Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Creative Idea: DIY Mini Magnetic Palette

I'm going to start and try to continue doing a series of Creative Idea posts. These may include DIY, recycling or otherwise. It will hopefully spark my creative juices as well as be budget minded.

There are times when I need to go straight from work to a function. Recently it was for Christmas Eve dinner at my mom's house. I wanted to be able to touch up my eye makeup a bit after I got to my mom's house but didn't want to carry the two palettes that my two pans of eyeshadows were in.


After a bit of thought, I decided that the two pans would fit into the small Altoids mint tin. I put a magnetic strip into the bottom of the tin and put the two pans into it. I was able to carry just that small tin, which was less bulky than carrying the two palettes. It worked very well but I had to admit that it looked a bit tacky.


Remember the packet of Victorian cutouts that I received as a gift from Jamilla? I used that for this creative DIY project.


I used the small Altoids tin, painted it a gold color and added one of the cutouts to decorate the cover, which hides the raised "Altoids" wording. The end result is a nicely decorated Altoids tin, in which one can't tell it was originally an Altoids tin, from the outside anyway.


As an afterthought, I didn't need to add a magnetic strip in the tin because the MAC pan is magnetized and the other pans that I have depotted has magnets applied to the bottoms of the pans already. They do adhere to the Altoids tin without the magnetic strip on the bottom.

I will be doing more of these and will also use the larger Altoids tin. I have also purchased a blank tin to see how that will work out and if it does work out well, I will be purchasing more blank tins to create magnetic palettes.

*Kat*

17 comments:

Sheila said...

You're so creative!! I would never thinking of something like that. I do my makeup on the bus on the way to work in the morning and I always bring along a big heavy makeup bag. I really need to think of ways to consolidate everything. Thank you for the idea! =)

ShinyPrettyThings said...

you are so handy!!! the tin is super cute :D love your DIY

Jamilla Camel said...

Really impressive! I just oredered more storage for all my stuff!

tiffyama said...

You're so crafty, I love it! What a smart idea to use mini Altoid tins instead of tossing those away. Looking forward to using the palette you gave me. :]

galpal.hi said...

@Sheila--Thank you! I like trying to figure out different ways to use things and especially like trying to figure out ways to recycle. It was especially useful since I only wanted to carry two small eyeshadow pans but the one pan wouldn't fit into the MAC pro palette.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@ShinyPrettyThings--Welcome back! From reading your tweets, it sounded like you had a great trip. Thank you! I really like doing crafty things.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Jamilla--Thank you so much again for the lovely gifts. As you can see, I'm putting things to good use. The Victorian cutout was the perfect thing to use for this project.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Tiffyama--Thank you! It's really fun to come up with ways to try to reuse something.

*Kat*

evie said...

oh this is so creative!!will have this idea in mind when i finish up any of my tin sweets ^^

breakingrumours said...

wow this is so creative! :D thanks for sharing, i need to start organizing the stuff i carry around,its taking a toll on my shoulders.

Jian said...

Woww! Cannot wait to see the rest of your DIY posts :) I think is awesome!

Vanity-Fashionista said...

That's such a great idea! :D Can wait to see what you do with the bigger tins! :) x

galpal.hi said...

@evie--Thank you! It feels gratifying to be able to come up with ways to reuse something.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@breakingrumours--Over the years, I have learned to cut down significantly on what I carry around. It's all trial and error and deciding best on what you don't need.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Jian--Thank you! Hopefully I'll be able to come up with more creative ideas throughout the year.

*Kat*

galpal.hi said...

@Vanity-Fashionista--Thank you! Still debating on what to do with the larger tins.

*Kat*

Jen said...

So handy!! :O i love this DIY idea ^^ look forward to many more creative ideas in the future! haha, if i get more into the use of eyeshadows i'll definitely start using this :D