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8 best arts and crafts subscription boxes consumers love

By amandapeters 19 Jun 2019

​Amanda Peters searches high and low to bring you the best craft subscription boxes delivering to the UK at the moment

Attention all crafters, businesses and aspiring creative spirits!

If you’re in the subscription box market, then you know it has boomed in the last couple of years. So much so that a Royal Mail report forecasts that it will grow to become a £1 billion market by 2022.

Although food and drink lead the way, craft boxes are gaining popularity currently capturing 2.7% of the market.

However, the main challenge facing the craft subscription box economy is retention, with businesses retaining customers for an average of only two and a half months.

Whether a start-up or part of an established business, there are a few that have got the formula correct. We’ve searched high and low to bring you the best craft subscription boxes delivering to the UK today. These brands listen to their customers, delivering a personal, engaging experience, making them come back for more every month.


1. The Adults & Crafts Crate (Best for grown-ups)

- Price
$33.00 a month or prepay for your subscription and save.

- On the plus
Comes with materials, accessories, tools and easy-to-follow instructions. Depending on your subscription, you can preview, switch or skip a monthly box. All you have to do is email them at the beginning of each month to find out the craft of the month and then choose to keep, skip, or even replace it with a past craft.

- On the minus
Shipping is not included in the price.

- Shipping
Around the 20th of each month. As they ship from the US, it is a flat additional $20 a month.

- What’s included
It’s not only about the fun of crafting, this kit includes projects that adults will truly what to display for all to see. Wrapped up in gorgeous packaging, the DIY kit has the perfect mix of fun and functional home decor projects, with past ones ranging from birdhouses, wall clocks and wooden wine crates to terrariums and wood-burned signs.


2. We Craft Box (Best for kids)

- Price
$29.99 a month or prepay and save.

- On the plus
You don’t only get the materials and theme, but a story that goes along with it to keep your little crafters engaged.

- Shipping
They ship out on the 1st of every month from the US.

- What’s included
As a full-time working mom of two boys, owner Betsy knows how to organise a craft day for her kids. She shares her expertise with her monthly curated craft box. The projects are challenging enough to be stimulating but not so much that they are impossible to complete. All the materials can be shared between two children, with two to three crafts in each box and easy-to-follow photo instructions.

3. Inspirations Club (Best value for money/price)

- Price
£10 a month to be part of the Basic Inspirations Club, £20 for the Truly Inspired Club, or choose from their Fabricaholics packages, starting from £15.00 a month.

- On the plus
You can choose from several box options − just fabrics or complete projects. Depending on the type of package, you also get an additional discount on other purchases on the website.

- On the minus
Although it has been going since 2014, the box is not highly reviewed.

- Shipping
They ship from the UK at the beginning of every month.

- What’s included
From the pricey to the more affordable, this box is right up the alley of aspiring sewers. Each kit includes fabric, trims, ribbons, buttons and handy instructions for not one but two projects to choose from. The owners, Make and Do, also promise generous leftovers to add to your DIY stash. Past boxes have focused on themes like the moon and beyond, the circus with acrobats and clowns and even a woodland theme with an adorable felt hedgehog.

4. KnitCrate (Best for knit sock lovers)

- Price
$19.95 a month for the Sock Crate and $24.99 a month for the Knit Crate.

- On the plus
They feature a pop-up shop every month, exclusively for members to shop for artisanal yarns with attractive member discounts and the boxes often also come with bonus patterns.

- On the minus
Although the yarn is gorgeous, it is sometimes entangled and the colours get repetitive.

- Shipping
They ship from the US by the 15th of each month. Shipping is included in the price.

- What’s included
You can have your fill of all the high-quality yarn and patterns with this subscription. For instance, the sock crate includes one skein of hand-dyed, in-house sock yarn and a pattern to go with it, while the knit crate includes at least two skeins of yarn, one kitting and one crochet pattern.


5. Papergang (Best for stationery lovers)

- Price
£10.95 a month and an additional £2.95 for UK shipping each month.

- On the plus
They highlight the work of an individual illustrator with each box.

- Shipping
They start dispatching boxes in the first seven working days of the month. However, even if you order after, you can still get that box within one to three working days.

- What’s included
If you are a stationary or paperholic, then you know the brand Ohh Deer. Up your scrapbooking game with the brand’s premium stationery subscription that contains five to eight items. These range from notebooks, greeting cards and art prints to pens and pencils, and exclusive designs.

6. EmbellishBox (Best for paper cutters)

- Price
£20 a month for a subscription, £22 for a one-off box or £10 for a mystery box.

- On the plus
Themed templates are released monthly exclusive to subscribers first. They then go on sale at the shop but cost more than an EmbellishBox.

- Shipping
They ship from the UK for free within the country by the 25th of each month.

- What’s included
This box is specific to paper cutting. Each kit comes with three ready-printed paper cut templates, digital files that are emailed, backing papers to assemble a new paper house and other goodies exclusive to EmbellishBox or sourced from independent suppliers. Past themes that caught our eye were the seaside, fairytales, safari and tea time.

7. Emma Jewell Crafts Box (Best for glitter lovers)
- Price
The mini boxes start from £7.50 a month, while the large ones start at £15 a month.

- On the plus
Boxes don’t come with instructions but there is plenty to choose from on their blog.

- Shipping
They ship from the UK around the 15th of the month.

- What’s included
This is the perfect starter box to join the craft revolution. Each box contains up to 15 items, including exclusive craft supplies, stickers, papers, colouring sheets and if you can’t get enough of sparkles, a specially mixed sequin and glitter set. Past themes have been cacti, mermaids, vampires and just plain gold.

8. ScrawlrBox (Best mystery box)

- Price
A month-to-month box comes at a cost of £15 or you can prepay for six and save £5 or prepay for 12 and save £15.

- On the plus
If you are a pro or a budding artist, this box puts together the best pens and pencils available on the market, with a focus each month on a type of drawing or painting technique.

- Shipping:
They ship from the UK around the 17th of the month.

- What’s included
Founder Chris Lambert does the heavy lifting with sourcing all the art supplies and leaves the crafting fun to you. Adding to that is a bit of mystery so that you’re pleasantly surprised or underwhelmed with your monthly stash. Their steady growth over the last four years shows that it is more the former with customers. Without giving too much away, apart from the art supplies, you can also find some inspiration from the featured artist of the month. Take a look at some of their previous boxes to make up your mind.

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