DIY Up-cycled Make Up Brushes




Make up tutorials are becoming more and more popular on social media and while everyone spends time making their faces pretty, why not spend some time making your brushes pretty too.

Step 1: Clean Your Brushes

Wipe down your brushes so they are clean from dirt.

Step 2: Choose Your Paper

If you haven’t heard of Deco Mache paper before these thin 22gsm sheets are great for covering non-porous surfaces like wood, glass and plastic. It comes in a range of beautiful designs so there really is a pattern for every taste. Rip your papers into small pieces.

Step 3: Paint Your Handles

If your surface is quite dark it’s best to paint a coat of white paint first, this will really help the design stand out. I used a coat of DecoArt enchanted on the brush handles and left it to dry.

Step 4: Cover Your Handle

Paint a layer of the Deco Mache glue onto the make up brush handle, glue down your first piece of paper then continue to layer the paper, slighty overlapping each piece, to cover the handle fully.

Step 5: Leave to Dry

Finish with a final coat of glue as this will also act as a varnish to protect the paper, then leave to dry. I let mine dry hanging over the edge of my craft desk so the handle doesn’t stick to any surface, secure to the table with a bit of washi tape.

I would love to see your decoupage projects, tag @i_heart_maggie on Instagram or @IHeart_Maggie on twitter. Visit for more inspiration.



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    4 Discussions


    2 years ago

    They look beautiful, I love the paper you chose :)

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    2 years ago

    Very nice ! Easy + Pretty...why not ? They look like they have been hand painted when you are done. Would make a very nice gift. Thumbs up to you !

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you for your lovely comment