I was cleaning out my makeup drawer the other day and discovered that I had a ton of almost empty containers of expired makeup. Rather than just tossing them out, I wanted to reuse them for another project – kids play makeup.
This upcycle is a fun project because it gives kids a version of play makeup that is just like mom’s, plus saves the containers from the dump. What kid wouldn’t love to have “Dior” or “Chanel” makeup?!
Creating this kids play makeup is an easy project, and depending on the age of kids, they can help as well.
DIY Kids Play Makeup
The first step of this diy play makeup is to remove all the old makeup from the containers. The pressed powders came out quite easily by stabbing it with a knife and popping out the chunks into the garbage. I then rinsed the empty containers to get rid of as much makeup dust as possible.
The containers don’t need to be completely filled, just enough to cover the bottom and make it look real. Once you pour the nail polish into the container, tilt the container around to get it to spread out, using the brush from the bottle also helps get it up the sides and into the corners.
The larger makeup containers such as foundation or blush can still take quite a bit of nail polish
While making the play makeup only takes a few minutes, there is some patience required because the nail polish needs to dry and harden before it can be used. The smaller containers of eye shadows were ready after sitting out overnight, but the larger ones required 24 hours to be ready.
I had another batch of empty containers ready, so I made a few more play makeup sets last night.
If you don’t use the brushes provided with the makeup, they can be re-used for play; or some fun unicorn makeup brushes would be a fun addition to this play set.