Monday, September 29, 2014

Darby Smart- #DIY Critter Ring Holder {#Review} {#Giveaway} #GiftGuide2014

I always find adorable items on Pinterest and occasionally in my Facebook Feed. I saw an ad recently called Darby Smart. It looked pretty interesting so I had to click. After browsing their website and learning more about them, I couldn't help but to notice it was all about "doing it yourself!".  Check it out about them:
From jewelry to purses and home goods to d├ęcor, Darby Smart features a range of DIY kits that  foster the creative side in everyone. Darby Smart Designers dream up the latest DIY projects   inspired by current fashion, design and home trends. Projects are then deconstructed into kits   that include a complete set of pre-tested materials in the right quantities, so you can create   the project at home. With a click of a button, Darby Smart delivers the curated supplies and   simple instructions directly to the customer. Darby Smart rotates a selection of more than 50   kits at a time, and new kits are unveiled every three days. Kits start around $20 (including Fast   & Free shipping) and are available up to 60 days or until supplies last.
Now, I don't know about you, but I like reaching out of the box and trying something different. I reached out to them and they were happy to work with me on featuring one of their items. I was stoked to receive my box because I didn't know what I was going to receive. I received their Critter Ring Dish Project. I would call it a ring holder, but you get the idea. Everything that I needed to make this project came in my box. Enough items to make two of them! One for myself and one for my daughter, Lydia. 
It came with the following- (1) Sakura Gold Paint Pen, (1) Aleene's Super Gel Adhesive, (2) Porcelain Dishes & (1) Aleene's Spray Sealant. Making my critter dishes was super easy and they included a card with a code to unlock to see instructions on their website!
 Firs thing first was I had to take the gold pen and paint any designs that I wanted on the dishes.
After getting my designs done, I set them aside to dry and painted my critters that I chose for these projects. 
After coloring the critters completely with the pen, I sat them aside to dry for about 40 minutes. I then took the sealant and sprayed them. ONLY spray the critters, not the dish. It took about another hour to dry after that.
Please spray in a ventilated area because this spray has a very strong odor. After allowing the critters to dry, I glued them to my dishes!
 I let the glue dry, and my masterpieces were done!
Overall, I think that these are completely adorable and will make a unique and awesome gift for Christmas. There isn't anything more special than a gift made with love! This project is available for purchase from Darby Smart for only $19! You can also choose your animal or choose to be surprised! If you want to gift the kit, or gift the item after you make it from the kit- it will make a great gift! I recommend Darby Smart for my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Did you know that you can submit a design of your own  to get voted on? Anyone can apply to become a   featured Darby Smart designer by submitting DIY designs, which are voted on by the Darby   Smart community. Selected designs are turned into DIY kits, and chosen designers receive a   percent of sales for their kits. Visit them via one of the links here in this post or visit them on their social media below!
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WIN IT: I am giving away one project of choice UP TO $20! Giveaway ends 10/20/14 at 11:59 PM CST. Giveaway is open to USA. No purchase necessary to enter. Enter with the giveaway tools below. Goodluck! 

*The Small Things received a project to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own* 


  1. these diy s are cute I love them I would like to win this for myself and mt youngest son he love to do crafts with me and I would go with the urban oasis planters terraniums they are super cute thanks for this chance.

  2. I like the mini felt card holders!

  3. I think the string art is pretty neat. My girls would love making creations

  4. I would love the decorative pillows. They look amazing!

  5. All of them are so cool. I would let me daughter choose.

  6. DIY projects in a box with no shopping necessary? Count me in!

  7. I like so many of them I think I would go with the glass etching set though that has been something I have been really interested in lately. Perhaps the Agate Pendant as I am a costume jewelry collector.

  8. I'd love the glass etching started set! I've been wanting to get into that lots!

  9. I really like the terranium kits. They are so cute.

  10. I would like the Constellation Canvases!!

  11. This is ingenious. I have not even thought about making something like this!

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