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Craftiosity – Beeswax Wraps and Bag

I’m sticking with the beeswax theme this week, but moving on to the August box from Craftiosity (https://craftiosity.co.uk/) featuring beeswax food wraps and an embroidered produce bag.

Included in the kit was:

  • Fabric squares x2
  • Beeswax pellets
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Cotton bag
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Paper template

The fabric squares were actually missing from my box when I opened it up, which obviously can happen when so many boxes are being packed at once, but I got in touch with the lovely ladies at Craftiosity via Instagram and they sent out a couple of squares for me in the post straight away. The level of customer service I received from them was fantastic!

The process for making the wraps was so simple. I was amazed at how simple it was the last time I made them, but this was even easier! As the beeswax was already in pellets I didn’t have to worry about grating it or melting it down and there were no ovens involved. All you had to do was scatter the beeswax over the fabric and iron it between two pieces of parchment, ensuring that there were no bare patches. There was plenty of wax left over to create more wraps with your own fabric or to save and reseal these ones when the wax wears off a bit as they don’t last forever.

The embroidered bag was another quick project. Whilst I do like to get involved in a good big craft project, sometimes it is nice to have something that will take less than an hour to sit down and do with a nice cup of tea! The design was traced onto the bag using a pencil and then embroidered over using a combination of back stitch and satin stitch. Obviously it was a bit tricky embroidering inside the bag, but by positioning the design near the top rather than right in the middle there was a bit more room to manoeuvre. I also absolutely love the colour change embroidery thread provided in the kit. I have used it in another project recently and just think it gives a great effect to a piece of sewing. 

I think I might use the bag to store my wraps in as I never know where to keep them. I had so much fun completing the two projects in this kit and also feel very eco-friendly making something reusable and plastic free!                                                                                          

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Craft Box Club – Star String Art

String art is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I’ve seen loads of examples of it online, with people creating these amazing images, so I was pretty excited when the Craft Box Club (https://craftboxclub.co.uk/) for June landed on my doorstep!

Included in the box was:

  • Block of wood x2
  • Coloured string x7
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Elastic bands
  • Paper templates

As per usual there was the link to the video tutorial as well. The process was a lot simpler than I’d thought in my head and I only had to watch the video once before completing the project as each step was demonstrated very clearly. I think that just seeing the end product and not knowing the process can be a big barrier to people, including me, from trying out new crafts. One of my favourite things about Craft Box Club is that the crafts are always varied and different from crafts that you find in a lot of other subscription boxes, but the instructions are so clear and easy to follow that it’s not off-putting at all. Also, the crafts are usually quick to do, which is great if you only have an hour or so at the weekend to indulge your creativity.

The part of this box that I most enjoyed was hammering in the nails. It was extremely satisfying, although I think I need to work on my technique as some of my nails ended up a bit wonky! You hammered the nails in with the use of the paper template laid over the two pieces of wood. I wasn’t sure why the wood had to be in two parts at first, but due to Adam’s mission to make the boxes as plastic free and sustainable as possible, it explains on the website that the wood is upcycled from locally sourced wooden pallets. Once the nails were all hammered in you could then tear off the paper template ready to start stringing.

The stringing was done in a specific order so that the two pieces of wood held together. The colours were a rainbow theme and the pattern created a star shape in the middle. The thing I like about string art is the patterns that are created, not only using the string but also using the negative spaces between the string, in this case the star. Included in the kit was a paper template showing where each coloured string had to go with each point numbered so you knew which nail to wind it around. I found the diagram very useful as I don’t think I would have been able to follow along with the video.

Finally all that was left to do was string the two pieces of wood together at the back and create a hook for hanging it. This was a very satisfying project to complete, resulting in a cute, rustic wall hanging. 

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Craft Box Club – Beeswax Wraps

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
  • Brush
  • Wooden pegs
  • Wooden buttons
  • Needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • String

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.