Makeup storage crafts

Up-cycling my Birchboxes into stylish makeup storage drawers…

Hey my little Brushaflies and welcome back to another blog post of makeup storage creative-ness and solutions. I have a lot of makeup, I mean, a lot. Not as much as some beauty YouTubers out there, but I could open my own small shop with what I own lol. But I am forever rearranging my makeup table trying to make it all fit. But… I had a great idea!!! Birchbox Towers…

So, last year I used to subscribe to Birchbox, I stopped after a year as their service wasn’t as good as it used to be and I wasn’t getting a good range of products and even some of the same products as previous months. But I kept all the boxes, which led me to the idea of making some pretty stylish makeup drawers. So this blog post is just to show you guys the transformation and what you could also potentially do to yours if you have empty Birchboxes lying around. Now, I know I’m not the first one to recycle Birchboxes this way (I don’t know who was) but if you research it on Pinterest and online then you can find some awesome Up-cycling Birchbox projects. This is just my take on it!!!

What I needed:

  • Birchboxes
  • pva glue
  • Super glue
  • Pen
  • Buttons (You’ll see which ones layer on)
  • Colourful / glittery card
  • Scissors
  • Primer / base coat paint
  • Gloss paint
  • Makeup to fill it with lol 😜

So first thing first I glue my whole stack of boxes to together to make what I call ‘Birchbox towers’. It does remind me of an apartment block lol.

Once they were nice and dry and definitely stuck to one another I did a primer coat of paint all over them. I chose to do a primer base coat because some of the colour were super bright and would bleed through normal paint!

Whilst the first coat (primer base coat) was drying I set about fixing the drawers so they looked pretty and uniform. I decided to go for a rather glitzy and pretty yet clean and stylish look to them. Plus I wanted them to match my lipstick storage that I made (blog post for that here -)

I took the drawers and placed them on the card and drew around them so I knew the size of card that was needed. Because some of the drawers were slightly different to each other I had to draw around every draw to make sure I got the sizing right. Then I cut out the card, spread some pva glue on the face of the drawer and placed the right sized card on it and pushed down gently on it. Then I turned it over, so the drawers own weight would help keep it in place and set in the right place.

Once they were dried and set I got onto the new problem I had caused myself lol. Usually the drawers have a cut out lip so you can pull them open. I didn’t want that lip so just cut the card the same all the way around, which meant I had no lip to open the drawer… But I had a pretty and glam idea in the form of buttons… Yes… Buttons.

Hobby craft sells some pretty cute buttons, the ones I found looked like mini glam drawer handles. Because there was only three in a pack and I needed 10 for 10 drawers I had to buy a few, which at £2.30 wasn’t cheap but at the same time its not quite an expensive new unit from a furniture shop. So with the buttons I super glued them to each drawer (just remember if you are a young-un, get parents to help you with super glue if you are planning on making these too).

Next I left the drawers and ventured back to Birchbox towers which had dried nicely and it was time for their second coat with a grey gloss paint.

I was getting so excited about my newest makeup storage addition and I couldn’t wait to see it all nice and glam on my table. So as soon as they were dry I placed the drawers in and admired them. They were gorgeous!!!

I dashed upstairs and took my time arranging all my makeup into the separate drawers. Taking the time to look at my handy work and admire it, and think on how I had saved the boxes from just going in the bin (recycling obviously).

I feel that my new storage really fits in well with the aesthetic of my makeup table and room and the colours are just gorgeous and perfect, I love them. Plus apart from buying the buttons, the coloured card and the actual Birchboxes themselves, it wasn’t too expensive to make. My husband already had the primer and paint from a previous project. All in all, I think they are a fabulous addition to my room, collection and home. What do you guys think?

Have you done anything with Birchboxes? If you have I would love to see them. Just tag me in a pic of them over on Instagram – My Brushafly mua Instagram page

That’s all for today’s blog post, let me know what you think 😁 and I hope you all take care my little Brushaflies and speak soon xoxo

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