Makeup Holder Ideas – DIY Shabby Chic Makeup Organizer

Makeup Holder Ideas

Makeup Holder Ideas

My dressing table can get really messy so I wanted to look into ways of organising all of my makeup brushes, nail art tools and eye-liners. I like the acrylic cosmetic holders you can buy and reviewed the nail polish acrylic holders here as it was such a great buy and just the right storage for my nail polishes. For my brushes I wanted something a bit prettier and more personal as they will be going on my dressing table. I looked on Pinterest at different DIY Makeup holder ideas and decided I was going to decorate different sized jam jars to create the holders.

Makeup Holder Ideas

I found different expressions and typography I liked online and copied the phrase onto the clean jam jars with a Sharpie. I then used the Pebeo Vitrea 160 Transparent Outliner to draw over the Sharpie outline to raise the text from the Jam Jar. I initially tried going over the writing with a Glue Gun but it was so much harder, inaccurate and looked messier. The Pebeo Vitrea 160 Transparent Outliner was a little fiddly but gave good even results and was quick to apply. I left the Pebeo Vitrea 160 Transparent Outliner to dry for 24 hours and then put in the oven for 40 minutes at 160 degrees.

Makeup Holder Ideas

I went to B&Q and bought 4 matt paint tester pots in Value GreenValue Blue, Colours Soft BlackColours Marshmallow. I also bought a cheap Paint Brush and a Coarse Sanding Sponge. I painted the insides of my jam jars in Soft Black left for an hour and applied a second coat. I then painted the outside of the embossed jam jars all over with 2 coats of the coloured matt paints.

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Once dry I used the Coarse Sanding Sponge over the writing to remove the paint and let the Pebeo Vitrea 160 Transparent Outliner layer show through. I also sanded in different areas of the jam jars gently to make them distressed. I neatened up the top of the jar by using a Glue Gun to stick on the Rustic Twine, wrapping the Twine around and then giving it a bow at the front.

Makeup Holder Ideas

Products used to create the shabby chic makeup organizers –

Pebeo Vitrea 160 Transparent Outliner
Value Matt Paint Green Tester Pot
Value Matt Paint Blue Tester Pot
Colours Matt Emulsion Paint Soft Black Tester Pot
Colours One Coat Paint Marshmallow Tester Pot
Paint Brush, 19mm 
Flexible Angled Sanding Sponge Medium/Coarse
Craft Making Natural Brown Rustic Twine 
Sharpie Permanent Marker
Glue Gun

I hope my Makeup Holder Ideas have inspired you, if you want to see any more of my DIY Projects they can be found here and if there is anything you would like to see me create in the future please leave them in the comments below.

Final Results

‘Explore Your Heart’

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‘Enjoy the little things’

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‘All You Need <3’

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‘Je t’aime’

Makeup Holder Ideas



  1. Ellen Bourne
    2014/05/19 / 18:03

    These turned out so nicely, I love them!

  2. Marie
    2014/05/20 / 03:04

    Great idea! Will def do with my MAC collection.

    Lets keep and touch and follow each other on bloglovin! I always follow back!

    Love from Canada,

    Marie from

  3. 2014/05/20 / 09:03

    I love love love love these jars!!
    Such a wonderful idea!
    I love shabby chic and these would look great in my bathroom!
    Thanks for a great post!
    xo Holly xo


  4. 2014/05/20 / 16:25

    Great ideas! they are so pretty and original!

  5. Elizabeth Butler
    2014/05/24 / 18:15

    Very cute idea especially the rope detailing, I almost prefer them without the paint though!

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