Friday, May 15, 2015

DIY Project: Magnetic Nail Art Organizer

DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails
If you're anything like me, you've probably got tons of tiny ziploc baggies, pots, and wheels of nail art supplies strewn about your workspace. Whether it's loose glitter, studs, charms, or embellishments, there has to be a better way!

Ever since I read about the magnetic nail art wall at Hey Nice Nails, I've wanted one for myself. Now, I don't know where to go about ordering one of these, so I set out to make one instead. This project was relatively inexpensive, and would be even cheaper if you've got some of the materials at home already. Read on to learn how to make one with your own two hands. I can be crafty sometimes, who said that I couldn't?!

First, gather your supplies. I used:
Frame from Goodwill
E6000 adhesive
Sheet metal (NOTE: I would recommend bringing your magnets along to test their attraction to the various sheet metals.)
Multipurpose metal snips, or a friend that can cut sheet metal
White spray paint
Small magnets
Nail art jars

DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails

I began by prepping my frame. It started out as a kind of icky beigey-white, and I wanted it to be good old regular white. I didn't get too fancy, and started by putting out a trash bag as my protective workspace. Then, I spray painted two coats of paint onto the thrifted frame, following manufacturer instructions on spray distance and time between coats. I let it dry while I moved on to the next steps.

DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails

Next, I got started on the sheet metal. My frame came with this handy piece of backing cardboard that I used to mark the correct dimensions on my sheet metal, but you could also do an old fashioned measurement.

Cut the metal to the proper dimensions using the tin snips. BE CAREFUL! The metal is sharp as hell. I'd recommend wearing gloves for this step, even though I didn't (whoops). If your frame is ready and dry, you can pop the metal into the frame at this point. I also put my cardboard back in there, too.

DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails
DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails
DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails

Now we prepare the jars! Take your nail art jars (empty or filled) and dab a dot of E6000 adhesive onto the lid. The bottoms of my jars are concave, but the lids are flat, so lids it was. Press one of the magnets into the dot of glue.

The hardest part is that now you have to let the adhesive on your newly birthed magnet jars dry for at least 24 hours. Trust me on this! It sucks, I know, but you wanna do this right, don't you?

DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails
DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails

Once you've given your magnet jars time to set, you can pop them onto your frame in whatever arrangement you'd like!

DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails
DIY Magnetic Nail Art Organizer Tutorial by @chalkboardnails

Ta daaaaaa! Ooooh...Aaahhh...! Now you've got a cute and fun way to store and organize your nail art supplies.

Looking for good places to stock up on nail art charms and studs? Check out some of my favorite shops:
Daily Charme
Hex Nail Designs
Ocean Nail Supply
The Sparkly Shop
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24 comments

  1. This looks amazing. I don't have enough nail studs and rhinestones to actually need something like that but I could use that idea for other stuff maybe...

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  2. Ahh this looks so cool! Totally bookmarking this post :D

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  3. Looks amazing! I need to do this for my makeup too. Too much craziness going on for my OCD heart!

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  4. Oh my god. This is amaaaazing! I am so doing this if I can get some sheet metal. Thanks for the steps Sarah <3

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  5. This is such a cool ideal and like a really snazzy art piece as well.

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  6. Amazing! And so organized while being creative and crafty! Love it :) Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love this. Thanks for sharing ☺

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  8. when I have my own nail art room, i will definitely recreate this!

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  9. what a great idea! This looks so nice as a wall art and also a super great storage!

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  10. such eye candy! it looks amazing, thanks for the tutorial ;)

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  11. That is gorgeous! I love how it turns your nail art supplies into wall art! :)

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  12. Very creative!

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  13. Amanda | GlittericityMay 16, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Great idea! I might buy and decorate of of those magnetic whiteboards to use for this :D

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  14. LOVE THIS!!! What more can I say??!!!

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  15. My cooking spices are in magnetic jars.

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  16. Lacquered ObsessionMay 18, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    This is such a great idea! I love it!

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  17. Love this! After thinking about it- it worked out that the magnet needed to be on the top because if it were on the bottom your jars; they would no longer sit flush on a work surface and all the goodies may get

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  18. Makes great sense. My son-in-law does something like this for his spices.

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  19. OMG! I Love this!!!
    http://sweetbeautynails.blogspot.com/

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  20. That. Is. FREAKING AMAZING! I have some wallspace near my nailstation so I might be giving this a go during my summer vacation :D

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  21. Love this!!! Decided to do this over the weekend for my 'Girl Cave' I put the magnets on the bottom of the nail art jars & saved a little square of the sheet metal for my nail desk to stick the jars I'm using
    to. Worked out perfect!!!

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