Vase Turned Makeup Brush Holder

I know you’ve seen this everywhere,

so I’m not posting it as a “new and great idea”.

You already know that.

What I am doing, is posting the “how not to” versions of this idea.

I will share with you lessons learned (the hard way of course), so that you may complete this project and live with it into blissful eternity.

First and most important how not to:

Don’t use coffee beans.

It looks great, smells great, holds the brushes well – BUT chances are you keep your brushes in the bathroom…

A room containing mass amounts of moisture.

Food, warmth, moisture – the perfect recipe for mold.

The next how not to:

Don’t use rocks.

They might be fairly smooth, but the roughness of the pebbles and the in-and-out of the brushes will destroy your handles.

Pebbles are also not very easy to move, so putting your brushes away will mean you have to jam them in in order to displace them.

Not worth the effort or the damage.

The last how not to;

Don’t use giant glass pebbles.

They won’t wreck your brushes, but they don’t move easily.  In order to put your brushes away, you need to be able to easily displace the pebbles – these ones don’t displace without a lot of effort.

The only version of this that I have found to work is to use the tiny silica-type floral vase filler.

They’re plastic so they won’t mold and they’re tiny so they displace easily.

Wishing now I’d cleaned off the soap splatter before taking the shot.

Reality is a bitch.

Save yourself the time – I’ve done the “Consumer Reports” testing for you.

Success is like pregnancy; everyone congratulates you, but no one knows how many times you got screwed to achieve it.

Have a great one!

2015-05-09T16:14:23-04:00October 18th, 2013|For me, HEALTH/FITNESS, ORGANIZE, REPURPOSE|13 Comments


  1. Aisha McClendon June 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    where is the best place to buy the filler?

    • Shelly June 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      It’s floral filler and I found it at a local dollar store. Worst case, you should be able to get it at any craft store, but it will be a bit more expensive.

  2. Priyanna Mehta July 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks, this is perfect! Love that you vetted out all the bad ideas for us too.

    • Shelly July 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      That’s me – learn everything the hard way. lol
      Thanks for checking out the blog, I hope you’ll come back often!

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  4. Toni Jeffries September 25, 2016 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Does the filler cling to the handles of the brushes?

    • Shelly @ October 3, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Mine don’t, but I could see how it might if you put your brushes away damp (like after cleaning), or perhaps if you have a lot of static in the house? I’ve had mine for years now and it’s never been an issue.

  5. Kimberly November 30, 2016 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Where can I find the find the filler?

    • Shelly @ December 15, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      I found it at the dollar store – it’s just called ‘vase filler’ if you’re stuck and want to check Amazon. I’m pretty sure Michael’s carry it as well.

  6. Brittany April 13, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Can you clean the filler? Like rinse it in a colander if it gets a little gross?

    • Shelly @ May 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      Yuppers – although the plastic beads might go through a collander – I think you’d be better to use a sieve and then let the filler dry on a towel before returning them to the vase.

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