A while ago, I became a bit addicted to acrylic storage. I didn't do a post on it because I always seemed to be waiting for something to arrive - but trust me, I bought the Muji drawers, the Osco drawers, the lipstick holders, the brush holders, the little drawers, the Homestore and More drawers - if it was acrylic, I wanted it. Which was fine. Until I realised that I have nowhere to put it.
My Muji drawers live on a shelf in the bathroom and I'm working out of a makeup bag - it's ridiculous. I got palettes for Christmas that I haven't seen since the day I got them. I can find nothing. I've wanted something more accessible for a long time (and something I don't have to keep in the bathroom), so I decided to get an IKEA Helmer. Sure I have the Canon and the topknot, all I need now is the Michael Kors rose gold watch, right?
Big problem. I live in Longford, I don't drive, my husband doesn't know Dublin very well and if we have a buggy in the boot, we can put sweet feck all else in there. Enter eBay - there's a guy in Germany selling Helmers for the pretty reasonable sum of €52 (includes shipping via DHL). I ordered a red one, then I started to look for drawer dividers or containers I could use for separating makeup.
I remembered that Aisling from Total Makeup Addict had done some storage posts about how she DIY'd dividers for her Alex drawers, then remembered her DIY lipstick holder. With that in mind, and not having my Helmer yet, I didn't want to devote a whole drawer to lipstick. I decided to make a divider for a box, so I could fit other lip products like liners and glosses in the same drawer. I have a few empty beauty boxes lying round, so I picked the Valentine's Glossybox because it's white and clean looking.
I ordered a couple of sheets of foam board, a new knife and a new ruler from K&M Evans - the whole lot came to around €15 (a big chunk of that was a courier delivery fee) and it arrived in less than 24 hours. Delighted! I know that Aisling used 5mm board in her drawers but mine will be significantly smaller so I chose the 3mm. The sheet in the picture is an A2, I also ordered a couple of A1 sheets for the drawers.
Let's get to work!
First, measure the length, width and height of the Glossybox. I'd imagine they're all standard, but do double check. Mine was 20cm(L) x 16cm(W) x 6cm(H).
Now - how will you know how many slots you need? Grab some lipsticks (including your largest ones like Estee Lauder) and pop them in to see how many you can fit in.
This box fits 48 lipsticks comfortably - 6 across and 8 down. I know that there are 9x7 in that photo but you can see that there isn't much room between them, and bear in mind you have to leave space for foam. Therefore we'll need 7 short pieces of foamboard and 5 long ones. Now - we know that the box measures 16cm across, and that it's 6cm high, so I cut out a rectangle from the foam that measured 16cm x 5cm because I didn't want the holder all the way to the top. Pop the rectangle in the box to make sure it fits.
Do the same with the long piece (20cm x 5cm) and cut the rest of the pieces out.
Now - I went woefully wrong here, and I'll tell you exactly what I did because I think it could be a common mistake. Firstly, draw a line across your foam lengthways to divide it into two equal sections. That's fine. Next, divide your board into sections, making sure to use a lipstick as a guide. I didn't - I divided my little ones into 2cm spaces and they were far too small so I had to cut more out.
Your long pieces should be marked off into 8 x 2 squares. Your little pieces should be marked into 6 x 2 squares. As you can see, mine are both 8 x 2 which will be way too tight for lipstick.
Cut a slot halfway down one end of the squares, then round the corners to make them look nicer. This is possibly the most tedious job I have ever encountered - use a craft knife if at all possible, I used a scissors because I don't like using knives when the babies are toddling about and it TOOK AGES. But it will be worth it, promise!
Make your holder by slotting the pieces together where you made the slots. Make a square first, then add in the other pieces.
This is what you're left with - if you measured correctly, this should slot right in to the Glossybox with no issues. Be careful!
This holder has 64 spaces because of the 7 slots on my short pieces - that's way too many. I cut 7 new short pieces, and used the ruler as a width guide to divide them into 6 slots, which fit far better and looks like this;
Much better! This container fits 48 lipsticks comfortably, including large bullets. There's only one thing left to do - fill her up!
Dear god, I'm going to have to make another one!!
To finish it off, I used the pink ribbon from the box around the sides and got my label maker out.
I'm delighted with how it turned out - I'm going to make another one with half lipstick storage and half gloss storage because I know well if I make another full lipstick box I'll buy lipstick for the sake of filling it (that's what happened when I bought the acrylic stuff).
How do you store your lipstick?