Makeup Brush Storage Ideas

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I just wanted to do a quick post to share with you how I store my makeup brushes. This is not my original idea as I saw it somewhere (I can’t remember where) a few years ago when I was trying to find a better way to display my brushes. Before this I either had them sitting loosely in a taller glass container or stuck in a drawer and I found that both ways were not ideal because I was always having a hard time finding the brush I wanted to use…especially with the smaller and/or shorter ones. They would always annoyingly disappear into the abyss that was my makeup brushes!

The idea I came across was to fill a glass container with unground coffee beans which work like how sand or gravel would in terms of holding the brushes upright in place when you push them into the container. Coffee Beans also smell great (unless you hate the smell of coffee) and they are a really beautiful  and rich dark brown colour. The beans do stop smelling (unless you really stick your face in) after a few months so if you love having that coffee smell in your makeup area you would have to change the beans out every few months.

To add some extra glam to the beans you could mix in some glitter or instead of using coffee beans you could use coloured gravel (like what you see in fish tanks), other types of small decorative stones, glass stones or beads, coloured sand etc. There are really so many different things you could do depending on what type of look you are going for.

You could also change up the shape and size of the glass container you are using. Mine is just a simple cylindrical shape but I have seen rectangles, cubes, triangles, hearts, ovals…all kinds of things. You could really easily and inexpensively make this your own!

Anyway I hope that you might find this helpful if you have been struggling with trying to find an effective, easy, attractive and inexpensive way to store your makeup brushes.

I would love to see pictures of your creations if you decide to try this out!

All the best!

Katie

 

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Festive Holiday Swag Tutorial

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Yes, another tutorial! I promise this will be the last one for awhile but I wanted to use up some of the leftover greens and things that I had from my Festive Holiday Planters. I hate to waste something when with a little bit of effort I can make another beautiful item to add to our holiday decor.

This tutorial was my Youtube video for Vlogmas Day 4 which if you are interested in checking out you can find it at the very bottom of this post.

I made 2 identical outdoor Holiday Swags (I still can’t believe that is what they are called but my research keeps pointing me in that direction in terms of naming what these pretty bunches of greens and ribbon are). I have them hanging on either side of our garage door which is a pretty traditional place to put them I think. I see quite a few of them out in our neighbourhood already.

I chose the red accent pieces for them so they would tie into/coordinate with my Holiday Planters. I just love how pretty all this fresh greenery looks displayed in front of the house!

 

Materials Used:

  • Western Cedar (I had a bundle I purchased just for this project as well as some leftovers from my Holiday Planters)
  • White Pine (this was leftovers from my Holiday Planters so I thought I would incorporate it)
  • Red Mesh Ribbon
  • 2 small stems of artificial red berries
  • Florists Wire
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters
  • Measuring Tape

My finished Swags were about 24 & 1/2 inches long and I made them to be roughly that size because that is what was proportionate to where they were going to be hung on the outside of the house. You could make yours shorter or longer, wider or thinner, whatever you prefer and/or works best for the area you plan to hang them.

You could also use different types of greens than I did or use a larger variety and/or different placement. If I had any of the Silver Fir leftover from my Holiday Planters I probably would have found a way to incorporate that as well. You could also use a totally different type of ribbon. I see a lot of Swags made with velvet ribbon instead of mesh ribbon. I think burlap ribbon would also look pretty if you were going for a more rustic look. You can also buy a pre-made bow instead of making your own like I did.

There are also so many different accessories you could use, the variety of berries to choose from seems endless and you could also add maybe a poinsettia flower or pinecones or glitter leaf stems etc. There are just so many options to make these your own and change them up every year!

 

Cost Breakdown (in Canadian Funds):

  • $5.87 Western Cedar (I am only including the cost of the bundle I bought specifically for the Swags as I costed the leftovers from the Planters into that project already)
  • $0.00 White Pine (I accounted for the cost of this in my Holiday Planters already and what I used here was just the leftovers)
  • $4.71 Red Mesh Ribbon
  • $2.09 Two Stems Red Berries
  • $1.98 Florists Wire
  • $0.00 Glue Gun & Sticks, Scissors, Wire Cutters, Measuring Tape (I already had all of these items on hand)
  • Total Cost: $14.65
  • Price Per Swag: $7.33

*The Cedar and Pine I purchased at Lowes and I purchased them at 20% off. The Mesh Ribbon, Berry Stems and Florists Wire I purchased at Michaels and they were all purchased at 50% off. I should have enough Mesh Ribbon and Florists Wire leftover to use for next year and I hope to use the Berry Stems again as well.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try making these on your own! They are fun to make and look so beautiful hanging outside the house.

Happy Holidays!

Katie

 

Festive Holiday Planter Tutorial

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It is day 2 of Vlogmas on my Youtube Channel and today’s video was a tutorial on how I made my outdoor festive holiday planters for the 2015 holiday season. If you are interested in watching the tutorial and maybe attempting one of these on your own you can check out my video below at the very bottom of this post.

Materials I used:

  • 2 large ceramic planters. These are planters I already owned that I use for my summer annual flowers
  • Potting soil and Sand. I filled the bottom half of the planters with the potting soil (which I had leftover from the summer) and the top half with the sand (I purchased an 18 kg bag from Canadian Tire and used about 3/4 of it)
  • Fresh cut Silver Fir, White Pine, Western Cedar and Dogwood Branches (these I purchased at Lowes)
  • A variety of accessory pieces to use as nice pops of colour and sparkle in the planters. I purchased these all as artificial pieces so I can reuse them for the next few years if they hold up. For the 2 planters I used in total 2 poinsettia flower stems, 3 red berry stems and 4 gold leaf stems. I had also purchased some red mesh ribbon but did not end up using it. (All of this I purchased at Michaels)
  • Wire Cutters, Scissors and a Cerated Knife all of which I already had in the house. I had also purchased some florists wire from Michaels but did not end up needing it.

 

Cost Breakdown (in Canadian funds):

  • $0.00 for the 2 Planters (I already had these)
  • $0.00 for the Potting Soil (I already had this)
  • $6.28 for the Sand (I have 1/4 of the bag left)
  • $4.89 for the Western Cedar (I got this for 20% off)
  • $6.99 for the Silver Fir
  • $4.79 for the White Pine (I got this for 20% off)
  • $4.79 for the Dogwood Branches (I got these for 20% off)
  • $18.51 for the accessories used (poinsettias, gold leaves, berries)
  • Total Spent: $46.25 to make 2 planters
  • Total Price Per Planter: $23.13

*I did not include the cost of the Red Mesh Ribbon and Florist Wire in this breakdown because I did not use them in the planters, however I will be using them in another project very soon which I will be making a tutorial for and will include the cost of these 2 items there.

I did get the majority of the accessories from Michaels for 50% off. I almost never buy anything full price from Michaels as they are always having sales and they always seem to have a coupon running that gives you 40-50% off of one regular priced item. As well they often run coupons for anywhere from 20-50% off of your entire purchase.

 

White Planter

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Green Planter

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I hope you enjoyed and found the tutorial helpful. I just love doing projects like this! I find them to be so fun and relaxing so if you have even a little bit of the crafting bug in you or like to explore your creativity I urge you to give something like this a try for the holidays this year. You will get so much satisfaction in seeing your beautiful creation(s) every time you go in and out of your house.

Thanks for stopping in!

Katie