Kiwi Co sent me a Doodle Crate to try out and I’m going to tell you all about it.
You’ve most likely heard of their Kiwi Crate, the art project in a box phenomenon that popped on the scene in 2011, and it’s since grown to include:
Tadpole Crate for 0-36 monthers
Koala Crate for 3-4 yrs old
Kiwi Crate (science, art, and more) for 5-8 yrs old
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Atlas Crate (geography and culture) for 6-11 yrs old
Doodle Crate (art & design) for 9-16 yrs old +
Tinker Crate (science & engineering) for 9-16 yrs old +
(I guess you’re out of luck if you’re 105.)
Each crate comes complete with all the goodies you need to make a project, and you can choose from different subscriptions or gift options.
Now why, you may ask, do I indulge in pre-made activity boxes, when my brilliant mind produces zillions upon zillions of my own creative projects?
I’ll tell you. Sometimes you just need something fun and pre-thought-out to drop onto your doorstep, waiting for you to open it and explore the wonderful contents within.
Right? Subscription boxes are the bomb. Kiwi Co makes super high-quality, uniquely creative subscription boxes that include everything you need for at least one project, plus you can reuse the supplies they send for future projects.
What We Made
Here are the supplies that I pulled out of the box we got. You can see by the pamphlet that they are all the ingredients you need to make some little embossed paper lanterns. So we did.
This lantern project was inspired by the beautiful metallic lanterns of Morocco, and the lantern card stock had a slight metallic sheen to it.
I enlisted the help of my small friend Beckett, he enlisted the help of his small friend Porg, and we got to work embossing. That wooden tool is the embosser, and you lay the individual lanterns over the stencil-looking pieces to rub the design into them.
Beckett and Porg left me to emboss the rest. I had fun deciding on the designs, but I may have developed a large blister on my finger due to overzealous embossing.
After embossing, we used the clever little hole punch to punch out designs for the lights to shine through the lanterns.
Then I folded the lanterns onto each little lightbulb on the string of fairy lights.
Ta-dah! Finished product:
Cool, huh? And since my mind goes a mile a minute when I’m working on creative projects, I thought up some more fun ideas based on these lanterns:
- Reuse the embossing templates as stencils
- Emboss different colors of card stock over them to make cards
- Do crayon or oil pastel rubbings over them with white card stock
- We didn’t use the tiny colored tissue paper samples they provided, so you could use those for collage
- The embossing tool would make a perfect incising tool for watercolor projects.
Love the idea of DIY lanterns? Try your hand at my orb lantern made with old book pages.