020 box which contained all the equipment to make beeswax wraps. Included in the box was:
- 3 pieces of fabric
- 3 blocks of beeswax
- Wooden pegs
- Wooden buttons
- Embroidery thread
Also included is the link to a video showing you how to complete the project. At first I wasn’t sure about not having written instructions and only following a video, but once I watched the video I realised that the steps are really simple and easy to remember, so you don’t need to keep referring back to the video as you create. I really liked how the videos were laid out as well. They were shot from above which I felt gave a nice clear view of each step and there were several stills showing important things such as the contents of the box and how to sew on your buttons. There was also no talking, only captions to label things or tell you what to do. I much preferred this to having someone talk through the instructions as I find this can be distracting and sometimes unclear. The only thing I would have liked to change is that some of the shots were a bit far away and a close up of the step would have been better. The project was split into two videos: applying the wax to the fabric and sewing on the buttons.
For some reason I had images in my head of melting down the wax in a saucepan and dipping the fabric into it, but it’s actually way easier than that! All you had to do was grate the beeswax and spread it thinly over the fabric on a baking tray, put it in a low oven for five minutes and then use the brush to spread it out. Then just hang it up until it’s cooled completely and there you have your beeswax wrap. I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to do! The only warning I would give is to use a grater and a baking tray that aren’t your best ones because the wax is difficult to wash off!
The second step was adding buttons so that you could turn one (or two) of your wraps into a parcel. You had to fold the fabric up as you would if you were wrapping something like a sandwich and mark on where the buttons needed to go. Once the buttons were sewn on you could then use the string to fasten them.
Craft Box Club have several different subscription options including a three month or six month subscription with the choice to pay monthly or a larger one off payment, which obviously include a discount, or a flexible membership where you pay as you go and can cancel any time. I chose the flexible membership which is £22 a month including delivery, but all of them work out to roughly around the £20 mark. I would definitely recommend this box to anyone who was new to crafting and wanted to dip their toe into the creative pool. I had an email to say that my April box is already on the way so I’m looking forward to getting started on the next project.