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Repurpose Birchboxes to Store Anything

If you’re like me, you just can’t toss out those cute brown paper boxes each month from Birchbox. I recently reorganized all my make up in our bathroom and was able to free up a ton of space with this Magnetic Make Up Frame DIY and some leftover Birchboxes. Here’s how you can make your own stacking boxes for whatever knick-knacks you have that need organizing…

Repurpose Birchboxes to Store Make Up | sweetandsavorylife.com

Repurpose Birchboxes to Store Make Up | sweetandsavorylife.com

I traced the top and side of the box lids, following the shape of their creases. I left a little extra on the end to tuck inside the lid (to give it a finished look). If you want, you can wrap the whole top of the lid, but I was not feeling that zealous.

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recently bought this set of acrylic blocks and silicone stamps. At first I was super-nervous about how well these would work. How could the letters stick to the blocks over and over? Altogether the blocks and letters were ~$20… so I really didn’t want them to be a waste of moolah, you know.

Repurpose Birchboxes to Store Make Up | sweetandsavorylife.com

Good news! They’re awesome and I will definitely be adding to my stamp collection with more blocks and silicone letters.

Repurpose Birchboxes to Store Make Up | sweetandsavorylife.com

Once your lid covers are cut and stamped, hot glue them on top of your box. Keep them in line with the corners as you press down.

Repurpose Birchboxes to Store Make Up | sweetandsavorylife.com

Ta-da! Easy peasy.


Magnetic Make Up Frame

I received some great advice a few weeks ago from my friend Renee Do, who I affectionately call Do. As in “Do, a dear, a female dear…” She is pretty special to me for a number of reasons:

1. We traveled through England, Ireland and Wales together when we were teenagers.
2. She is one of the most honest, forthright, yet modest people I know.
3. She likes long emails just as much as I do.

When I started up Swoonful at the beginning of the year, I asked for feedback from friends, fellow bloggers, etc. and each month, Do diligently sends me an email response summing up her thoughts on the most recent edition. As someone who is constantly pushing themselves to do better, I can’t tell you how appreciated her feedback is to me. I guess because her and I are cut from the same cloth – perfectionists to a fault – I am never offended by her criticism, because it is truly constructive. That can be very hard to come by.

One of Do’s comments that stuck with me earlier this month was to actually do a project/recipe from a blogger I featured. Duh, I thought. Why hadn’t that occurred to me? I guess because I was in a rush to get out the Valentine’s Day issue and didn’t have time to get anything made. Well, my goal for the rest of the month was to do more projects. And boy, did I. To get started, I decided I needed to organize my make up situation in the bathroom, because well, it’s a damn mess. The result?

This awesome magnetic make up frame.


I did some research on make up organization DIYs and found this incredible project from Laura Thoughts. I think it’s the original DIY that started a straight-up Pinterest chain reaction (you know how serious those are).

You can check out Laura’s post for the full how-to, but the steps are pretty simple:

1. Go through your make up and single out the products that you use most often – these items will go in your frame.
2. Purchase a frame, sheet metal, magnets and Command strips. You may need heavy duty clippers to cut the metal, strong glue like E600 or fabric to cover the metal. (I liked the exposed look.)
3. Glue the magnets to the back of your make up items. Let the lay out overnight to dry.
4. Cut your sheet metal to size. Take out the glass and other junk from the frame and replace with metal.
5. When the magnets are securely attached to your make up, test their resistance to ol’ gravity on the frame.
6. Hang your frame and stick your make up magnets on there! Add a pretty note or embellishments. Marvel at your handiwork.

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Before. Ugh. How horrible does this look?

Magnetic Makeup Frame | sweetandsavorylife.com

Behind-the-scenes organization. I let a lot of pieces go, but I feel great about it and don’t miss them at all. (Probably because I haven’t used those eyeshadows in years…)

Magnetic Makeup Frame | sweetandsavorylife.com

After. Everything that I didn’t want on the frame, went into one of these boxes. I repurposed old Birchboxes and this was such a simple DIY (that I’ll share later). Every time I see my little boxes full of treasures it makes my head feel clearer. Seriously.

Tools: make up applicators, blotting sheets, brush cleaner, etc.

Sparkle: “going out” make up, red lipstick, glosses, falsies, glittery things.

Etc: abundance of samples from Birchbox I cannot bring myself to throw away.

Magnetic Makeup Frame | sweetandsavorylife.com

Magnetic Makeup Frame | sweetandsavorylife.com

Magnetic Makeup Frame | sweetandsavorylife.com

In the little drawer I separated tools like tweezers, etc., from hair ties/bands (which I still have way too many of, but oh well).

Magnetic Makeup Frame | sweetandsavorylife.com

I would totally let Martha Stewart use our bathroom. Clean as a whistle.

What is your make up situation like? Would a project like this make getting ready in the morning easier for you?


Apartment Tour: My office/studio!

One of my favorite things about our new apartment is that I finally have a room dedicated to work and crafting! It’s my happy place, though I’m still quite fond of sitting on the couch and pecking away at the computer. Enjoy our little tour, which continues today with my office/craft studio. Where do you like to create? Leave a comment below :)


Please come in, take a seat, grab a marker and start sketching something, why don’t cha?

This is where I work and play, make messes and magic and listen to Pandora endlessly.


We “made” my epic desk of sorts by pushing two desks together. Also, the print is from World Market and I adore that thing. Somehow it always matches a room nicely. And you know you’re really succeeding in the world when your degree is on the ground and not hanging on a wall, for all to marvel at your intelligence.

 I purchased these silhouette prints of BBC’s Watson and Sherlock from Fab.com.

P.S. If you’re looking for a new show to get addicted to, we highly recommend Sherlock. Both seasons are on Netflix!

 I talked about these chalkboard decals in my last apartment tour post. Each week I write down 6-8 thinks to work on that week and I find it highly effective in helping me stay on track!

And yes, I know I put finish resume twice. Duplicating bullet points on to-do lists is a talent of mine.

 In the opposite corner we have Shelton’s L desk. Most days I sit here, on my laptop with music playing on his computer, facing out the window. What is it about natural light that just soothes the soul? I don’t know, but it’s necessary for me to feel refreshed while constantly typing emails to clients. Or browsing Pinterest.

I must really have my priorities in line, huh? ;)

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