Monday, February 10, 2014

Upcycle: Candle Jar & Mardi Gras Beads Into Makeup Brush Holder

This is a tutorial for making your own makeup brush holder out of a used candle jar and Mardi Gras beads!

When I decided to turn an empty candle jar into a makeup brush holder, I didn't have any small glass beads you commonly see to use as filler. I did, however, have quite a few strands of Mardi Gras beads in my party supplies from the kids' birthday parties and holiday parties over the years. I thought it would make a great substitute and I wouldn't even have to leave my house into the blizzard weather to get filler!
Let's get started!

1) I cleaned out the used candle residue by running hot water (be careful!) on the outside of the jar. When the majority of the wax came out, I scrubbed the inside of the jar with a rough sponge, dish soap, and hot water (cool enough to handle).

2) I collected silver bead strands to fill the jar enough to hold brushes. You can determine how many strands you will need by balling them up and placing them in the jar. The beads, once cut, will sit a little lower than they do still strung on the strands. For my jar, I used 2 necklaces.

3) Next, I took a pair of scissors and began cutting the beads from the strand. They were not simply strung on through holes; instead, each bead was attached and had to be individually cut from the string. I cut the strand, and then began freeing each bead. When one bead was cut clean from the string, a small piece was left on the end of the strand, which I cut off into a plastic shopping bag on my lap.

4) After I was done cutting, the jar was about 2/3 full of beads. You want to leave some room because the bead level will rise once you add your brushes.

5) I placed the lid of the jar upside down, and set the jar in it to give it a nice silver rim at the bottom. I placed the brushes into the beads and, voila!

An alternative option would be some strands of faux pearls from a thrift shop or garage sale. How beautiful would pearls look?!
If you would like to see other easy upcycle ideas for cosmetic and accessory storage, including the tray pictured below, you can see more examples here.

That's all there is to it! Easy peasy!

Until next time...create away!

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