16 July, 2014

How to Create Your Own Makeup Tray in One Afternoon!

Sorry about the picture quality in this post! Please bear with me while I improve things around here. This is my last update for a few days.

Like many of you, I have so much makeup and I don't use them up quickly enough. Thus, many beautiful products would lay forgotten.

I have found that the best way to deal with the high level of products that I have is to plan a weekly look. Basically, I'd plan what makeup am I going to wear for the rest of the week, and put them on my tray. Of course, this all depends on personal preferences, but I prefer to wear my products in rotation, in order to guarantee that everything gets a chance to be loved. ;-)

So, I decided to create a one-of-a-kind, totally unique makeup tray. The instruction for this is below! I have chosen a theme that I call "1920s Glamour," but feel free to choose any theme that you like! The instruction will be based on how I made my makeup tray, but make yours according to your taste. :o)

Materials needed:
  • 1 plain wooden frame that is used for crafting projects. I bought mine in the size of 8x10 inches at Jo-Ann Fabrics for roughly $5.
  • Water-resistant Collage Pauge. A small bottle of this is around $5 at Jo-Ann Fabrics. If you do not have access to Collage Pauge, Mod Podge will work, too (just make sure that it's the water-resistant kind).
  • A large sponge-tipped brush or a basic sponge (for applying Collage Pauge/Mod Podge).
  • 3 different scrapbook paper designs, torn into pieces of various sizes.
  • Pictures of the subject matters that you'd want to feature (I printed my 1920s flapper ladies out from the internet).
  • 1 pretty picture that will be framed. I use a page from a wall calendar, but you may use a vintage picture of an old Hollywood celebrity, a fashion or beauty ad, etc.
  • Glitter glue in your favorite color.

1. Glue the pieces of scrapbooking paper to the frame using Collage Pauge (CP), and then apply a layer of the CP on top of that to seal.

2. Attach the pictures to the frame with CP, and then apply another coat of CP on top of them to seal.

3. Apply glitter glue around each picture. Allow your frame to dry.

4. Frame the picture that you want to be featured prominently.

5. Like most picture frames, this one has a foot in the back of it help it stand up. Remove that foot so that the frame will lay flat.

Your makeup tray, at this point, may be rough around the edges. If that is the case, just smooth the edges out with a nail file.

Tips and hints:

The pictures and scrap paper that you use will affect the "tone" of the frame. For instance, 1940s pinup pictures will create the retro pinup look, while Victorian-era prints can help create a tone of nostalgic elegance. Maybe even use clip-outs from Vogue magazine for a high-fashion design!

Do you use a makeup tray? 
If you have a blog, feel free to leave a link with your answer! :o)


  1. So interesting Never would have thought of using these materials.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nic! I hope that you'll give this a try. :o)

  2. This is too cute! However, it would never work for me within a few days everything would be scattered across it. *covers eyes* lol... lovely idea!

    1. LOL...I'm trying so hard to stick with it right now.

  3. Nice post my dear!


  4. This is a fabulous idea Tammy! I love it! What a great way to display your beauty products. Thanks so much for sharing I will most certainly try this out.

    Keisha xo

    1. I hope that you'll make one! It's so easy. :-)

  5. Aw, this was so helpful, I really wanna make it now! Thanks for sharing hun, love your blog, you've got some great content!


    1. You should make one! It's a great way to use an unwanted picture frame. ;-)

  6. This is such a beautiful idea <3 I love how unique this is and definitely puts good use to old things we don't want any more, to then create something brand new and usable x


  7. Ah so sweet! I would never think of doing anything like this! So creative! x

    1. Awww, thanks for the compliment, Luci!

  8. That's such a innovative idea, loved it !!!

  9. It looks SO gorgeous, and I love DIY like this xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

  10. Great idea, this looks lovely! I have a little tray from Laura Ashley on my bedside table that I keep all of my skincare in, I think it makes it look so much tidier than just having all of your products grouped together :)

    Meg at Meg Says


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