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How to Organize Eye Shadows

Posted on : 08-11-2012 | By : Sumina | In : Craft/Hobbies/Organization


While my blog is primarily a real estate blog, I also have a crafty side…. and an organized side. Especially, when it comes to making the most of space, and coming up with space saving solutions to common problems. Or at least, problems that are common to me!

The problem: Too many eye shadows! I started thinking that I couldn’t be the ONLY girl with this problem. And even if it’s not eye shadows, this same technique can apply to a variety of items.

So back to the eye shadows; I have to sift through my whole drawer to find a color I KNOW I have. It’s makes ‘getting ready’ time messier and more time consuming that it has to be. Especially if I have a few girlfriends over, and we are all getting ready to go out… my bathroom space is very limited, so the quicker people can find what they need and get out of the way, the better! More time for me to get ready! Smile

Here is also a short video I did for more clarification and some ‘learned lessons’ about this project: Organizing Eye Shadows

My ‘before’ picture.


Here is my idea: Create a ‘hiding place’ for the items, preferably on a wall surface to save drawer space and make it easy to visually look at all the colors at once, and make finding the right colors quickly. So, I started brainstorming, and tried a variety of items from magnets, to sticky dots to finally Velcro! The overall idea is to get some artwork you like and matches you décor, and hide eye shadows behind it! Let’s get down to the step-by-step instructions.


  • 12×12 piece of hang-able artwork
  • small hinge and screws
  • velcro squares
  • level
  • and your eye shadows of course!

Step 1: Find your art!

Find a photo/painting in a 12×12 size. I found this one on sale, and it worked with my bathroom décor, so $12 later, it was mine. Make sure that the depth of the artwork is at least 2 inches thick.


Step 2: Mounting the Hinges

You don’t want to mount this artwork up on the wall the ‘regular way’. You want to mount it on a hinge, opening to either the right or left side. I found the hinge at Home Depot for around $2.50

If you have a piece of artwork like I do which is canvas mounted on wood, you can drill your hinges directly into the back of the canvas/wood frame. Do that FIRST… THEN mark and drill the holes for the wall part of where the hinge will attach.


So now you should be able to open and close the ‘door’ you have just created.


Step 3: Background….

Just to make it pretty, I found a complimentary colored piece of scrapbook paper and created that as the background for the eye shadows. I just put that up with thumbtacks, but in retrospect, I’d probably just recommend attaching your Velcro directly to the wall as I can already tell that the paper is going to start tearing eventually. (See my YouTube link for a video explanation) So, now you should have a ‘door’ that you can open and close with a pretty background!


Step 4: Start Velcro-ing!

Get your eye shadows and Velcro squares and start putting a piece of Velcro on the back of your eye shadow pots.


Step 5: Start sticking the eye shadows up

Put the other side of the Velcro on your background, and start putting your eye shadows up! I would recommend doing these a few at a time so you don’t over crowd your background, and can still close your ‘door’ seamlessly.



And Voilà! Before and After

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Here is a link to a YouTube video I did a few days later with some more info. Organizing Eye Shadows

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