Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIY Brush Holders

Hi!

My foray into the world of makeup brushes is a recent and small one - I own a handful of cheap ones and I've only recently bought some decent ones. I hate brush rolls - I always forget what I have, or I forget to put them back in. I recently placed a Real Techniques order with iherb (more on that at the end), so while I was waiting for them to arrive, I had a look around to see if I could DIY a pretty brush holder to house my new additions.

After seeing these amazing holders over on Islay's blog (go follow it, it's gorgeous), made from tin cans and wallpaper samples, I trawled decorating sites for wallpaper samples. All the ones I got were free, with free delivery. Most sites have a free sample limit, so do check.

I ordered from Wallpaper Direct, i-Liv, and Farrow & Ball. All samples took around a week to arrive. Here's what I chose:


The ones I chose to use today were the two floral ones at the back, both from i-Liv.

First, I chose two tins - I was making soup today anyway so I rinsed out two empty chopped tomato cans.


I used double-sided tape to stick the wallpaper on, so I left the paper on the cans in order for the tape to adhere a bit better. I measured the height of the cans, then marked the paper for cutting, leaving about an inch at the top. Then I rolled the cans in double-sided tape.


I peeled the backing off the tape, applied the paper carefully, smoothing it out as I went to avoid lumps.


I thought they looked a bit boring like that, so I got some leftover ribbon and tied it around the centre of each can. Then I made some tags, and printed them out.


I secured the tags to the ribbon with some really cute mini clothes pegs I found in my craft box. If you'd like to buy some you can find them in most shops that sell cardmaking supplies. You can also get them on eBay HERE (I find them invaluable when making baby cards - line of string, some cross-stitched baby clothes, couple of mini pegs, voila - washing line).


I'm delighted with how they turned out, and I can't wait to make more for my craft supplies.

I ordered the Real Techniques Eye Starter set and Face Brush from iherb.com for a total of $20 (or€16) including postage - get $5 off your first purchase under $40 or $10 over $40 using the code TMC827. This is an affiliate code and means that I will earn a very (very very) small percentage of any order placed using that code.

25 comments:

  1. Look at you going around being all handy and stuff, if I did this it would look shite, well done missus

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  2. They look great! I have mine in empty pasta sauce jars, this is a much better idea! I like the bargains too :D

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    1. Thanks! I always forget to keep tins & jars x

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  3. Oh they're lovely! I love the little clothes pegs :)

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    1. I thought they were so cute too, surprisingly very handy to have!!

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  4. Very pretty, I use toothbrush holders - managed to find one in snake print and one in leopard print!

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  5. This is a brill idea! I love the little labels you made for them, gorgeous! I mainly use old yankee candle jars for mine but I'd love to spruce them up a bit so might try this x

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  6. They look brilliant, definitely going to give this a try.

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  7. Love it such a great craft idea! :) x

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  8. They're so nice & I love the labels! Mine are thrown into random cups & stuff so I'm going to try this without slicing my hand open when I go home!

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    1. Thanks Chloe! If you use tins with ringpulls there aren't any sharp edges, and tuck the paper round the top after xx

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  9. They turned out so good. :) love abit of arts and crafts :)
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  10. Ok, these are ADORABLE! You are a crafty genius!

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  11. these are pretty pretty awesome! I'm far too lazy for arts n crafts so I've got my granny on this case! She couldn't believe it when I showed her!

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  12. They came out great, so cute! You're one arty and resourceful miss, fair play to ya!

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