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Lily

Creative Technologist, maker, writer, geek. @Lily_2point0
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For the past few years, subscription boxes have (re-)gained in popularity and are now booming. It seems like it all started with food; in the space of a few months, all your colleagues were trying to give you their Graze box discounts, so they could get money off their box too. Nowadays, you will be able to find a subscription for pretty much anything: comic books, flowers, cookies, stationery… but the one we’re most excited about is this Maker Box, by Quarterly.

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Their first Maker Box was curated by Boing Boing around the theme of growth. It contains all the tools, to grow something: from watering your plant, to using it as a controller, to fermenting it! Picture this: you buy a pack of cucumber seeds (why not?), and lovingly plant them in a (optionally, 3D-printed) pot, where you start monitoring them with the Technology Will Save Us Thirsty Plant Kit.

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Weeks later, they become inputs for a game controller with MakeyMakey, instead of the traditional banana. “Retro-gaming with mini-cucumbers” would make a great title for a book, don’t you think?

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And finally, because food mustn’t go to waste, use the lovely fermenting set from Farm Curious to pickle your cucumbers!

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The only problem with growing vegetables is the wait; our seeds are sowed, we’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, the second Maker Box is due to ship in May, so there will be plenty more things to keep you busy.

Quarterly.co began as a curated subscription service for fans to follow their favorite social influencers. We are now moving towards a new direction with rotating guest curators each quarter. A lot of the influencers we had worked with were makers and tinkerers, so creating a Maker category was a natural fit.

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Like this one, each box contains at least 3 kits. So, for $100 (~£70) every 3 months, you can get exciting maker goodies delivered to your door; something to keep the tinkering addiction going (and it comes quicker than a Kickstarter delivery!). All contents for a new box are kept secret; it’s as if Christmas was back every quarter! Subscribe here to get the next box, curated by I like to make stuff. Boxes ship anywhere in the world (shipping costs vary).

We can’t wait to see what the next box will bring. If you’d also like to order one of the past boxes put together by Quarterly, head to bestofquarterly.com. We personally have our eyes on the “Technology and Reading” box.

Posted 29th Apr 2016
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