Tutorial: Make a manicure gift set

When I wander the aisles of Dollar Tree, I usually look through every department, even the ones that don’t seem very crafty.  One of my favorite unexpected places in the store to find crafty tidbits is the beauty supplies – it’s pretty amazing what you can do with some nail polish or a little eye shadow.  That’s also where I found some little manicure sets that I thought would make cute gifts.  Here is how to make your own pretty manicure set!

Project estimate:

  • Manicure set, $1
  • Small tin, on hand or $1
  • Paper, on hand
  • Embellishments (optional), on hand or $1
  • Mod Podge, on hand
  • Magnets, on hand or $1 and up
  • Glue, on hand

Total:  $1 and up

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Tutorial: Manicure gift set

Make sure your tin is big enough to hold all of the parts of the manicure set.  An empty candy tin (like an Altoids tin) will work well; I also found a gift card holder tin in the gift wrapping section of Dollar Tree that was a nice size for this project.

Tutorial: Manicure gift set

Carefully glue a small magnet onto each piece of the manicure set.  I used Amazing Goop to glue my magnets in place.  Be careful when you are gluing to make sure your magnet placement doesn’t interfere with any moving parts on the manicure set pieces.  The magnets will hold all of the items in place inside the tin to keep them from rattling around.

Tutorial: Manicure Gift Set

Decorate the outside of the tin however you want.  I used paper, stickers, ribbon, and lace to embellish the top of my tin, sealing it all in place with a couple of coats of Mod Podge.  Let the Mod Podge dry and the set is ready to go!