14 DIY Makeup Organizer Ideas That Are So Much Prettier Than Those Stacks Of Plastic Boxes

There's a fine line between having an impressive makeup collection and being an excessive cosmetic hoarder. And more often than not, that line is determined by how one organizes their beauty goods. I'm not saying your vanity has to look like a Sephora counter. I'm just saying that if you're the type who owns every single shade from MAC's eyeshadow collection, it's crucial you have a structured way to store it. 

And I'm sure I'm not alone in this thought — there's nothing that feels quite as rewarding as having a tidy closet and a orderly makeup area, right? It almost makes you want to paint your face more when your color-coded lipsticks are all in a row and your makeup brushes are sitting pretty in a cute canister. But unless you're a Kardashian, it can be pretty hard to make extra space for your mascaras and eyeliners and blushes galore in your already crowded room, let alone keep them all in order. So, what's a makeup lover to do? Get creative! 

Thanks to the DIY experts around the web, I discovered dozens of thrifty, adorable and super unique ways to display your cosmetic collection. Find some inspiration from my 14 favorite picks and get to work! 

1. SHOE ORGANIZER

If you're lacking counter space, consider buying an inexpensive shoe organizer to hang on your bathroom door or closet. There will be more pockets for all your beauty goods than you probably even need! 

Hanging Shoe Organizer, $10, Amazon

2. PLANT POTS + DECORATIVE ROCKS

Have a cute pot lying around from one of your dead succulents (RIP, little guy)? Clean it up, get some decorative rocks and boom — instant makeup brush holder! 

White Ribbed Pots, $15, Amazon

Blue Acrylic Ice Rocks, $7, Amazon

3. BOOKCASE + CLEAR STORAGE CONTAINERS 

If you're one of the #blessed ones who has some extra room to spare, consider finding an old bookcase on Craigslist and some clear storage containers to create an epic beauty closet.

Closetmaid Small Bookcase, $24, Amazon

Clear Organizers, $15, Amazon

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4. OLD CANDLES 

Always creative and ever resourceful blogger Life Ann Style repurposed old candles by glueing them on top of one another to create a chic and clean cosmetic holder. Genius! 

5. OLD DINNERWARE 

There's no better excuse to show off those vintage plates and bowls you bought at the flea than by transforming it into a super precious makeup and jewelry holder? Let's be honest, it sure beats covering it with food. To learn how to exactly do this DIY, head to Designs by Studio C for the details. 

6. MAGNETIC MAKEUP BOARD

It's easy to forget what products you've got when they're layered on top of each other. With a magnetic board, you can easily find what you're looking for. Plus, it makes for some pretty awesome wall art! Head over to Liz Marie's blog to get the full details on this DIY. 

2 Pack Cookie Sheets, $21, Amazon

7. TOWEL RODS + BASKETS/PAILS 

Move over, towels. There's a better use for those rods, like hanging cute pails and baskets for your brushes, nail polishes and makeup finds. 

24 Inch Towel Bar, $15, Amazon

6 Small Buckets, $25, Amazon

8. FOAM BOX

DIY extraordinaire P.S. I Made This teamed up with Fashionista and Maybelline to create a sweet, studded makeup holder out of a foam box. Head here to learn how to do it in 10 minutes flat. 

9. OLD PLASTIC BOTTLES 

Instead of tossing those plastic bottles, keep the cute and colorful ones and transform them into cool little storage pots. 

10. VINTAGE BUNDT PAN

Add a vintage touch to your vanity by repurposing an old Bundt pan. 

Vintage Coppertone Bundt Pan, $16, Amazon

11. SUSHI MAT 

All you need is an old sushi mat and some elastic to create a new organizer for all of your makeup brushes. It's also handy for travel! Head to Irina's Cute Box for more DIY instructions. 

5 Pack Sushi Mat, $14, Amazon

12. MASON JARS 

What can't you do with mason jars? Here's another way to incorporate them into your home — by mounting them onto a piece of wood and using it to keep your things tidy in the bathroom! Find out exactly how to recreate this on The DIY Playbook

12 Mason Jars, $18, Amazon

13. TABLE + GLASS TOP 

Now, Liz Marie built an entire custom table to create this to-die-for vanity, but I'm confident you could figure out a way to do the same thing with an old table and a glass top. 

14. PLATTER OR TRAY

If you're the type who likes to see their makeup laid out, here's a fun and inexpensive way to do so. You can leave it as is or get creative with some scrapbook paper for a more customized look. Learn how on We Heart This.  

Gilda Mirror Tray, $25, Amazon

Images: beautyandblush/tumblrmissashiibeauty/Instagram, lifeannstyle/Instagram, Designs By Studio C, Liz Marie Galvan, TamikoBownKai/Facebook, Fashionista, Pluii, Funky Junk Interiors, The DIY Playbook, Liz Marie Blog, We Heart This 

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