I’m not a particularly crafty individual. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love sitting down and trying to create stuff with my hands, but the reality is, I’m bloody terrible at it. I can’t draw to save my life, and I can’t make awesome things out of scraps of fabric, toilet roll tubes and yogurt pots like my friends can.
So, naturally, when I was offered the chance to give one of Kink Craft’s DIY kits a go, I said bring it the fuck on! Next thing I knew I had a deconstructed Wooden Handled Suede Flogger on my cutting mat, and it was on!
When it comes to their kits, Kink Craft gives you options. For the Wooden Handled Suede Flogger Kit you get to choose the colour of your suede and the design of your handle. I chose pink suede cos I was in a girly mood at the time, and also because I could tell it was gonna look amazing with the gorgeous light oak handle. If pink ain’t your thing, you could have black, blue or purple instead.
For my handle, I chose the Funky option. The others available are Chic, which is sexy and streamlined, and the simple yet effective Classic. All of the handles are made from solid American Oak wood, and the colour is simply divine.
In the kit
Kink Craft make-your-own kits come with everything you need to make your chosen piece, sans tools. In the Wooden Handled Suede Flogger kit you get your handle, a roll of suede, a couple of wood screws, and a metal keyring style topper for hanging.
You also get access to a full set of instructional videos in which the lovely Pixie gives you a step-by-step guide of how to assemble your chosen piece. They’re clear, super easy to follow, and will have you banging out your new toy in no time
Not in the kit
To make the Wooden Handled Suede Flogger you’re gonna need a few tools. A Philips screwdriver, soft hammer, self-healing cutting mat, rotary knife and a long ruler.
Oh, and either a leather hole punch – one of which you can buy at Kink Craft – or a super sharp pair of scissors.
Okay, I’m not gonna tell y’all how to put one of these things together, cos that’s what the videos are for. What I will tell you is all about my experience. Firstly, I have to say that my rotary cutting skills are piss poor. Seriously, the wheel buggered off across the suede so many times I felt like I was making a fringe flogger. So raggy, and I’m so sorry, Kink Craft.
I will say that a long ruler is absolutely essential for this project. I know I have one but I don’t know where it is, so after realising that neither my 6 inch square nor my 12 inch Helix would cut the mustard, I ended up tearing through the shed in a panic so I could find the Fella’s spirit level. Not ideal, but better than anything else I had handy.
Once I’d butchered cut my suede into strips, it was time to use the hole punch. I didn’t want to damage my cutting board, so I ended up going down the sharp scissors route. This method has pros and cons. The main con is getting the strips of suede over a thick screw through a small hole. At the same time, the pro was found in the fact that, once they were on, each strip pretty much stayed where I put them.
Screwing the falls into the handle was quite difficult for me. I almost threaded the screw, and then I got the fucking thing on a wonky angle so it got stuck…in the end the Fella took pity on my struggles and used his muscly muscles to drive the screw home. It took him seconds, and made me feel as weak as water, lol.
I’d expected to have a task on my hands when it came to keeping the falls looking floggerish and not just like a bunch of suede strips, but it actually worked out quite well. They stayed where I wanted them, and as I made a point of having the raggy ones in the centre, the outer falls look pretty sleek! I love the way it looks when it’s hanging up. So proud of what I made!
Finally, popping the topper on was so much easier than I thought it would be. At first it confused me. After watching the video, I knew what I was about, though. I love that there’s a little KC branded disc on the end. So cute!
Using the Wooden Handled Suede Flogger
The finished flogger measures approximately 25 inches from the tip of the topper to the tips of the falls. Seven and a half inches of that is oak handle, which is the perfect shape to nestle in the palm of the hand. The falls are 17 inches in length, and half an inch wide. There are 26 of them, in total.
The flogger is super light in the hand, but the falls land with quite a thud. It surprised me in the best possible way. Just standing there, taking blow after lovely deep blow, knowing that I’d made the thing my Fella was hitting me with…it’s such a turn-on. And he loved it just as much as I did. From what he was saying after we used it, it could well be his new favourite. Not because it’s hurty, or easy to use, but because it was made by me for him.
I truly believe that, for D/s couples, a Kink Craft kit like this one would be a perfect gift. Doms; imagine presenting your sub with a flogger kit. Watching them concentrate and put all of their heart and soul into making it, just for you. Subs; how do you think your Dom would react if you surprised them with one you made earlier? I know the Fella is delighted with my efforts, and even loves the raggedy bits as much as he loves the rest.
If you’d like to pick up your own kit, you can do so here. Be sure to check out Kink Craft’s other stuff too, cos it’s all amazing.
The Wooden Handled Suede Flogger Kit was sent to me by Kink Craft in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions, which are now, and will forever be, my own. No affiliate links have been used in this post.