Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Say Hello To Effie Box!

effie box logoDisclaimer: I was kindly sent the first two editions of Effie Box free of charge to try out and share with you! Logo image sourced via Effie Box blog.

Today I'm excited to bring back some DIY to e-elise etc and introduce you all to a new crafty subscription box! Effie Box, which launched last month, is the brainchild of bloggers Fran (On The Bias) & Ellie (The Wedding Philosopher) and is a monthly box which contains everything you'll need to make a fun crafty project.

As someone who has tried out quite a wide selection of different crafts I was pleased to open the August box and discover the project was one I'd never tried before; wildflower bombs! I love that the girls decided to feature a less well-known and eco-friendly craft for the first box and was looking forward to trying it out.

Included in the box were sheets of coloured sugar paper, a piece of cheesecloth fabric, elastic bands, step-by-step written instructions and of course seeds. Following the instructions provided, I soaked and blended up the paper, drained the mixture and formed spheres which I then set aside to dry.

After a quick Pinterest search I also discovered lots of crafters were using fun shaped ice cube trays to press the pulp into other shapes such as hearts and flowers - a cute twist on the project! As I happened to have a tray for making small domed cabochons I decided to try this out and in the end I was pretty pleased with how they turned out (pink bombs pictured below). I think this project would work particularly well if you're looking to make unique favours for a special occasion.

Box two was something a little more familiar; a dreamcatcher kit! Inside this month's box I found a metal hoop, ribbon, string, wooden beads, a selection of feathers and step-by-step written instructions. Although I have made these before it was quite a long time ago so I was looking forward to re-visiting the idea and enjoyed spending a small part of my weekend working away on it.

Having sourced my own reference photos via Pinterest for the first box's project I was really pleased to see that the girls had added a QR code to the instruction sheet for box two, which when scanned links to a handy illustrated guide showing how to create a dreamcatcher.

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Also found inside the boxes were cute 'Eff is for favourite' cards (pictured below), each featuring one of the girls' favourite creators. It was great to see that the box will also be sharing the love within the creative/blogging community and especially nice to see my pal Michelle featured in the second box!

Based on the first two boxes it looks as though Effie Box is set to be a fun monthly treat with a good variety of crafts to try your hand at. With three, six or twelve month subscriptions available it could also make a lovely gift for the crafter in your life.

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You can find out more about the new company over on their blog and Twitter page, and if you like what you see you can order your very own Effie Box over on their website - effiebox.bigcartel.com

Thank you again to Fran & Ellie for letting me try it out!
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