If you love makeup, you probably have a lot of it. After all, who can resist a great new lipstick or trendy eyeshadow shade? It’s hard to walk away from all those gorgeous little pots and bottles of amazing colors.
Shopping’s the fun part — the trouble comes when you get home and remember that your makeup drawer is a disaster zone. If your bathroom is overflowing with your collection of makeup tools and products, try one of these super-cute and totally functional makeup organization projects to turn your messy bathroom into a salon-worthy makeup studio.
Not an experienced DIYer? No problem. We’ll fill you in on what materials are required for each project, how to do it, and fun ways to reuse your current household items to create something new.
Gift Box Drawer Dividers
This project couldn’t be simpler, and it’s perfect for people who already have a bathroom vanity with lots of drawer space. These cute DIY organizers will help you group makeup items together and keep them from rolling around those drawers so you can easily find what you need.
The only materials you need to make gift box drawer dividers are a collection of small gift boxes and lids, plus some decorative spray paint to give mismatched boxes a unifying facelift. Use metallic or glossy enamel spray paint to coat your gift boxes inside and out; once they’re dry, place them in your drawers and start organizing. Flat lids make good trays for lipsticks, mascara and eyeliners, while taller boxes work for compacts and other oddly shaped items. If your boxes are already decorative, this project is free and takes 10 minutes of organization time. If you’re painting them, plan to spend $5 to $10 on paint and allow your boxes to dry overnight before putting your makeup in them.
Freestanding Makeup Vases
Another incredibly easy project to keep your makeup tools organized is inspired by a visit to the floral aisle of your local craft store. Freestanding makeup vases keep your brushes, mascara tubes and eyeliners upright so you can easily find exactly what you’re looking for. These vases are so attractive you won’t mind having them out on your counter for all to see.
To make these holders, choose a low vase or drinking glass with a wide base — depending on the size of your makeup collection, you may need to group several vases together. Fill the vases two-thirds of the way with decorative beads, rice or colored craft sand. When you press your tools into the vases, the filler holds them upright so they always look sharp. The cost of this project will vary based on your taste in vases and beads, but you should be able to complete it for $20 or less. Once you get home from the craft store, it should take just five minutes to put together.
Hidden Brush Blocks
If you love the idea of keeping your makeup brushes upright but prefer to keep your bathroom counter uncluttered, you can make your own custom brush holders to fit in your drawers or medicine cabinet. To do so, you’ll need a block of wood, a drill and several different sized drill bits. (A regular drill bit will work, but Forstner bits will make the job easier.) You’ll also need some sandpaper and the finish of your choice (paint, stain or a clear sealer).
To make your hidden brush block, measure the drawer or cabinet where you want it to go and purchase a block of wood that will fit. You can have a hardware store cut small lengths of 2x4s or 4x4s for you if you don’t have a saw. Take a close look at each makeup brush and choose the drill bit closest in size to the brush’s handle. Drill about halfway into the wood, making sure to keep your drill perfectly upright so your hole is straight. Test the hole by putting your brush in place: If it’s too tight, use the next biggest drill bit. If it’s not deep enough, press the drill a little further. Repeat in a different spot on the block for each brush.
Finish the block by sanding it and painting it with your choice of finish. If you’re going for a boutique-chic look, try a metallic gold or silver paint. This project will take about an hour if you’re experienced with the drill, though the finish will need to dry overnight. If you already have scraps of wood and the tools you need, it could be free; buying the wood and finish might cost you between $10 and $20.
If you’ve got dozens of lipstick tubes taking over your makeup drawer, get them out into the open where you can easily see all the great shades you own. To make a retail-style storage system where you can organize lipsticks by color, you’ll need a collection of three to six matching glasses (the wider, the better) and a hot glue gun.
To make the lipstick pyramid, use your hot glue gun to attach two jars together. For the best alignment, put a few dots of glue down the side of one glass and place it on its side on your work table. Press the other glass (also on its side) into the glue. Before the glue sets, hold both glasses together and — still keeping them on their sides — press the bottoms of both glasses against the wall to ensure they’re even. From here you can glue the third glass on top of the pyramid, once again pressing all the bottoms against the wall for an even finish. This creates a three-piece pyramid, but you can use the same technique to expand it to a six- or even 10-jar version. Costs will vary depending on your glassware, but you can make this for under $15 if you use Mason jars or visit a restaurant supplier for barware. You can build it in about 30 minutes.
Makeup Magnet Board
If you don’t have any drawer space in your bathroom, a makeup magnet board can save the day by turning your wall into your storage area. For this project you’ll need a large, decorative picture frame and its hanging hardware, a piece of sheet metal, a package of round magnets and a hot glue gun. You may also want to add decorative wrapping paper or wallpaper.
Have your hardware store cut the sheet metal to fit your frame. If you want to cover it with decorative paper, cut a piece to fit your frame as well. Remove the glass cover from your frame; then add the paper and sheet metal layers. Finish with the frame’s original back and secure; hang it on the wall. All that’s left to do is use a dot of hot glue to add a magnet to the back of each container of makeup you wish to hang up. Once the glue is dry, you can arrange your makeup artfully on the board. This project takes less than an hour and costs between $30 and $50, depending on the size and type of frame you choose.
So if you’re looking for a fun way to organize your beloved makeup collection on the cheap, these chic homemade storage ideas might be just what you’re looking for. After all, the less time you spend searching through your makeup, the more time you can spend playing with it, right? Happy crafting!