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: MOSAIC MAKING!
DEAL: Use this link to save 30% on your first month of Doodle Crate! (or Kiwi Crate and the KiwiCo family subscriptions Tinker Crate and Eureka 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 making your own wooden desk organizer!
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.
They also show you the possibilities of how you can design and personalize your desk organizer.
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.
We can make a mosaic by using this as a guide and that will be the design of our very own wooden desk organizer.
These will be the base and the walls of the desk organizer.
These are the divider parts and where you put your mosaic design.
Doodle Crate Activity
The activity for this kit is quite straightforward and consists of relatively simple steps that the kids can follow, but there’s room for quite a bit of creativity with the arrangement of the pieces & the design.
My son placed the squares without sticking them and made it as a placement guide.
He then sticks them for real and straight into the side of the desk organizer.
He carefully sticks the correct shapes into their corresponding blank spaces and made sure that they follow a pattern and they are color coordinated.
We glued the base and its walls carefully to make it sturdy. If we are going to place a lot of school supplies it better not give out.
The spaces in between the paper crafts are exact to their corresponding position. It is tight and not wobbly. So far so good!
We placed the other given paper dividers to fit it inside and personalize what we need to put in our organizer. He wanted to have a tape dispenser in there so we placed it on one square corner and the container with flap on the other side. The rest is free space.
Check out the simple classy design my son made. It reminds me of a chess board.
He was able to execute the mosaic design he wanted by color coordination and following the shapes of the pattern. It has an amazing 3D effect!
He has a new wooden desk organizer! Look at his hard work! He is SO proud of this and uses it for only HIS supplies.
This Doodle Crate was really a winner for this guy! It was creative, took patience and energy, and provided him with a lasting object he can be proud of. Bonus that it’s actually spacious and it’s good for decluttering the desk. It will inspire him to clean up after he uses the pencils or supplies because the organizer is sturdy and the parts were high quality. He was able to design it just the way he wanted! We love that Doodle Crate sends crafts the kids want to keep and use!
Did you enjoy this month’s activity as much as we did? Let us know in the comments!