Since falling down the decluttering rabbit hole, I’ve also fallen into the Pinterest organization rabbit hole. I mean, I know we’ve all done it. We all have that Pinterest board of these fantasy projects that we’re like, “Yes! I’m going to DO this! Like for real. Just like the 50 other pins on this board.”
Yeah, I see you.
Well, I did it. I did some projects. Are you proud of me? I’m proud of me.
A few of my favorites were projects that centered around organizing my makeup and jewelry, because they’re such beautiful things – they should be placed beautifully, too.
Framed Jewelry Display
I love an open display, and I was REALLY tired of my necklaces getting tangled in my jewelry box. I didn’t want to add another piece of bulky furniture to my room, so I decided to put some cute picture frames to good use.
It’s really simple and requires 4 items:
Just take the glass front out of the picture frame, cut a piece of cork to the size of the glass panel you’ve just removed (I just traced the glass panel right onto the cork with a pencil to keep the lines nice and straight).
Then place the cork right where the glass panel used to be. It’s as easy as that.
Magnetic Makeup Board
I had seen this one floating around all over my favorite makeup boards, and it’s such a beautiful way to store makeup (PLUS it makes it so much easier to find!).
I was lucky that I happened to have a cute, vintage serving tray, so all I had to do was add magnets to the backs of my makeup. I used stick-on magnetic strips because they’re so easy to cut to size and stick right on. This even works for depotted makeup – I used it for my favorite blushes and bronzer.
For a more customized option, try this tutorial from Gloss 48
Cigar Box Lipstick Holder
I knew I wanted to make good use of this slim, lovely cigar box, and I thought it was perfect for lipstick. I mean, lipstick and cigars are the same shape and width, if not the same length. Initially, I’d been laying all of my lipsticks on theirs sides in this cigar box, but it just wasn’t working out. I had to dig around to find the ones I wanted, I’d have to rearrange everything to get the box to close again… it was a mess. Then I tried standing them up on their own, but they’d just tip over. Also a mess.
Then I noticed a box that had once held wine bottles – it had this fold-in divider that created a spot for each bottle. It was perfect! And I had these boxes left over from all the Amazon shopping I’d done for the other 2 DIYs, so I used it to make a grid.
First, I cut cut the cardboard into strips, 5 vertical, 5 horizontal (for the sake of demonstration, I’m showing 2×2, which creates 9 spaces). Following that, I cut slits evenly into each strip to accommodate the others and create a grid.
I wiggled each strip into the other, one by one, like so:
Then voila! After they were all put together, it was a grid with a space for each tube of lipstick that I own (and then a little more space that I currently use for hairpins).
Granted, it’s not very pretty, and frankly, if I were to do it over again I’d use cardstock or a very heavy paper – just something that isn’t as thick and bulky as cardboard.
Now I know that we don’t all have pretty cigar boxes just lying around, but fear not! This is a GREAT way to upcycle a Birchbox – they’re really so versatile, slim, and easy to repurpose.
I love a good DIY project, and I especially love finding beautiful storage solutions. What Pinterest projects are on your list?