Darby Smart To DIY For May 2015 Box Review


My 4th Darby Smart “To DIY For” monthly kit arrived! YAY!!  This month’s project was “DIY Photo Transfer Album” and included the following:

  • Wooden “album”, 2 wood pieces with pre-cut holes
  • 4 photo transfer images
  • Mod Podge – photo transfer
  • Foam brush
  • Leather cord

I wanted to do something a little bit different with my kit, so I also used the wood burning creativity set that I recently purchased from DarbySmart.com for another project.


I love that this kit was a Father’s Day craft to give to my wonderful Daddy… Yes,… I’m 34 and still call him Daddy LOL!

On occasion, I am a procrastinator… and this project was no exception… but in my defense… some of my best work happens at the last minute LOL!  Upon reading the online instructions …on Father’s Day… I discovered that the photo transfer portion of the project needed to dry for at least 48 hours …  sadly I did not have 48 hours.  I had intended to put the “Happy Father’s Day!” image on the front and the dandelion field on the back, and the inside would contain my wood burned message.  The process appeared to be easy,… I just simply didn’t have the 48 hours of dry time, so I had to proceed without the image transfers.

I wrote my message with the wood burning tool, which heated up after a few minutes and only 2 burns to my fingers LOL. With 4 options to choose from, I used the calligraphy tip, which took my handwriting all the way back to kindergarten haaha.  At first I was frustrated with how it looked like a 5 year old wrote it… but then it grew on me and seemed endearing.  I tied the cords on the side and secured my wood burned creation to the top of his gift with a bow.


I was happy with the final result and Daddy liked his creative card. Next up… we are going to use the burning tool to add designs to some wooden kitchen utensils for each other!

I pay just $19 per month, but there are 6 month and 12 month options available as well.  If you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you visit DarbySmart.com and shop and/or sign up!

I give this Darby Smart project 4 paws!

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