If there's one thing I refuse to think about, it's how dirty my makeup brushes are. Makeup brush cleaning has always seemed like chore that never really has the results I want. (Don't even ask me how long it's been since I last tried to clean them).
Between all the foundation, concealer, and eye shadow caked on the bristles of my brushes, I just assume dunk them in acid before I try to clean every last drop of makeup off of them.
Until I saw the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat. I saw it and I knew that my makeup brush cleaning problems were solved. That is, until I saw the price tag. It was $25. Granted, I've seen simple things priced extremely higher than this but considering $25 is another tube of my favorite Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick... I wasn't convinced to buy it yet.
The more I thought about it, the more I was sure I could make something at home to clean my brushes. That's how I came up with the idea for this DIY makeup brush cleaning board. I've seen a lot of people work wonders with hot glue, so why not me?
Afterall, makeup brushes can be so cute just like this studded couture 10 piece brush set from BH Cosmestics, you just have to keep them clean so you can show them off!
After doing research on other makeup brush cleaning boards, I bought a $1 plastic cutting board from Dollar General and stocked up on some hot glue. After making sure the surface was clean, I started planning what patterns I would use and where I would put them.
Most makeup brush cleaning boards have a series of lined, dotted, swirled, and scalloped patterns. I chose to use two sized dots, one swirly circle, two sized straight lines, a scalloped line, and a hashed pattern on my board.
Once I knew where I was going to place them, I got to gluing! The most challenging part was the little stringy bits that always happen when you're hot gluing stuff. Once I was done, I cleaned up the strings and let the rest dry. After that, my makeup brushes were ready to be cleaned!
This DIY makeup brush cleaning board does wonders. You can even make one inside a plastic container so you don't have to use it over the sink!
Keep reading to find the step by step guide on making your own makeup brush cleaning board and my handy makeup brush cleaner recipe and makeup brush cleaning tutorial.
Make Your Own Makeup Brush Cleaning Board
BONUS!!!! Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe & Brush Cleaning Tutorial
If you've made your DIY makeup brush cleaning board and you have your dirty makeup brushes ready, but you forgot that you need something to clean your brushes with, I'm here for you. I'm giving you my favorite makeup brush cleaner recipe.
This is a very simple recipe that uses ingredients you probably have around the house right now: Water, Dawn Dish Detergent, and Olive Oil. Mix them all together and you've got yourself a cleaner that will get even the deep down, dried on makeup out of your brushes.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes:
You can use this to clean your makeup sponges too! Soak up all the cleaner in the sponge and move it over the large bump pattern until the water runs clear. CAUTION: running the sponge roughly over the smaller bumps could cause you to lose chunks of sponge. Trust me. I learned the hard way.
Makeup Brush Cleaning Board Patterns
You may be wondering why you need so many different patterns to clean your makeup brushes. In theory, you could use one pattern to clean all your brushes but that would not be as effective as using multiple patterns.
Your makeup brushes are all different sizes so it only makes sense that different sized patterns will clean each brush differently. I have listed the differences in patterns and brushes below but if you ever can't remember which is which, just remember that bigger patterns are for washing big brushes and little patterns are for washing little brushes.
And that's it! That's my comprehensive guide on making a makeup brush cleaning board and makeup brush cleaner. I hope you found this helpful! If you did, share it with your friends!
Just in time for Memorial Day! If you're in need of something to spice up the buffet table at your Memorial Day cookout, look no further than this DIY tiered tray. It's super cute and great for holding desserts, utensils and so much more.
I put this little beauty together for $5 and it took all of 10 minutes. I bought the various cake plates and trays from the dollar store and used hot glue to attach the painted candlesticks. The best part about this DIY tiered tray is how customizable it is.
I went for a silver galvanized look, but this tiered tray is just as easily recreated with glass or plastic and painted with any color. I have seen these trays on kitchen and bathroom counters, too. They're great for storage and display.
If you're in need of some cute display this Memorial Day, you can make this DIY tiered tray in 10 minutes and for $5. Check out the instructions below!
1. If you are painting your pans or candle sticks, do this first.
2. Measure the center of each pan. Mark the spot if necessary.
3. Use hot glue to attach the bottom of the first candlestick to the largest pan and the top of it to the bottom of the middle sized pan. Take the second candlestick and glue it to the top of the middle sized pan and the top of it to the bottom of the smallest pan. Let it dry and viola!
Things have been crazy for me these last few months. I have not had time to maintain my website like I should due to producing an awards show in Las Vegas, graduating, and turning 21, but now that things are winding down, prepare for a Beanies & Weenies like you've never seen before.
This past semester was rough. I was taking 17 credit hours worth of classes and working as an editor at ECU's student newspaper. On top of that, I was part of a specially chosen group of students who flew to Las Vegas at the end of April to attend the National Association of Broadcasters convention and produce the Best of Festival awards show for the Broadcast Educators Association. I have been a busy bee since February!
Now that graduation is over and my birthday has passed (I finally turned 21!), I plan on dedicating a lot more time into Beanies & Weenies and my freelance services. For starters, I plan on updating this website and posting many more blog posts with cool patterns and tutorials. I also plan crochet a giant inventory of goodies for Etsy, local markets, and maybe, just maybe, a few giveaways (shhhhh!).
Anyway, that was my quick update. Check back later this week for what could be a fun crochet pattern or interesting DIY. I haven't decided yet.
Until then, check out these pictures to see what I've been up to for the last 3 months!
Besides a Christmas Tree, one decoration that always screams "Christmas" to me is a Christmas wreath. There's just something about the red and green colors and the wiff of Christmas tree when you open the door that makes you feel right at home.
With only 6 days until Christmas, everyone is bustling around buying last minutes gifts (or all your gifts if you're like me), prepping for all the cooking and baking taking place in the next week, and tidying up for all the visitors that will be in and out of houses between now and Christmas.
If you ask me, there's always time for last minute Christmas decorations. That's why I created this Christmas Countdown series. Leading up to Christmas, I will be sharing several DIY Christmas decorations that hardly take any time and money. So if you're still looking for the pièce de résistance of your Christmas decorations, this is place for you.
First in my Christmas Countdown is this DIY Christmas Wreath. I used an old, fake wreath without anything in it and added all these notions that I bought on Black Friday. I bought small fake poinsettias, little red berry clusters, and golden ornaments all for under $10. Then I grabbed an old, sparkly bow that was lying around and pulled it all together!
Making this wreath was simple. First I placed the flower, then the berries, then the ornaments, and finally the bow. Each time, I took the wire in each notion and wrapped it around the wreath frame to keep them all in place. For a finishing touch, I added Scensicles in the scent white fur to make it smell like the branches came from a real Christmas tree!
The final product is really cute! It has all the Christmas colors I love and used to decorate the inside of my apartment. The best part is that fake wreaths can be used indoors or outdoors! This wreath took center stage of our Christmas picture this year :)
So, if you are in need of a colorful wreath to brighten up your home this Christmas, keep reading!
1. Spread out the branches of the wreath to make it look fuller
2. Place a piece of tape where you want the bow to go. Then cut the stems of each flower down to about two inches and place them around the wreath, two at a time. Space them out evenly and wiggle them tightly in between branches.
3. Place two little red berry clusters around each set of flowers. Place them to make it look natural and wrap the end of the wire around the wreath frame to keep it in place.
4. Wrap the wires of three ornaments, one of each texture, around each other to create one big stem. Place four of them between all sets of flowers and wrap the wires around the frame to keep them all in place.
5. Lastly, place a big red bow at the bottom of the wreath and scentsicles in various places around the wreath if you prefer.
And voila! You're done! I love how this wreath turned out and hopefully you will too!
And don't forget to check out the rest of my Christmas Countdown blog posts coming this week!
Fall is officially upon us! That means it’s time to break out the pumpkin spice and thick, cozy scarves. Most importantly, it means breaking out the fall decorations! This time of year is my favorite time to work on DIY fall home décor projects. All the reds, oranges, and yellows fill me with so much inspiration that I find it hard to create everything that I want to.
First up on my fall DIY list was a new fall wreath to decorate the door of my apartment. Naturally, I reached for reds, oranges, yellows, and some earthy tones and included plenty of fall leaves.
I got all of my fall leaves for my fall wreath from Dollar Tree. They had bags full of individual leaves and some bouquets with several leaves on a stem. I bought several of each and used my roll of burlap that I got at Wal-Mart for $3. After recycling my wreath form from my summer wreath, I was ready to get started with my new DIY project.
1. Wrap the wreath form in burlap.
2. Begin to lay out individual leaves evenly around the wreath. Spread the colors out and point them both inwards and outwards. Glue them down when you have them where you want them.
3. Cut off stems of leaves.
4. Place the stems around the wreath when you have any gaps. Glue them down.
5. Glue down some more individual leaves over the stems where you don’t want the stem to peak through.
6. Keep going until your DIY fall wreath is as full as you want it!
And there you have it! Here is an easy DIY fall wreath to top off your fall décor.
What are some of your favorite fall items to DIY?
Having just moved in my first apartment, I felt the need to create a DIY wreath to spruce up my plain front door for summer. DIY projects are a great way to pass the time during the summer. They keep you busy and creative. Making a summer wreath seems daunting, but it is actually quite simple to make your own wreath once you know what to use.
When it came to making a summer wreath, I was inspired by all of the greenery surrounding my apartment. I'm lucky to enough to live in an apartment with a pretty forest view from my patio and wanted to reflect that in my summer wreath. And don't forget all the beautiful blooming flowers that you can include in your DIY wreath.
After stocking up on some clearance flowers from Hobby Lobby, I sat down with a wreath ring and some burlap to put together a DIY wreath. I had a small wreath ring, so I didn't want to bombard it with too many flowers. I purposely chose a bushel of flowers that has more greenery than its small white buds because of how green the summertime is. The small white buds made my summer wreath pop. All of the materials are easy to find and use so you shouldn't having a problem when you make your own DIY wreath.
So grab all of your favorite summertime materials because here's how you can make your own DIY wreath for summer!
1. Begin by wrapping the burlap around the wreath ring to create your DIY wreath for summer. Do it slowly so as not to let the burlap bunch up in certain areas or leave other spots too sparse. Use a hot glue gun to join the ends of burlap into staying. If you do not want to use hot glue (if you are trying to save your wreath ring, flowers, or burlap) you can use floral wire.
2. Next, trim your summer flower bushel until it becomes individual stems. There are usually 5 or 6 stems in a bushel, so you will have plenty to work with. Pick 2 stems of summer flowers and gently bend them to fit the curve of the wreath ring.
3. From here, stick your 2 summer flower stems within the folds of the burlap, one on each side of the wreath. Make sure you put them at the same height on each side to make DIY summer wreath even. It might take some more adjusting of the stems to get the flowers and leaves to lay right. If you want to add some more greenery to your wreath, you can add fern leaves around the summer flowers. When you are finished, glue down the stems, the ends, and any flower or burlap that is sticking out.
My front door looks cute just in time for the first week of summer and now you can make your own!
This DIY Succulent Desk Decor really brightened up my desk just in time for Spring. With Spring just around the corner, the need to work on pretty DIY projects has been strong in me. I have so many crafts queued up on Pinterest.... there's no way I'll get to them all. Ever. But you know I'm going to try. Creating things make me feel accomplished and I really need that feeling as I am entering the last month of school.
You would think I would come back from Spring Break feeling refreshed or energized, ready to get back to work and finish up my junior year. Wrong. After Spring Break, I have only wanted to sleep all day every day and spend a little bit of time in the sunshine. Instead, I am stuck in cold, windowless rooms, working my brain until it turns to mush and feels like it's going to run out of my ears. I need DIY projects to keep me going.
That's why I have spent several of my much-needed study breaks working on small DIY projects. The DIY Succulent Desk Decor I am sharing now only took a total of 5 minutes to throw together, minus the shopping (or rummaging) for the supplies. Not only did it give me the relief of not working on school work for a few minutes, but it also brightened up my desk in just the right way. If you're desk needs a face lift, try creating this DIY Succulent Desk Decor:
And, voila! Now, you have a cute new DIY Succulent for your desk that doubles as decor and a paper weight just in time for Spring.
I'm kicking off my DIY Christmas Season with this cute tabletop Christmas tree. The best part about this DIY decor is that I made it with items from the dollar store and things I had lying around the house! This tabletop Christmas tree is super cute and super simple to put together. Once you're done, you'll have a brand new centerpiece for your Christmas table!
3-4 Wire Coat Hangers
2-3 Green Tinsel Garlands
Floral Wire and Wire Cutters
Hot Glue Gun
1. Take two wire coat hangers and create a triangle shape with the hooks facing in. Wrap wire around the places the coat hangers meet to keep them in place.
2. Grab a third wire coat hanger and stick it in the middle of the triangle you just created hook first. Here, you can either add a fourth hager to the other side for a fatter tree, or manipulate the three hangers to have even space between them for a thinner and taller tree like I did.
3. Take the end of the green tinsel garland and hot glue it to the top of the coat hangers.
4. Wrap the tinsel garland around the hangers in a swirling pattern hot gluing the garland to each point on the hanger it touches.
5. When you reach the end of your first tinsel garland, take the beginning of the next tinsel garland and glue the two ends together. Continue to wrap the garland around the hangers gluing it to each spot on the hanger.
6. Your finished product should look something like this! If your tinsel garland comes up short, you can either cut the hangers or you can bend the end under. If you cut the ends, I suggest you put a dab of hot glue on each cut end to keep it from scratching you or your furniture. If your garland ends up being too long, cut the garland where you want it to end and glue it to the best spot available.
7. OPTIONAL: Take a medium sized ribbon and create a bow for the top of your tinsel tree! (I am not great at making bows, but I think this one turned out pretty cute for its purpose)
Now that you're all done, set it somewhere where everyone can see it!
Just in time for Thanksgiving, I put together a beautiful Fall wreath using items for Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, and my yard. Altogether, this wreath did not cost but $5 to make.
I got the grapvine wreath from Wal-Mart for $2.59. And I picked up a bouquet of fake fall leaves from Dollar Tree for $1. I already had the brown ribbon, cardboard, and paint on hand to make the letter, and I picked up mini pinecones from my yard.
I started by take the bouquet of leaves and started snipping off each individual branch. Each branch had 5 or 6 leaves on it. I then placed the branches I between the vines of the wreath. I overlapped the vines and the stems to the leaves were held in place without having to glue the stem. I did, however, use super glue to make some leaves that wanted to curl up lay flat. I left a bare spot to put the letter.
I free handed the letter on a piece of cardboard and used it as a template to cut out a second one. I glued them together and painted it. I tied the ribbon in the bare spot and glued floral wire to the letter to attach it to the ribbon and wreath without gluing it.
I ended up leaving off the mini pinecones because I did not have enough to even out the wreath. I can always attach them when I fine more later.
From there, I sprayed some cinnamon spray all over the wreath and hung it up in the door so it would smell good every time someone opened the door! This wreath was so easy and cheap to do. And to make it better, it is completely customizable to everyone's preferences.
Stay tuned later this week for another Fall and Thanksgiving DIY!
As the nights get colder, I find myself wrapping up in more and more blankets. I wish I had a fireplace in my room that I could curl up next to and fall asleep to the crackling embers but, alas, my house was not built that way. So, I have found a way to make do with this DIY indoor bonfire. I started by collect medium to large sticks and rocks. It's as fun as it sounds, folks. After I had enough sticks and rocks, I brought them in and place the rocks in a circle. Then I dropped a strand of white twinkle Christmas lights (this is what gives it the flicker) and started piling on the sticks into the classic bonfire look. I purposely looked for sticks with a "V" end to them to help keep them upright. While stacking the sticks upright, I pulled the lights up into the sticks so the light would be more dispersed throughout the bonfire. And, voila! I made a bonfire.,, if only it had heat...
I'm Jennifer, a 21 year-old crochet, craft, and DIY enthusiast who loves sharing her projects with the world. I hope you find inspiration in my posts. Keep checking back for new projects every week and don't forget to sign up for Beanies & Weenies newsletters!
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