This trash-to-treasure tutorial shows how to use some old makeup compacts and turn them into miniature cookie sheets and trays for your dollhouse kitchen.
As I have been diving back into my miniatures, I have learned to retrain my brain to look at everything in my junk drawer with a new perspective. Can I use this bauble in the dollhouse? Can this piece of scrap be made into anything?
I have shared with you how I turned some scraps of junk to make a cute miniature kitchen scale. Today’s tutorial is even simpler than that.
If you are like me, then you probably have a pile of old makeup in your bathroom drawer. I had some old eye shadow and rouge samples given to me as free gifts from those department store makeup counters. Yeah, they are THAT old.
Powdered eye makeup is actually pretty precious to miniaturists. You can use them to color you polymer clay creations if you do not have artist pastels. And in this tutorial, I use the actual compact case to make miniature baking sheets and trays.
If unopened, most makeup powders will last 2-3 years. And like most people, you probably have even older makeup hidden in your bathroom. Here’s a great way to incorporate them into your miniature world.
Supplies you need
- Makeup compacts: Most compacts have the powders in a metal pan that is inserted into the plastic container. Some do not have the metal trays. So be sure to use the ones with them inside. They come in a variety shapes and sizes. I use the large square and rectangle pans for baking sheets.
- Xacto blade: You can use a blade, toothpick or anything sharp to remove the makeup from the pans.
- Hammer and/or cutters: Some of these metal pans are difficult to remove from the compact so you will need to pry them out. I ended up smashing the plastic compact around the metal to get them out.
1. Remove the makeup from the metal trays by using an xacto blade to cut it up into pieces. You can save the powder to use to color your polymer clay, or discard it.
2. Remove the metal pans from the compact. This can be a bit tedious, so you might have to smash it up with a small hammer or cut it using sharp heavy duty cutters. Before you smash anything, be sure to safely remove the mirror (if there is one). This mirror can also be used in your dollhouse.
3. Clean the metal pans and they are ready to use.
4. Some metal pans are discolored and may need a facelift. Rub sandpaper over the entire pan so spray paint can adhere to it.
5. Spray with shiny metallic paint. I used this chrome spray paint and it worked beautifully. Once completely dried, it is ready for your dollhouse kitchen.
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Tips and FAQs
If you do not have any old makeup, you can also buy these metal pans online. You can purchase these metal makeup pans in a variety of shapes. The circle pans can be miniature cake pans or you could paint them as plates. Adhere a small pedestal and it because a pillar candle holder.
You can also paint the metal pans in any color and use them as frames, small table tops or anything else you can think of. They come in a number of different shapes and sizes so use your imagination.
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- Makeup compacts
- Xacto blade
- Spray paint (optional)
- Remove the makeup from the metal trays by using an xacto blade to cut it up into pieces.
- Remove the metal pans from the compact. This can be a bit tedious, so you might have to smash it up with a small hammer or cut it out using sharp heavy duty cutters.
- Clean the metal pans and they are ready to use.
- Some metal pans are discolored and may need a facelift. Rub sandpaper over the entire pan so spray paint can adhere to it.
- Spray with shiny metallic paint. Once completely dried, it is ready for your dollhouse kitchen.
Makeup comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The larger sizes typically hold blush or powdered foundation. The smaller sizes usually hold eye shadow or lip balms.
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