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Tutorial: Manicure Gift Set

7 January 2013 3,204 views 5 Comments

by rhonda

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

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!

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  • Craft Project: Manicure Gift Set | Mrs. Greene - crafts, food, fashion, life said:

    […] I love gifts that are useful, so I am always on the lookout for practical items that I can get crafty with to make them personalized or special. When I saw some sets of manicure tools at Dollar Tree, I knew it would be a great gift item! Over at Dollar Store Crafts today I share how I made the gift set, complete with magnets (no pieces rattling around when you carry it in your purse!) and a decorated tin with a Mod Podge finish. I love how it turned out! [go to the tutorial] […]

  • Nessa the Procrastinator said:

    Thank you for this project. I’m working on Christmas 2013 for the women and children of a local shelter. This will make an excellent present for the women!

  • Amy said:

    This is adorable! You could also line the tin with fuzzy material to keep down on the rattling.

  • Ellie said:

    Another money-saving tip: check the clearance isles after major holidays (especially Christmas) – I got a ton of metal gift card tins for $0.10 a piece. I got some at Old Navy for a similarly crazy good price. The stores bulked up for Christmas, but the tins weren’t really Christmas-themed.

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