Friday, July 4, 2014

DIY Framed Magnetic Makeup Boards

Bathroom organization

 brought to you by the power of magnetism

Today's project is more for the ladies out there, magnetic makeup boards.  So I have been using mineral makeup for years now and those little containers can be an OCDs nightmare.  I've tried many ways to organize them and still be able to see all the colors.  I'm a huge Everyday Minerals fan and the lids on their containers are white and the container itself is clear.  So if I can see the bottom of the containers, which also happens to have the color name on the bottom, then life is good.   So I bring you, the magnetic makeup board.
What you need:

A frame of your choice, can be any size and shape you want.  I am using two 11" x 14" frames I found at my local hobby store.

A galvanized sheet of metal.   I scored this one at my local big box home improvement store in the welding department for $10.

If you frame came with glass, take that out, then if your mirror came with backing you have an instant template.  Cut your metal sheet to fit that size.  Resemble your frame and ta-da.

Now the magnetism part.   You will need one hot glue gun, some magnets ( I used 6 mm magnets, bought really cheaply online)  an orange stick or wood stick of some kind helps save your fingers and a piece of aluminum foil.  Oh and your makeup containers.

Now just dab on some glue in the center, place a magnet, the wood stick really helps for this and the secret, immediately press the magnet side down onto a sheet of aluminum foil.  This flattens and levels the glue so that the glue does not end of up higher than the magnet so the magnet makes good contact.

 These cool really fast.  In a minute or two they will be ready and can be peeled off the foil.

 You can even do tubes.  These are powered mineral makeup in a roll on tube.  Lipsticks work great too.  I used one magnet per tube or small jar, 2.5 gram, and two or three magnets on the large containers, 5.5 gram.

And the finished product.  

This is bonus storage for any of you lucky people that own Ikea cabinets.  The sides and backs of the drawers are metal.  So...magnets stick to metal.  I am using the drawers sides to store all kinds of things.  It works fabulous for lipsticks and such.  

Blushes attached to side of drawer.

Bonus tip for all you mineral makeup users:

And if your going to the craft store, pick yourself up one of these.  They are in the painting supply isle.  They are super cheap, talking .99 cents here or less.  They are great for applying color, mixing with mediums, or just using to apply dry powers with a wet brush and not contaminant your main container.


  1. You are sooo clever, KIffany. The DIY channel would be lucky to get you.

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  3. I really like what you did with your magnet board. Most of magnet boards would usually have notes or magnetic letters on them for reminders, but you've found another great use for it. And I also like the color of your frames, as they seem vibrant and lively. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post with us, Kiffster. All the best!

    Rosemary Bailey @ WabiCorp

  4. This is a great way to organize make up, and you can even hang it right beside a large mirror. And you can even reuse some old metal sheets for it, so that you don’t have to spend too much on a new one. Anyway, thanks for sharing his lovely DIY. Cheers!

    Bernice Parsons @ Badger Anodising