Makeup Organizer Idea: How to Build an Affordable Cosmetics Holder

Are you tired of your makeup cluttered all over the bathroom counter?

It's time to get organized and create your very own DIY makeup organizer. Not only will it help you keep your cosmetics in check, but it's also an excellent way to get creative with your bathroom accessories.

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In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to make a DIY makeup organizer using affordable items from Dollar Tree.

Creative napkin holder makeover

Tools and Materials:

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Now, let's transform these simple items into a handy makeup organizer!

Craft with cutting board

1. Tracing and Cutting the Chopping Boards

The first step is to create the makeup compartments. Take the plastic chopping boards and the chrome napkin holders.

Trace around the napkin holder

Trace the napkin holder onto the chopping board. You'll need to do this four times to match the four napkin holders you have.

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Once you've traced them, carefully cut out the half circles from the chopping boards.

Alternative use for paper towel holder

2. Gluing the Chopping Board Pieces

Now, it's time to put everything together.

Use E6000 glue for a strong bond

Use a powerful glue, like E6000, for this step.

DIY makeup organizer with Dollar Tree items

Attach the pieces of the plastic chopping board to the sides of the chrome napkin holders. Make sure to use enough glue to secure them properly.

Let this dry completely before moving on to the next step.

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3. Assemble the 2-Tier Makeup Holder

For a more efficient makeup organizer, we're going to create a 2-tiered setup.

Stick napkin holders to paper towel holder

Take two of the chrome napkin holders and glue them to the bottom of the paper towel holder.

2 tiered makeup organizer tutorial

Once that's dry, tilt it on its side and attach two more chrome napkin holders toward the top of the paper towel holder.

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To keep everything steady while it dries, you can place a book or something similar to prevent it from rolling around.

Add zip ties for security

4. Adding Zip Ties for Extra Security

Although the glue does a good job of securing your DIY Dollar Tree makeup organizer, a little extra security never hurts.

Use zip ties on the top two napkin holders to make sure that when you fill your organizer, it won't go anywhere.

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5. Organize Your Makeup

With everything now securely in place, it's time to add your makeup. Place your most-used products, like nail polish and hand lotions, into your new makeup organizer. You can put it in your bathroom for easy access, making your morning routine a breeze.

More Homemade Organizers

For more stylish ways to store your makeup, check out this clever DIY Makeup Organizer tutorial.

Homemade cosmetics holder

DIY Tutorial: Makeup Organizer Idea

This homemade cosmetics holder is not only practical but also a fantastic addition to your bathroom. You can make your mornings more efficient while adding a touch of personality to your space.

What do you think of this DIY makeup organizer idea? Have you tried any similar projects? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

Sarah Vanderkooy
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  • Betty Betty on Oct 20, 2023
    What a clever way to organize your makeup!
  • Karen Barger Uhlich Karen Barger Uhlich on Oct 21, 2023
    This is great! If you bent one side of the paper towel holder base and then just added two napkin holders to the unbent side, you could hang it on a wall. I'd have to do that to find a place for it in my tiny bathroom.
    • Windy179r Windy179r on Oct 24, 2023
      You can also use it on the corner of your bathtub to hold soap and shampoo