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DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray | DIY Vanity Tray and Organizer | Makeup Organization | Storage Ideas |diy makeup organizer tray

There are a lot of ways I save on beauty products & toiletries.  I use coupons for toothpaste & razors, make my own dry shampoo, do my nails at home, and haven’t had my hair cut or colored at a salon in years.  But when it comes to beauty, the one thing I am willing to pay a little more for is makeup.

Quite honestly, I used to go a little crazy at the drugstore makeup counter, buying this and that and everything, but then hardly using any of it because the color was a little off or the texture wasn’t quite right  But then eventually I realized it was more cost effective to invest in just a few higher quality items that last and that I love rather than have a whole drawer full of inexpensive makeup that I never use.   It is also a great way to cut down on clutter!

Of course while I might be willing to splurge on high quality makeup, I would rather save as much as possible when it comes to storing it!  Over the years I have tried keeping my makeup in a bag or box or drawer, but I find that it always ends up on the counter eventually.  Finally I just gave in and realized the perfect storage spot was simply a cute tray right on the counter.

Luckily I found the perfect sized tray right at my local dollar store, jazzed it up just a bit with paint and pretty paper, and added a small square vase (also from the dollar store) for holding brushes, mascara, & lip gloss, and voila!  Functional makeup organization for right around $2.

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray | DIY Vanity Tray and Organizer | Makeup Organization | Storage Ideas |diy makeup organizer tray

Here is what you need:

tin tray from the dollar store
spray primer (optional)
spray paint
scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Paint Brush
Sealer
 

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray | DIY Vanity Tray and Organizer | Makeup Organization | Storage Ideas |diy makeup organizer tray

Step 1:  Spray the front of tray with primer if you happen to have it on hand, & let dry.  If you don’t have primer, 2 coats of spray paint should be fine, just be sure to let it dry at least 20-30 minutes between coats. Let final coat dry overnight.

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray | DIY Vanity Tray and Organizer | Makeup Organization | Storage Ideas |diy makeup organizer tray

Step 2:  Cut scrapbook paper to fit bottom of tray, rounding corners if necessary.

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray | DIY Vanity Tray and Organizer | Makeup Organization | Storage Ideas |diy makeup organizer tray

Step 3: Brush bottom of tray with Mod Podge, then carefully press paper over tray from center to edges, pressing out any air bubbles or wrinkles.

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray | DIY Vanity Tray and Organizer | Makeup Organization | Storage Ideas |diy makeup organizer tray

Step 4:  Brush Mod Podge over top of paper and over painted portion of tray.  Let dry.

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray | DIY Vanity Tray and Organizer | Makeup Organization | Storage Ideas |diy makeup organizer tray

Step 5:  Seal tray with a coat of sealer; let dry.

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray | DIY Vanity Tray and Organizer | Makeup Organization | Storage Ideas |diy makeup organizer tray

Step 6:  Arrange makeup on tray, adding small vase or jar to hold brushes if desired.

DIY Dollar Store Makeup Tray | DIY Vanity Tray and Organizer | Makeup Organization | Storage Ideas |diy makeup organizer tray

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What beauty products do you splurge on?  Where do you save?

6 Comments

  1. March 24 at 09:01AM

    OMG I love this! Excuse me while I go buy a million dollar store trays! This is so cute!

  2. March 24 at 11:29AM

    It turned out great—I love the paper you picked out! I’m like you. I’ll splurge on makeup but I don’t go to salons for haircuts, mani/pedis, etc.

  3. March 24 at 11:55AM

    I sell make up, this is a great idea for home and for displays!

  4. March 25 at 04:17AM

    Cute! I never ran out of mod podge yet I haven’t thought of this idea. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Vicki
    July 12 at 11:45AM

    I also like high end makeup, as in general they contain better healthier ingredients, but I try to stick to just the basics and limited colors that work with my personal coloring and wardrobe. I also don’t wear make-up every day. I also like good skin care but stick to basics. I try to get good deals on the better skin care and make up using coupons and taking advantage of gift with purchase and free samples. I do splurge on good hair gel that makes the most of my curly hair, but I only need to wash and condition my hair once a week, in between I just get it good and wet in shower, scrunch in conditioner, use a t-shirt as a hair towel/turban, then scrunch in gel and let air dry. I do get pedicures in spring and summer because I thoroughly enjoy them and they make me feel pretty and pampered, but I don’t get manicures, just trim and file at home, use cuticle oil and occasionally clear polish. I also only get 3-4 haircuts a year. The tray idea is so cute! I have some old trays I would like to try this on, could have so many uses beyond just makeup.

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