Published on January 29th, 2011 | by Wenona Napolitano


Cosmetic Container Crafts

I’ll admit am a girly girl and wear cosmetics of all different types. I try to be as eco as possible about them but only some companies offer eco products and mainstream companies are only starting to get more eco in their packaging.

Years of cosmetic use can create a lot of waste. Sure it’s easy to recycle the glass jars and plastic bottles but what about the items that have many materials in them like compacts and lipstick tubes? Most of are made of combinations of glass, metal and plastic.

I’ve always found it wasteful to throw away the pretty handheld compacts- the ones with the mirrors. I’ve been brainstorming ways to reuse or upcycle them but have only come up with a few ideas. Even after searching I couldn’t find too many crafty ideas for reuse.

But here’s what I did find:

Wildly woolly creates felted cosmetics to replace the used up ones. It is very cute but not really practical or reusable.

Several sites have simple ideas for reusing or recycling cosmetic containers. They can be found on Recycle This, Beyond Jane, and EcoLife.

But I want more crafty ideas.

One idea that I was thinking of is turning the compacts into photo lockets. You could cut out and glue photos into the area where the makeup used to be. I bet with a little ingenuity I could create an accordion style photo pullout so more than one photo could be put inside.

What are your crafty ideas for reusing or upcycling cosmetic containers? Please post in the comments or upload a photo to our Flickr pool!

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

4 Responses to Cosmetic Container Crafts

  1. Jill says:

    I’ve seen people make play makeup for kids by pouring old thick nail polish into eye shadow containers and compacts. Puts the old polish to a good use and creates mess free makeup for kids!

  2. Turtle Signs says:

    What about using empty compacts for business card holders. It could add a touch of glam to your networking efforts.

  3. Melquíades Aparicio says:

    How about reusing those containers to make compact flash lights? they are very handy when browsing  in carry on bags, to find  key holes etc. they are alwais useful. Also could be used as tooth pick carry on container.

  4. Green Hipster says:

    Thanks for the idea. After brainstorming I decided that I’m going to use the makeup containers to to organize little things in my purse.

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