Maker Crate is a monthly craft box from KiwiCo, which provides makers and crafters ages 14 to 104 with projects that introduce new craft techniques and design tools. Each box will include materials and tools for the project plus a booklet that shares the real-world applications and the history behind each art form or design. They also promise that the end product for each project is always fun and functional. Some of the skills you can learn through this subscription may include paper marbling, metal sculpture, dip-dye painting, macrame, loom knitting, hand lettering, embroidery, and more. The subscription is $24.95 a month, with free shipping in the US.
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This month’s theme is Stenciled Book Holder!
Get creative with stencil art and make a one-of-a-kind book rack!
Everything is placed inside this sturdy red box!
The box welcomes us with Maker Crate’s exclusive Maker’s Guide magazine and card.
Kiwi Crate includes all the necessary supplies for the featured activities.
THE WORLD IS BUT A CANVAS TO THE IMAGINATION
– Henry David Thoreau
Like the other crates from KiwiCo, Maker Crate also includes a booklet.
The back of the magazine presents KiwiCo’s goals for the next generation of innovators!
KiwiCo, Inspiring young innovators with seriously fun and enriching hands-on experiences.
The booklet has an overview of this month’s project. Full step-by-step video instructions for the project is available on their website!
Featured on this part of the booklet are some stencil items that can be used as an inspiration in creating a Stenciled Book Holder!
The booklet also shares a complete history and details about the stencil art. They included some fun facts and trivia related to the project.
This month’s box also includes a card that contains safety tips for using a craft knife.
Everything inside the box!
For making the body of the project, here’s the wood rack set, dowels, and canvas.
The provided design templates and stencil sheets are for adding a flair to the book holder.
The crate also included a cutting mat, washi tape, and a craft knife.
Of course, there’s also a paint tray, permanent marker, brushes, glue, mess mat, and acrylic paints.
The first step is to trace the design templates using the black permanent marker. The craft knife is really sharp and it was easy to do. If you’re feeling more creative, you can also make your own stencil art designs!
The next step is to place the stencil sheet on top of the canvas and brush it using the provided blue and green acrylic paints.
Now, it’s time to turn the other side of the canvas and stencil it using black acrylic paint. Then, set the canvas aside and let it dry for a few hours.
While waiting for the paint to dry, build the rack by collecting all the wooden pieces and sticking them together using the glue.
Once done connecting building the wooden racks, wait for a few more minutes for the glue to dry.
Next, poke the dowel on both ends of the canvas and insert it on the wooden rock.
When installing the canvas, make sure that the side with the stencil design is properly positioned.
Here’s the finished book holder!
The rack is lightweight but durable. It can hold a number of books at the same time.
Maker Crate has once again provided a fun and exciting craft activity for teens and adults, complete with materials and instructions! This month, the craft is all about stencil art, one of the oldest and coolest art techniques there is. Also, it required fewer steps than the previous projects. The information from the booklet is really helpful in making the stenciled book holder, and the result is just beautiful. The holder is perfect for keeping books organized and also makes a nice display for a work or study desk! This craft subscription is really a win because, at the end of every project, you don’t only have a new item to use at home but also a new skill you can use in the future or further develop, plus tools you can use to keep going!
What do you think of this Maker Crate project?