A practical guide to living cheaply and sustainably

Check out these cosmetic boxes I upcycled!

Ever since I lost my job, my husband’s been really into dumpster diving.  One day he came home with a bunch of bananas and onions - and these two adorable shoe boxes.  They sat around for a little while, and I really didn’t know what to do with them.  Then one day, the usual dilemma came up - when was I going to throw out that ugly cosmetics case my mother gave me for Christmas two years ago?  I personally didn’t think it was ugly, but somehow pink sequins didn’t appeal to the hubby too well.

So, I promised him I would trash the cosmetics case once I found a suitable replacement.  Of course, my husband always is a few steps ahead, so he said, ‘what about those shoe boxes I got for you?’  I had completely forgotten about them (as is this fate of most things that end up in my craft room), so I gave it a try.  The eyeshadow boxes that were made to fit the original case fit perfectly in the shoe boxes!  I took this as a sign and went to work scavenging as much as I could from the old case.

There wasn’t much to be done with the sparkly fabric on the outside of the case, but I managed to get the mirror and the liner that covered it out in one piece.  So I used this super sticky glue I bought about a year ago to fix some shoes (it’s for plastic, metal, fabric, wood, etc) and attached the mirror to the lid of one box.  Then I trimmed the lid liner from the original case to fit the bow lid and voila!  I have a pair of cosmetic cases that don’t take up too much room in the bathroom and one even has a built-in mirror.  Not bad for a dumpster find!

Check out these cosmetic boxes I upcycled!

Ever since I lost my job, my husband’s been really into dumpster diving.  One day he came home with a bunch of bananas and onions - and these two adorable shoe boxes.  They sat around for a little while, and I really didn’t know what to do with them.  Then one day, the usual dilemma came up - when was I going to throw out that ugly cosmetics case my mother gave me for Christmas two years ago?  I personally didn’t think it was ugly, but somehow pink sequins didn’t appeal to the hubby too well.

So, I promised him I would trash the cosmetics case once I found a suitable replacement.  Of course, my husband always is a few steps ahead, so he said, ‘what about those shoe boxes I got for you?’  I had completely forgotten about them (as is this fate of most things that end up in my craft room), so I gave it a try.  The eyeshadow boxes that were made to fit the original case fit perfectly in the shoe boxes!  I took this as a sign and went to work scavenging as much as I could from the old case.

There wasn’t much to be done with the sparkly fabric on the outside of the case, but I managed to get the mirror and the liner that covered it out in one piece.  So I used this super sticky glue I bought about a year ago to fix some shoes (it’s for plastic, metal, fabric, wood, etc) and attached the mirror to the lid of one box.  Then I trimmed the lid liner from the original case to fit the bow lid and voila!  I have a pair of cosmetic cases that don’t take up too much room in the bathroom and one even has a built-in mirror.  Not bad for a dumpster find!