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DIY Lipstick & Blush Organizers With Macaron Boxes

Turn macaron boxes into sweet storage solutions for your makeup.
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March 10, 2015
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DIY, lipstick, blush, organizers, recycling, upcycling

Macaron boxes have exactly two uses in my life: they house one of my favorite sweets on the planet, and they’re typically sturdy enough to store the overflow of my makeup collection. Today I'm going to show you how I use my excess, super cute boxes to create organizers for blush and lipstick.

First up, the blush box.


Supplies

  • Macaron box
  • Cardboard insert that comes with the box (or cereal box cardboard to DIY)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Spray adhesive or glue and colored paper for decorating (optional)

Directions

To start, place the insert inside the macaron box where you want the ramp or slope to be. If you don’t have a cardboard insert, you can cut a cereal box into a rectangle that's the same length but about half an inch wider than the macaron box. Fold the sides inward so the cardboard fits inside the macaron box snugly.

1.) Mark where the insert hangs over the edge of the box on both sides.2.) Use a ruler or measuring tape to trace a straight edge that connects both marks.3.) Cut small slits on each side to accommodate the flaps that fold inward. In the photo above, I’m cutting along the white marks I drew.4.) Make a fold where you made a marking with a ruler, and secure the resulting slope shape in place with tape.5.) Put the slope inside the macaron box to create a ramp

If you want to get fancy, you can glue colored paper to the box and cut the sides of the box to go along with the shape of the slope inside. The addition of a ramp will help elevate some hard-to-see blushes while pushing forward the blushes you tend to use, or want to use more often.

Now it's time for lipsticks!


Supplies

  • Macaron box
  • The sleeve that the macaron box comes with and/or cereal box cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Spray adhesive or glue and colored paper for decorating (optional)

Directions

1.) First, cut along the folds of the sleeve so you get four equal-size strips. You can also make your own strips by tracing the macaron box onto cereal box cardboard and then cutting the shape out.2.) Fill the box lengthwise and widthwise with as many lipsticks as possible, using your thickest lipstick containers as a guide to get an idea of how many long and short (or horizontal) dividers you’ll need. If you’re using a macaron box that holds about six macarons, you’ll probably need two long dividers to hold standard size lipsticks.

3 and 4.) Cut long strips of the macaron sleeve that will become your dividers running lengthwise and short strips that will become your dividers running widthwise. Make sure the strips are all the same height, and trim them so they fit snugly in the box. If the strips bend at all, trim them some more.

5 and 6.) Measure the widest lipstick you plan to store. When you get that number, add a few millimeters to it and mark the resulting number on your measuring device. That number is basically the amount of space you’ll want to allot each lipstick lengthwise and widthwise (assuming your lipstick can fit in a square shape.)

7.) Using the marking on your measuring device as a guide, start creating equal-spaced marks across your dividers. Extend those marks halfway down the dividers.

8.) Cut slits along those marks. Use two snips of your scissors since you’ll want to create a wider slit. You may want to lay a few dividers on top of each other when cutting the slits to save time.

9.) Assemble the dividers by holding the long and short dividers perpendicular to each other, lining up the slits and gently pushing down so the dividers overlap. Do this one at a time so you don’t damage the dividers in the process.

TIP: If your divider ends up slanted or the lipstick slots seem uneven, you may need to trim the dividers or enlarge the slits. To add a personal touch, you can wrap the box in printed paper like I did.

Use this lipstick organizer to store your growing lipstick collection. It always helps me to store them upside down, so I can see the product names.

  • How do you store your makeup? Do you DIY? Share, please!
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