How to Make a Makeup Brush Holder

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When your bathroom or vanity drawer space is limited, try adopting a countertop organization system for your makeup brushes and eyebrow grooming tools. Create an easy and attractive way to enhance this new routine by crafting a DIY makeup brush stand out of a block of wood. As an added bonus, you also can add a place for a small vase of flowers. Here's how to make your own.

Make your own countertop makeup brush organizer.
(Carrie Waller)
  • Wooden block, 7-inch-by-3 1/2-inch-by-2 1/2-inch
  • Drill press
  • 1-inch forstner bit
  • 1/2-inch forstner bit
  • Safety glasses and mask
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Plastic painter's tray
  • 2-inch foam paintbrush
  • Small detail paint brush
  • Craft acrylic paint in a variety of colors
  • Masking tape
  • 3/4-inch diameter glass votive vase
Begin the project by purchasing and laying out all of the necessary supplies.
Carrie Waller

Choose a forstner bit to match the diameter of your largest makeup brush and attach it to the drill press.

Measure the diameter of your thickest makeup brush and then find a bit to match.
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Use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark the holes for each makeup brush on the top plane of the wood block. Mark four holes an equal distance from each other and the edge of the block. Then make a single mark for a larger hole to the other end of the block. This will be for the glass vase.

Use a ruler and pencil to make marks on the wood where the holes will go.
Carrie Waller

While wearing proper safety attire, drill the small makeup brush holes into the top of the block.

Drill small holes into the top of the wood block for the brushes to go into.
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Outfit the drill press with a 1-inch forstner bit and drill the larger hole for the vase. Sand down any rough edges on the block surface and holes with 120-grit sandpaper.

Drill one larger hole into the wood block for the vase to go into.
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Add white acrylic craft paint to a plastic painter's tray and coat the block with a layer of paint using a 2-inch foam paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry to the touch for 30 minutes, and then add a second coat. Allow the final coat to dry for at least three hours.

Acrylic white paint gives the wood block an even color and finish.
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Tear off small pieces of masking tape and add them to the front side of the block in your desired pattern. Be sure to press the tape down firmly on all edges with your fingertips to avoid paint seepage.

Give the block a bit of added personality by creating a design on the side with masking tape.
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Use a small detail paint brush or 1-inch foam paintbrushes to add color to the block with craft acrylic paint. Allow each coat to dry for 30 minutes and continue adding coats of paint until you can no longer see the white finish beneath the color.

Add painted stripes in different colors to the side of the block.
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Remove and discard the masking tape immediately before the paint dries, and allow the painted block to dry for at least three hours before handling. Finish by adding makeup brushes and a glass votive vase filled with water and flowers to the respective drilled holes.

Give the block 24 hours to dry before styling it with brushes and a vase.
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