DIY Drawer Dividers For Makeup Storage

There’s nothing that gets us more heart-eyed than neatly organised makeup, so when we recently found a handy way to divide up our eyeshadows from our illuminators, it all got a little exciting really.

This DIY can be done with any small boxes (or their lids) that you may have lying around the house, all you need to do is have a rummage in your recycling bin or collect up the lids to beauty boxes like we have done. Look for small, not too deep boxes around 20cm wide and 3cm deep.
The best thing to do is measure the inside of your dressing table drawer and note down the measurements, this means that if you find the perfect insert, you can work out if they will fit in, and how many you will need to get the perfect arrangement.
Try turning the boxes around and mixing and matching different sizes to suit your drawer.

Seen here is the IKEA Malm Dresser – we used ten Glossybox beauty box lids length-ways to perfectly fill the drawer.


You Will Need:

  • Boxes/lids of the correct size
  • White spray paint
  • Ruler for measuring
  • Sheet to protect flooring

Step One
Gather up the boxes/lids you need for your drawer inserts – if you find you don’t have enough, think about asking your friends to see if anyone has any going spare. Before we did this DIY, we didn’t have a use for all the beauty boxes we had slowly saved up, so it’s likely a lot of your girl pals will also have discarded boxes waiting to be used.

Step Two
Lay down a sheet to protect your floor, throw open the windows to allow for lots of ventilation and ideally pop on a mask too. Remember to carefully read the instruction on your tin of spray paint before getting started.

Step Three
Give your lids a good clean out with a slightly damp cloth and dry them off with a towel.

Step Four
Take each lid and spray paint thin layers on the upper side of each. Allow this side to dry completely and then paint on another coat. Repeat this until you’re happy with the coverage.

Step Five
Turn over the lids and paint the bottom side, too. Do as you have in step four to make sure the whole lid (or at least the sides that are seen) are evenly coated in paint. It should take three coats to make sure both sides of the lids are completely covered.

Step Six
Allow the lids to dry overnight, before placing them in to your dresser. You should have measured the boxes to ensure they fit correctly already, so just slot them in to place.

Step Seven
Organise your makeup! Don’t forget to add in some essentials like cotton buds and pads and also hair pins to keep hair out of your face while you apply your makeup. We recommend keeping one box free for little accessories, like pencil sharpeners and tweezers – so ideal.


You’re done! Now you can stand back and appreciate the sight of completely organised makeup. The dream.

Don’t forget that you can use boxes of various sizes, they don’t have to be all one size. It make take a while to save up all the materials needed, but it will be so worth it in the end.

Will you be upcycling old boxes for this DIY? 

Nouvelle Daily

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  • Noirette Diary

    I definitely need to do this cause my makeup has been wiggling around and I just hate finding a product that I didn’t remember I had cause first thing that comes to my mind is “I could have used this the other day” haha. Thanks for the idea <3

  • Avalon

    Great idea for pens/pencils/erasers as well!!!

  • Shrutilaya

    This is so adorable. I can’t stop staring at all the prettiness.

  • Chocolate n Curves

    that is brilliant, won’t chuck my beauty boxes from now on, will use the red spray paint I have

  • Kate Thompson

    I’ve already arranged my drawers in the same way – but why oh why didn’t I think to spray paint them?? Definitely going to do that! Great post! xx

    Kate | raspberrycheeks

  • Zazie Bibi
  • Indi Stilling

    Such a good idea for using old boxes :)

  • mabsoph

    This is such a great idea 😀

  • Madeleine S-B

    Oooh I’ll definitely be giving this a go! I’ve been looking for some cheap dividers but for some reason it had never occurred to me to try to make my own x

  • Laura C

    I own so many random boxes that I have collected over the years, but they’re all printed with patterns, or colours that don’t match my room. I had never thought of spray painting them before – what a fantastic idea!

    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

  • Aerin

    Need to give this a go! x

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  • Hannah Elle Bee

    Such a clever idea! Just finished organising my makeup in muji storage (post on my blog) but I’m definitely going to try this out when my makeup collection expands 😉
    Hannah Elle Bee x

  • Sarah McDaid

    I am obsessive about makeup being organised and nothing drives me as crazy as it rolling around and not knowing where everything is so this has saved my sanity, thank you!

  • Katie Goodwin

    Definitely need to try this!

  • Maddy

    Such a great way to organise things, it looks amazing! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD | The Little Deer Sunglasses and £20 Voucher Giveaway

  • Emily Allen

    I’m about to spring clean my makeup and I’m definitely doing this, *pinned hehe x


  • Kyllie

    Me encanta la idea, tengo cajas acumuladas y no sabía que hacer con ellas 😀

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  • DreamInLace

    So envious of your large drawer space! I definitely need to get a different setup because my vanity drawers are shy of a foot wide. One great tip though, BIRCHBOX boxes and lids are amazing for drawer dividers. In fact, the boxes themselves are probably the best thing I’ve ever gotten out of my birchbox subscription 😉


  • Ana Céline

    That’s such a lovely idea :) Thanks for sharing <3
    Ana xo

  • Ana Leote

    My mom is going to love this idea! She always complains over my messy makeup drawers…


  • Ellenor

    This is amazing! I am so trying this for my beauty organisation! :)

  • lisa robb

    Great post. Very helpful.

    L x

  • Étáin Sorcha Nash

    Glossyboxes and Apple phone or tablet boxes are great for this!

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  • Morgan Victoria

    I love this, it looks so gorgeous! Will definitely have to try this out.

    Morgan //

  • Erin

    Great tutorial. Looks so fresh and clean.


  • charl

    great idea, wondered what i could do with all my glossyboxes! thanks,
    charl x

  • Isabelle McWilliam
  • MyOwnLoves

    Good idea and environmentally friendly too!

  • Josie

    Love this idea – I need to get bigger drawers!!!

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  • Hope

    Such a great idea, I am definitely going to recreate this idea!! H xx

  • Trudythecat

    OMG looks fabulous :)

  • Amy

    This is a great idea, time to use up all of those old shoe boxes :)

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  • Giean Kyle

    ha! what a great idea for those beauty subscription boxes i have lying around. :-) thank you for this DIY tip.

  • Emily

    These look amazing I need to try these!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Lauren Burkitt

    LOVE this!!

  • Gabriel Nemro

    Good idea)

  • Lux Veritatis

    Love this !
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  • Catherine Delves

    This is so helpful! I’m moving into a new flat soon and have been wondering how to make some draw dividers for a while now.

    Catherine xx

  • Ash

    This is such an amazing idea (: The boxes make great dividers (: xx

  • Ariana Tavares

    This is such an amazing tip! I really want to do something like this to my dressing table!