Doodle Crate is a member of the KiwiCo family geared toward kids 9+. It inspires young makers to learn new skills and gain creative confidence through craft and art projects by teaching them basic and intermediate techniques of a new artistic medium each month. The sky is the limit, and crafts made from the same kit can be kept simple, or they can be made as intricate as the artist desires.
Though geared toward kids, Doodle Crate is gender neutral and also excellent for anyone (even adults) wanting a craft subscription. In our experience, this is the best “arts and crafts” box for older kids, tweens, teens, and adults – the end result is nearly always something you will want to save!
This month’s project: STAINED GLASS SUNCATCHER!
DEAL: Use this link to save 40% on your first month of Doodle Crate! (or Kiwi Crate and the KiwiCo family subscriptions Tinker Crate and Koala Crate).
Doodle Crate Instruction Book
Doodle Crate tends to focus on a single craft and contains only what you’ll need for the project. This month is about translucent painting!
The booklet has excellent, textbook quality background on the subject matter of the project. Every Crate is a project and a lesson in technique – when you are finished, you should have a usable hand-made item and a new skill.
It’s loaded with high-quality pictures and illustrations to both give you ideas and help you along, and they produce a video tutorial for each project, too. Doodle Crate is great for providing perspective and inspiration for their projects, showing examples of the medium in real life settings.
Handy tips are located throughout the instructions, and they always include some options for customizing your work using alternate techniques or additional details.This Crate is suitable for a wide range of ages, and older kids and adults can bring as much complexity to their projects as they want.
The booklet proceeds step-by-step, from start to finish, with detailed guidance the whole way. The numerous diagrams explain every step clearly and make it practically impossible to go off track. At every phase of the project, Doodle Crate presents several options to bring added personality to your work – and you are always free to do something completely original. After all, it is YOUR creation.
Doodle Crate Materials
Every crate comes with everything you need to complete the project (except for a few basic items from your home), as well as a booklet.
Doodle Crate Activity – Stained Glass Suncatcher
The first step is to carefully trace the image you chose using the marker.
Once done tracing the images, your kids can start putting color to it, using the brush and color paint provided. It could get messy so make sure that the kids’ workspace is properly covered.
My daughter colored her owl red, blue, and orange!
Aside from the owl, she also traced and colored an octopus and an elephant for her stained glass project.
Next step is to put chains through the hole and make sure that it is locked-in.
Then, connect the other end of the chain on the bigger circle and do the same to the medium-sized circle.
Here’s the finished product! By the way, Doodle Crate suggests waiting overnight before assembling the suncatcher so that the paint will get to fully dry.
The paint didn’t easily wear off!
This is one colorful elephant! I love the vibrant rainbow of color.
My daughter also enjoyed coloring this octopus!
To display, just place the suction cup on your window.
The discs were so luminous when hit by the sunlight and it looks so beautiful!
My daughter enjoys doing Doodle Crate projects! This month’s Stained Glass Suncatcher project involved steps like tracing, coloring, and assembling. Aside from creative skills, it also helps enhance the kids’ motor skills and problem-solving skills. It takes a while for it to finish and projects like this tend to be a little messy, but they’re always worth it. Doodle Crate is a great subscription for any kid or family who loves crafts!
Did you enjoy this month’s activity as much as we did? Let us know in the comments!