I recently made myself a DIY glitter brush holder. Admittedly, I don’t wear makeup that often. However, I was running into a frustrating problem whenever the makeup urge did manage to strike… I couldn’t find my brushes! I currently keep all of my makeup in the same case and had to dig through tons of items just to find the right brush.
And while we’re at it, having my brushes hidden in this way was not conducive to cleaning them regularly. So, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and solve all my frustrations by displaying my makeup brushes in a pretty, girly and organized way.
Here’s how to do it.
- Fine Glitter
- Mod Podge with a Gloss Finish
- Aluminum Foil/Wax Paper
- Glass Jar
Wash and dry glass container. Place a sheet of foil or wax paper on your work surface to catch any falling glitter. Then brush on a relatively thin and even coat of mod podge on the inside of the glass. The mod podge will dry clear, and all you’ll see is glitter. But if your application is uneven it can lead to streaks.
Pour a generous amount of glitter into the glass jar. Rotate and shake the jar so all areas covered with mod podge are evenly coated with glitter. Apply more glitter as necessary. Don’t be stingy with the glitter. Seriously. You can always pour any excess glitter back into the container.
Let this layer dry for at least an hour, or until the glittered layer is no longer sticky to the touch. This is important. You’ll be brushing on a second layer of mod podge and if it isn’t reasonably dry, you’ll smear off your first layer and it’ll clump.
Once dry, brush on a generous layer of mod podge (slightly thicker than the first layer). Liberally apply more glitter and shake and rotate the glass container to evenly cover the jar. Repeat as necessary.
Now it’s time to make a decision: will you cover the bottom of the jar?
If you do, just treat the bottom of the jar like you would the “walls” of your jar. If you choose not to glitter the bottom, just be sure to apply mod podge and glitter to any visible curves at the bottom so it looks like it’s 100% glittered.
Let this dry until most of the white streaks are gone from both the inner and outer layer and the inner layer is dry to the touch. It took about 4 hours of drying time for my project. Yours may take more or less time depending on the thickness of your layers.
Brush on an additional layer of mod podge over the glitter. Use a thicker layer this time around, since this is the final layer that will seal in the glitter and prevent flaking. Let dry overnight. Then, fill with rice (or your filler of choice) and place your brushes inside.
Finally, do a celebratory half-smirk to acknowledge the fact that you completed a DIY project that doesn’t look too shabby.
About the finish:
The inner layer is not smooth to the touch (it is glitter). But, I can rub my fingers over the inside without glitter falling off. I’m happy about this since I did not want glitter floating around my house for months, which tends to happen with craft projects that involve this much glitter.
You may want to buy more glitter than you think you’ll need. I initially intended for this to be purple. But I ran out of purple glitter after the first coat and had to do a light pink finish on the inside.
I also went ahead and glittered a jar that I saved from canned mandarins to use as a pen holder for my desk. Since my living room/office nook color theme is turquoise, this fits in beautifully. And the best part is that it was free!
You can do this to any glass jar that you have around the house to use as functional and free décor.
I’m kind of on a glitter craze right now since I have so many colors. I also glittered an old candle jar that now holds my truvia packets! I certainly won’t turn down an opportunity to make my mornings a little brighter.
So what would you glitter?