Perfecting the Craft

Call it a response to our ever-connected digital world, but DIY has never been hotter. Actually ironically enough, the real culprit is probably Pinterest, which is chockful of inspiration for everything from refurbishing an old dresser to creating homespun goodies for your party guests to take home. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the crafting possibilities out there – I’ve got good news.

Designher KitDesignher Kit is an ultra cool (and Canadian!) subscription service that sends you all the supplies you’ll need to craft three pieces of jewelry or accessories. What is this sorcery you ask? It’s pretty simple. You sign up, and for $19 a month, you get sent a cute envelope jam-packed with chains, clasps, tassels, beads, clips – you name it.

Designher Kit Orange Beaded NecklaceNow if you’re less craftily inclined like myself you may be asking – now what? Again with the simple. All you have to do is log onto the Designher Kit website, click on ‘Craft Table’, and you’ll get handy step-by-step instructions (with photographs) to take these raw materials into some totally usable – and adorable. Unlike a formal jewelry-making class, there’s no time limit. If you’ve only got a few minutes to fasten two beads together, that’s a-ok – no one’s going to come harassing you for not finishing it in one go (although it is rather satisfying to do so, I’ll admit).

Designher Kit Starther KitNow if you’ve got a budding jewelry artiste on your hands but they don’t have any tools on hand, Designher Kit even has you covered with their smart ‘Starther Kit’. For $29, you’ll be sent a package including various pliers, wire cutters, a glue gun and sticks, and a thread nipper – all of the basic tools you’ll need to craft literally any of Designher Kit’s pieces.

Designher Kit JanuarySo why does this service rocketh and who should you snag it for? Well for one, it’s pretty reasonably priced when you consider you’ll have (relatively) one-of-a-kind pieces. Plus, the next time someone fingers that strand of beads around your neck and asks where you got it from, you can (smugly, it’s okay) tell them you made it yourself. I also kind of sort of LOVE the idea of gathering your girlfriends or your sister or your mom for an afternoon around your kitchen table for a crafting and catching up session. With that in mind, this would make a swell last-minute Mother’s Day gift, especially since it requires no gift wrap and can be purchased for up to a year-long subscription. It’s also a sweet gift for someone you’re aching to spend a touch more time with, especially if you get a subscription for yourself.

Designher Kit StudioWhile Designher Kit is quite happy to make an appearance in your mailbox once a month, you can also pay a visit to their Toronto studio for some hands on experience in creating your own gilded pieces. Whether you book the space for a private event (like a shower or gals’ only family reunion) or pop in for one of their camps or classes, you’ll walk away with lovely pieces that are lovingly made with your own two hands.

I hope you guys enjoyed this introduction to what I think is one of the more unique Canadian brands I’ve had the privilege to review on this blog. And if you’re itching to take a break from staring at this screen so you can get down to concocting your own beautiful gems, I’ve got some super news: As an EXTRA special bonus for all you CGG readers, if you subscribe to Designher Kit by May 31, 2014 and enter the code GIFTGUIDEBONUS, you’ll actually be a sent a fourth bonus project with your first kit (the bonuses are pretty gorgeous, as evidenced by a look through the ‘Craft Table’ archives). Beyond that,  I’m giving away a six-month subscription to Designher Kit to one lucky winner!

Here’s how to enter:

1) Take a peek at the Designher Kit website’s Craft Table and tell me in the comments below – which design would you be most interested in trying your hand at? You’ve got till May 26 to speak up!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around May 27, 2014 to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: 1, 2, 3, 4 ways to earn bonus entries into this fun draw. Whatever you choose to do, please put each of your bonus entries into a separate comment, or they won’t be counted. 

Twitter – Follow @DesignHerCo. Tweet & tag them and me (@cdngiftguide). Leave a link to your Tweet below.

Facebook – Like DesignHer Co. Leave a comment on their wall about why you’d love to try their service out. Link back to that comment below.

Instagram – Follow designherco. Leave a comment on your fave photo. Link back to that photo below.

Pinterest – Follow Designher Co. Repin your favourite pin. Link back to that pin below.




52 Responses to “Perfecting the Craft”
  1. Alison K says:

    I would be most interested in trying my hand at their “Spike Necklace”

  2. Alison K says:

    Twitter Bonus Entry: followed @DesignHerCo & tweeted

  3. Kimberley says:

    I would love to try and make the Shuffle Ring.

  4. Joan G says:

    I’d like to make the Vintage Style Ring

  5. May says:

    I would love to try to make the vintage style ring!

  6. Jeannie says:

    I would like to try and make the tassel bracelet.

  7. Susan T. says:

    I would like to try making the Delicate Bracelet. So cute!

  8. Susan T. says:

    I’m suekitty13 on Instagram. Photo I commented on:

  9. Susan T. says:

    I’m suekitty13 on Pinterest. My pin:

  10. Susan says:

    I would like to try the Shuffle Ring.

  11. mousecat says:

    I’d like to try the Colour Block Necklace

  12. Pam says:

    Fun to try making jewellry

  13. Lisa says:

    I like the Shuffle Ring.

  14. Janice Lewis says:

    these spikes look awesome

  15. Beth St says:

    I like the delicate bracelet from December.

  16. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

    Media Designher Kit b/c I want to make some jewelry for me and my gal friends with pearls 🙂

  17. Anne says:

    Something vintage looking would be fun!

  18. Sandra H says:

    I would love to try the pearl hairclip project

  19. Jessica says:

    Their “Spike Necklace” looks fun!

  20. Susan T. says:

    I’m @suekitty13 on twitter. My tweet:

  21. I like the spike necklace

  22. cookie3 says:

    I love the Pearl Bracelet. So pretty.

  23. truckerofbc says:

    This looks like something my daughter would love with all her arts and crafts. I think the Pearl and Spike Necklace would be ideal.

  24. Jennifer P says:

    I really like the Treasure Hair Comb

  25. Victoria Ess says:

    I would love to make the Armour Ring!

  26. Victoria Ess says:

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  28. lorna says:

    I want to try the delicate bracelet

  29. aly3360 says:

    I’d like to try my hand at the Treasure Hair Comb.

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  30. nicolthepickle says:

    “So why does this service rocketh and who should you snag it for.” Haha, that made me laugh.
    I would love to try the Vintage Style Ring craft. It’s very cool!

  31. lyn212 says:

    I would like to try the March 2014 Designher Kit

  32. Nicole B says:

    the pearl bracelet

  33. darci says:

    I would like to try the tassel bracelet kit

  34. I like the color block necklace

  35. LisaB says:

    Layered Delicate Necklace

  36. stacey h says:

    I really like the Spike Necklace – it looks pretty and challenging to make

  37. beewbedard says:

    I like the March 2014 Designher Kit

  38. beewbedard says:

  39. eleanor says:

    I’d like to try making the Pearl Bracelet

  40. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d like to try the ladder necklace! What a cool idea — I’m very tempted to sign up!

  41. Angela Mitchell says:

    Followed on Pinterest and pinned:

  42. Maegan Morin says:

    I would love to try and make the Spike Necklace!

  43. Brenda says:

    I like the Pearl Hair Pin. I think simple enough for me to attempt!

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