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I came across this project on and I had to try it out for myself. I thought it was a great way to organize all my makeup brushes because they normally find their way to the bottom of my handbag where they eventually stick to a piece of gum.

This project is very easy and took me about 20-30 minutes to finish. I got all my supplies at Michaels, except for the sushi mat which I ordered on Amazon. All in all, I spent around $6 on this project.

Enjoy making this super handy makeup holder!
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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1 sushi mat
1 elastic fabric band (I used less than a yard)
1 glue gun
1 pair of scissors
1 button
1 foot of string or yarn

Step 2: Placing Your Brushes and Weaving the Elastic Band

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Start threading the elastic band between the bamboo slits. I started from four slits in. I placed my brushes down on the mat, and according to their size, allowed for either one or two slits for the brush to be. I weaved the elastic band underneath for three slits, then came back through the slits and repeated the process. Based on the size of makeup brushes you have, you'll want to adjust the amount of elastic band used..

Step 3: Using Your Hot Glue Gun

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Once you've weaved all your brushes in, cut the ends of the elastic band so that there is about an inch remaining on the ends.

Taking your hot glue gun, put glue on the elastic and fold over to attach it to the bamboo. Repeat on the other side.

Step 4: Attaching Your Button

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Now, thread your yarn or string through the end bamboo slit and string your button or bead. I knotted mine about five times. Trim excess yarn or string.
Megick9 months ago

Love this! Does it roll up for storage?

nkurth10 months ago
great :-) the first thing i will try next weekend ;-)
marcellahella11 months ago
Cool idea! I don't really make up but is also perfect for brooches or like pencils holder!
EmpressPoesy11 months ago
What a great idea! I just got a ton of new brushes so this would be a great project to get them all organized. Thanks for sharing.
lurker10111 months ago
This looks like an easy fun project I can do with my 7 year old who actually asked me this morning on the way to 1st grade for make up, maybe we'll do colored pencils instead!
SweetDainish11 months ago
Such an awesome idea, and just in time for the holidays! I know what "crafty gift" I'll be making for my sisters! Thanks for sharing! <3
headbonger11 months ago
This is so cool and cute and as previously mentioned a very approachable project for a child. Thanks for sharing. I am definitely going to make one of these.
tawnydog11 months ago
This is cool! Good thinking!
jamie.baldwin (author)  tawnydog11 months ago
Thanks tawnydog!
eilu11 months ago
Clever. It should work for pens too.
jamie.baldwin (author)  eilu11 months ago
makeitinbk11 months ago
Cool! Where can I buy this? Seems like a great stocking stuffer. Well done!
jamie.baldwin (author)  makeitinbk11 months ago
It would be a great stocking stuffer, better than the toothbrushes I always get in my stocking!
sdcauley11 months ago
My wife is going to love this! Great project!
autojeremy11 months ago
I showed this to my daughter to make for her mom for Christmas.
jamie.baldwin (author)  autojeremy11 months ago
I hope your wife likes it. It is a great travel companion and I'm sure your daughter will enjoy making it. :-)
audreyobscura11 months ago
This is genius! I love the way sushi mats look and this is a super clever approach to organizing your make up brushes. I think I am going to store my knitting needles and crochet hooks this way.

Great job! And thank you for sharing your project :D
jamie.baldwin (author)  audreyobscura11 months ago
Thanks so much and I hope it works well for your knitting needles and crochet hooks. I didn't realize how many uses this could have!
Angie.Jieli11 months ago