How to Make a DIY Makeup Organizer

Makeup organizer in use and full of brushes.

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Project Overview
  • Working Time: 1 - 2 hrs
  • Total Time: 2 - 3 hrs
  • Yield: 1 Organizer
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $10-20

No vanity? No problem. Sometimes you have to work with the space you have when organizing your bathroom or dresser. Enter this eco-friendly craft that repurposes old cans and turns them into an eye-catching organizer for makeup that can serve as a functional piece of décor. Plan for about two hours to complete this simple DIY project, which can be displayed as soon as the paint and glue dry.

While we're always fans of using makeup to try new styles, the various powder brushes, mascara wands, and lipstick tubes can also clutter the bathroom counter. Many makeup organizers can be a bit pricey—and even when the budget isn't a consideration, it can be tricky to find options that look as unique as your makeup designs. So along with using cosmetics to complete your favorite makeup DIYs, show off your personality through the storage itself with your own hand-picked patterns to inspire your next artistic look.

Here, learn how to make a DIY makeup organizer and display your favorite cosmetics in style.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors


  • 1 wood base
  • 1 paintbrush
  • 1 base paint color
  • 3 clean cans
  • 3 decorative paper sheets


  1. Gather Your Supplies

    Supplies for a DIY makeup organizer.
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    Start by choosing your favorite decorative papers, wood base, and base paint color to customize the makeup organizer to your space. Most craft stores sell pre-cut wood plaques with decorative edges that are ready for paint. For a rustic look, you can use a small piece of worn wood and opt for wood stain rather than paint.

    Choose a piece of wood based on the amount of storage you need. If you only need one container for a few makeup brushes, for example, you can use a small wood base that fits comfortably underneath one can of your choice. For larger collections that can organize a variety of brushes, wands, eyeliner tubes, lipstick, and more, choose a wood base that can hold more cans for storage.

    Your decorative papers can all be the same pattern for a cohesive look, or you can mix-match different patterns of your preference. As for the cans, this organizer looks best with a combination of large, small, and standard sizes for visual interest. Various sizes offer a range of storage opportunities as well.

  2. Paint Your Wood Base

    Paint the wood base of the makeup organizer.
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    Once your supplies are in order, it's time to paint your wood. Begin painting the base before decorating cans to let it dry while you complete the rest of the project. Keep in mind that plaques from the craft store are unfinished, so you might want to sand them for a smoother look to prevent rough corners or edges.

    Using your paintbrush, cover the surface and sides of the plaque completely with the paint color of your choice. Depending on how light the color is, you may need to paint more than one coat. If you're using wood stain, paint a thin layer at first to test the density of your color.

    Let the paint or stain begin to dry, then determine whether you need a second coat. Apply additional layers of color until the wood base has reached your preferred shade. Once the surface has dried completely, it's ready for cans to be attached.

  3. Wrap the Cans in Paper

    A can wrapped in deocrative paper.
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    Choose which pieces of decorative paper you'd like to use for each can, then lay your cans on the backside of the paper. If you're using the same pattern for multiple cans, vary the scale of the paper for more visual interest in your result.

    Mark and cut the paper to the same length and height as your can, then repeat for each can. Using a hot glue gun, attach the decorative paper strips. To hide your glue lines, dot the glue down the inside seam of the paper's edge. Press the paper down against the glue. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

  4. Glue the Cans to the Base

    Glue the paper wrapped cans to the wood base.
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    Before you start attaching them to the base, 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 edge of the first can and stick it to the wood plaque. Repeat with all of your remaining cans.

    For the best final look, consider where the paper seams rest when attaching the cans. Most seams should be simple to hide by arranging them together against the sides of each can.

  5. Let Dry and Display

    The completed makeup organizer.
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    Hot glue dries fairly fast, so if any glue strings are present while attaching your cans to the wood base, pull them off before they dry. Once all cans are glued down, let the glue cool completely. Add your favorite beauty products to your new makeup organizer and choose a spot to display it.