Wednesday, 19 June 2013

DIY: Rice Makeup Brush Holder

How great is this idea- colouring rice to make a makeup brush holder. I did this a while ago and I just love it. I discovered how to do this from a blog post- one of my favourite blogs misstango2. Take a look at her blog and her YouTube channel, such great beauty videos and blog posts, from product reviews to tutorials, helpful and inspiring.

This is how mine turned out. It’s so easy do to…

You need to find a nice holder- I used an old glass candle holder that I had lying around. You could use a vase or anything you have.

You’ll need the following:

1.      ½ cup of white rice

2.      ¼ cup of white vinegar

3.      A few drops of food colouring- any colour

4.      Mixing bowl or container

5.      Measuring jug or cups

6.      Sieve

7.      Plate

8.      Paper towel

You might need to make more than ½ a cup. Depending on the size of your holder, you could make 2 or 3 batches.

Step 1: Measure out ¼ cup of white vinegar. The vinegar is used so the rice holds the colour and doesn’t go mouldy over time.

Step 2: Add a splash of food colouring to the vinegar. Pour into mixing bowl.

Step 3: Measure ½ cup of rice and add it to the coloured vinegar.

Step 4: Mix rice with the vinegar. Make sure all the rice is covered with colour and leave for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Strain rice using a sieve.(Couldn't find my sieve so used a flour sifter instead ha)
Step 6: Place 2 sheets of paper towel onto a plate. Spread rice over paper towel.

Step 7: Leave rice to dry. I placed mine under a heat-pump and it was fully dry in a couple of hours. You could place it in a sunny area. If you don’t like the smell of the vinegar (it doesn’t worry me) you can wait a day and then rinse the coloured rice with water and once again leave to dry.

The finished product!

Do you like this idea? Let me know if you give it a go!


  1. I love this idea, its so pretty.

  2. I did the same thing, but I bought colorful sand and put it instead of rice... great and chic way to keep your brushes!!!

    Kisses from LittleMissTwiggy

  3. This is such a cute idea! I don't wear a lot of make-up but maybe I should start just so I could have this pretty holder :)

    x Natalie

  4. Oh my word this is sheer brilliant , I have to try this .

    Meghan Silva's Blog

  5. Woww... its awesome, and it can be used for lots of stuff! You have a great blog! I'd love if you checked out my blog, and if you like it, can we follow each other on “Google+” ? I promise I’ll follow you back <3


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  6. Very nice DIY! Love the idea. :)

  7. This is actual amaze! I will def try this!

    Discoveries Of Self

  8. *Gasp* I never thought of using food coloring to color the rice! That's so genius! :D

    Lynn | Makeup With Tea

  9. That is so cute! Thanks for sharing this DIY! xo

  10. Love the hot pink color - and the technique seems so simple & easy!

  11. Amazing idea!

  12. Oohh that looks so cool! Normally I see people using beads or something like that, never thought of rice. I think I would rather eat the rice though hehe :P

    Vanity Corner

  13. Great idea. I always have absolutely no idea what to do with my makeup brushes.

  14. I have always wondered how people make colored rice! Great post!!

    XOXO ♥ Kia


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