Pintimidation: How to Create a Magnetic Makeup Board and Organizational Jars

Pintimidation: How to Create a Magnetic Makeup Board and Organizational Jars

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I pinky swear that I try really, really hard to be organized. I’ll come up with a “system” and I’ll spend a great deal of time mentally “revamping” my entire current routine and I’ll fill my heart with optimism and determination.

Pintimation -- Pins that work!That lasts until the moment I find myself in a hurry and everything I planned suddenly goes to hell. This is especially true of the items I use on a daily basis, like my cosmetics, lotion, and deodorant, all of which I keep together… and all of which end up knocked over or on the ground or haphazardly tossed aside along with all of those so-called organizational “plans” I’d worked really hard on.

I mean well, but I find it hard to stay organized. So when I saw this pin for a magnetic cosmetic board, I was immediately intrigued. Could this be the thing that magically solved all of my organizational issues?

No.

Was it a super cute way of storing the makeup I used daily so that it always had a “place”?

Yes!

The transformation

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Not bad, right? I combined a few Pinterest projects, including this “salsa candle jar” tutorial, in order to achieve it. I wanted the jars to hold things like my most used makeup brushes, Q-tips, and makeup remover pads.

For the magnet board, I stuck magnets on most of the larger makeup items — tiny eyeshadow palette, cream eyeliners, and other eye shadows — but I didn’t want to glue magnets to every single thing. I felt magnets on things like my mascara and eyeliner would make them too clumsy to use. Instead, I made a box and attached magnets to the back of that — the box holds all of my skinnier items.

All items to make the glass containers and the magnetic makeup board came from the dollar store (even the adorable chalkboard labels!) — here’s how I did it!

How to create a magnetic makeup board and organizational jars

Glass containers

What you’ll need

  • Two glass candlesticks
  • Two glass OR plastic containers
  • Chalkboard stickers
  • Chalk
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks (refills)

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Directions

1. Warm up the hot glue gun. While you’re waiting, wash and clean all of the glass or plastic items, including peeling the sticker(s) off of the jars.

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2. Once glue gun has been warmed up, flip the jars over. Take the candlesticks and figure out where you’d like them to go. Ideally, they should go in the center of the bottom of the jar, but it doesn’t need to be perfect — just make sure the weight of the jars will be evenly distributed onto the candlestick. Eyeballing it is totally fine.

3. Glue edges of candlestick and immediately press onto the bottom of the containers. Hold for 30 seconds. (Note: hot glue IS NOT the best way to get glass to stick with glass. But I was lazy, and I worked with what I’ve had. I’ve been using my jars for more than a month now and they still work fabulously!)

4. Let the candlestick and jar sit for a moment. In the meantime, take out your chalkboard stickers! I got mine from the dollar section at Target, but I have also seen them sold on Etsy and Very Jane. This look could be achieved with chalkboard paint (available on Amazon) as well.

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5. Flip the jars right side up (this gives you an opportunity to test and make sure they are holding together well) and apply the sticker(s).

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6. Write whatever you’d like on the chalk stickers, and you’re done!

Magnetic makeup board

What you’ll need

  • Metal surface that magnets will stick to — I used a pan from the dollar store
  • Magnets
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks (refills)
  • Everyday makeup (or whatever it is you would like to have on this magnetic board)
  • Optional: adorable puppy in the background for moral support

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Directions

1. Open your package of magnets and test them against the metal surface. How strong are they? Based on that, estimate how many you think you’ll need to use on each piece of makeup so it will stay on the board, but still be relatively easy to take off of. (Remember, you will be using this daily, so you don’t want the magnets to hold onto the board too strongly.) I wanted to use plain magnets, but I settled for these button magnets because they were readily available and I wouldn’t have to wait for them to ship.

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2. Since your glue gun is already warm from the previous task, get to work! Glue your magnets onto the back of each piece of makeup. Be sure to keep in mind that these magnets will be permanent — do not glue them in an area that will make it difficult to use your makeup.

3. Continue to do this until all necessary pieces are paired with a magnet.

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4. Test out each item, now with magnets attached, to see how well it holds. For some heavier items, you may need to affix another magnet to the back. If you can hold the entire thing upside down and nothing falls, you’re probably good.

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Decorative paper box

What you’ll need

  • Old box
  • Decorative paper of some sort (I used some leftover scrapbook paper I had)
  • Glue (Elmer’s will do) OR tape (regular tape is fine)
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks (refills)
  • Magnets
  • Optional: ribbon

Directions

1. Find a box that’s the size of the “pouch” you’d like to use to hold your items. I used an old crayon box, cut in half, like this:

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2. Cut it to the appropriate size. For me, cutting off about one-quarter of the box was good. It left three-quarters of the box in tact, just deep enough to store all of my items, but not so deep that I’d have to hunt around for them every time I needed to use them.

3. Wrap it in decorative paper! Make sure all the glue/tape/whatever you decide to use to fasten it shut goes in the back, where your magnets will go. No one will see this portion so it doesn’t need to look very pretty. Your goal is just to cover up the box you are using so that it’s unrecognizable. You only need to make the front and sides look nice.

4. Embellish — add a ribbon, glitter, pom poms, whatever. I went with a black lace ribbon, tied in a bow, as an accent.

5. Once your box is properly wrapped and made pretty, attach appropriate magnets to the back using hot glue gun. Test on metal board and adjust magnets as needed.

The finished product

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Verdict

I loved it! These pins were all crazy easy, and they came out cute. I’ve been using this new makeup center for a few weeks now, and I’m in love. For $6, I created a makeup center that helps keep me organized during my busy mornings, and my makeup is always where I expect it to be… which is good, because I misplace things. A lot.

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