DIY Makeup Organizer

Makeup organizer in use and full of brushes.

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Getting Started

The completed makeup organizer.
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No vanity, no problem! Sometimes you have to make the best of the space you have. Enter this eco-friendly craft that repurposes some old cans and turns them into a lovely piece that can sit on top of your dresser. Choose your favorite decorative papers, base, and paint color to completely customize this project to your space. You won't believe how much this little organizer can hold. Here's how to make your own in an hour or two.

Gather Your Supplies

Supplies for a DIY makeup organizer.
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Sure you could use a plank of wood, but craft stores sell pre-cut wood plaques that have decorative edges that look much cuter. Choose your size based on the amount of storage you're in search of. The other supplies needed for making a DIY makeup organizer are:

  • Wood plaque
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Clean cans
  • Decorative paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Choose decorative papers that are pretty but also slightly related. You want them to all hang together nicely. As for the cans, using large, small, and standard sizes as a mix makes this organizer look much more interesting. The different sizes also offer a range of storage opportunities as well.

Paint Your Wood Base

Paint the wood base of the makeup organizer.
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Choose a shade of craft paint that accents the decorative paper you've chosen for the cans nicely. You want something that stands out and works with your decor. Using a paintbrush cover the surface of the plaque completely. Depending on how light the color is, you may need more than one coat. Also, keep in mind that these wood plaques are unfinished, so some corners and sides might be rough. Keep in mind that you may want to sand then wipe them down before you start painting. It really just depends on what you get from the store. Let the paint dry completely before attaching anything to the plaque.

Wrap the Cans in Paper

A can wrapped in deocrative paper.
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Lay your cans on the back side of your decorative paper. You definitely want more than one pattern—pick a few that work well together. Vary the scale of each pattern for each result. Mark and cut the paper the length of the can. Repeat for each of your cans. Using the hot glue gun, glue the decorative paper strips to each can. To avoid seeing the glue lines, simply dot the glue down the seam on the side of each can. Press the paper down against the glue. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Glue the Cans on the Base

Glue the paper wrapped cans to the wood base.
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Before you touch your glue gun, play with the positioning of the cans until you find an arrangement you like. Once you feel ready, start by running a ring of hot glue around the bottom of the first can and stick it to the wood plaque. Repeat with all of your remaining cans. For the best final look, you'll want to get creative with where you've placed the paper seams. Most times you can hide each seam by gluing the next can on top of it. Once they're all glued down, let the glue cool completely before adding your beauty products.