DIY Makeup Brush Holder


Today I thought I’d do something a bit different and write a little DIY post for you all. As you will have seen from my previous post, my beautiful Mean Girls brushes arrived on Wednesday – but they are yet to be removed from their packaging simply because I have nowhere to put them! Due to my very real lack of dressing table storage, I decided to trawl through a few websites to find an acrylic brush holder or small set of drawers to fill with makeup brushes. However, I was a bit surprised at the prices and to be honest I really resent the idea of spending £20 on a glorified piece of plastic!

In the end I decided my money would be better spent on other things, so I headed to HobbyCraft to see if I could find something – other than a mug – to use as a brush holder. I saw this odd brown cardboard pencil holder with 6 pots almost straight away… It was perfect! I picked up the holder along with a scrapbook, a few markers and a wooden “L” ornament, paid the measly £10 at the till and then headed home to get arty…


At first I wasn’t really sure what to do with it, but I thought collage and embellishment would be the quickest and easiest things to do on a budget. So here is a little step by step guide to creating a cute makeup brush holder!

Step 1: Find things to cut up

Find yourself some magazines, newspapers, birthday cards – and anything else with colours, imagery and text that you like – to cut up. It’s very therapeutic to get your scissors stuck into something…

Before I got started, I headed to my magazine collection and grabbed a few issues that I don’t read anymore. I opted for my March edition of Glamour, the free Style magazine that I received with my shopping and the Vogue style guide I got a few months ago.


Step 2: Sort the images 

After every image, pattern and quote was cut out, I decided to sort the cuttings by colour. Because there are 6 pots included with this holder, I created 6 piles, so each individual tube would have a different theme.

Step 3: Get gluing!

I used a Pritt stick to cover every tube with the cuttings until none of the original brown paper was showing. I recommend building up layers to cover any obvious straight lines or gaps in patterns.

Step 4: Cover the collage with a layer of PVA glue

PVA glue is a great friend. Not only does it stick down all of the flapping pieces of paper and stubborn corners, but it also leaves the holder with a glossy finish. What more could you ask for?

Step 5: Embellish and Hide!

This step is all about hiding mistakes and scrappy edges… As you can see from the previous photo, the insides of the pots were left looking a little bit messy from all the folding and sticking that occurred in the collage stages. I decided to edge the tops with washi tape to cover all the ripped paper… Coloured tapes can hide a multitude of sins!


Step 6: Fill it

Now your holder is dried and finished, you can fill the pots with whatever you want! I’m filling mine with makeup brushes and smaller makeup products, but these pots can be used for whatever you want!

When I have more time, I’ll also be collaging the brown base and getting creative with glitter glue and a few rhinestones…

Do you have any favourite DIY projects?

Song Recommendation:

Dry The River –> Gethsemane


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