How to DIY a Z Palette Dupe

About a month ago I set my mind to de-potting an ugly-ass eyeshadow palette (You can read about that here.) and crafting a Z Palette dupe, and one Saturday I did it.

Yes, you read that right: Saturday. As in, it only took me an afternoon—and I only spent $2 total for this project (Praise be the Dollar Tree!). And I’m going to show you how.

You’ll need:

shallow box
magnetic sheet
contact paper

So this box originally housed plastic teeth for dentures (my mom is in the dental field), and I thought it was just about the right size and depth for a makeshift palette. I figured I could hinge it and cover it with some pretty contact paper to seal the deal.

First I did some calculations (read: measuring the eyeshadow pots) to make sure they’d all fit nice and snug in my box of choice. And it turned out they would, with a little extra room.

Then I split open one of the sides of the lid of the box and taped it against the bottom to make a hinge, or sorts.

Next I laid it out on the contact paper and set to work covering it. Make sure to take your time—I forgot that bubbles are a thing that happens with contact paper and ended up with one right on the lid.

Ta-da! All covered. The label underneath shows through a little, but it doesn’t bother me that much.

I set one of my eyeshadow pots inside and decided that it’d be nice if they were a bit more raised, so I cut out to rectangles of corrugated cardboard, glued them together, and then glued the whole thing to the inside of the bottom portion of the box. I also decided a white piece of cardstock would be nice inside the lid—to cover my sloppy contact paper job.

Once those were glued, it was time for the magnet. Dollar Tree didn’t have any plain magnet sheets, but I DID find this sheet of punch-out patriotic magnets. I figured I’d just be careful to not punch out any of the magnets and cut out a rectangle the size of the box instead.

The magnet isn’t the strongest, but it does the job! I glued it in magnetic-side up and set to work arranging my pots of shadow. There was even room for a brush—it was fate. ❤️

Super simple, right? I’m very pleased with the results—look at all the space I’ve saved. Hooray for minimizing!

In theory you could add a little window to the lid of the box so you can see which cosmetics are inside, but it made me think too much of a box of doughnuts. I don’t want to be hungry all the time, guys. So I didn’t do it—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

Stay tuned later this week to learn how to de-pot your cosmetics to store in this nifty little box! In the meantime, let me know if you found this tutorial helpful or if you’ve used it—I’d love to see how yours turned out.

Stay fab!

—Marge 💋



One thought on “How to DIY a Z Palette Dupe

  1. buttnanalyf September 21, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    This is literally solving all of my problems with eyeshadow. You are a genius.


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