Today I'm going to share with you a DIY I've been meaning to do since January. Back in January Julep released their new bottle lids which pop off and have a "Swatch Me" sticker but because I skipped the month, I didn't get the sticker sheet they gave out for use on their older bottles. But no worries! My creative brain came up with a simple solution :)
Not all of use have the wall space to hang polish racks to display our beautiful polishes, so we have to resort to other means. I personally store most of my collection in a blue woven basket that I got as part of a set (they sell similar ones, in various sizes, at the Dollar Store in black, brown & beige). I stand up my polishes so it can sometimes be hard to tell which bottle is what depending on their shape. So I took the inspiration from Julep and created my own swatch top stickers for two brands of polishes, Julep & JOE Fresh. I will do more at a later time for some of the other polishes that are harder to see but for now these are the two brands I wanted to see the most since I have so many of them.
Our list of supplies is small:
- Polish bottles you want to swatch
- Labels (either white or clear, I chose clear)
Get your labels & line up your bottles, and away we go!
I organized my polishes by colour but if you don't have a system in place then you don't need to worry so much about how you paint the labels. I fit 3 colours comfortably on each thin label (could have pushed for 4 but wanted to have room to cut & a place to push down when putting it on the bottle). So I painted them my colour order & got this:
I waited for the polish to try before touching the labels because I didn't want to have to redo any of them. Also my suggestion is to do it in larger chunks and not just a couple polishes at a time that way you can just wait for them all to try & do it all at once. When the polish is dried, I cut between the swatches, placed it on the tops of my bottles (which you should wipe with a tissue to pick up any dust or residue on it) and TADA! You're done!
NOW when I look into my basket of goodies I know what I'm reaching for! So happy I've done this & like I said, I will be adding them to a few more polishes here and there but most I can see because of the bottle shape (i.e. OPI).
I hope you enjoyed this if you are like me and don't have the wall space for a beautiful display. Let me know if you if you use this for your collection & if you do take a picture and hashtag #sydneexoDIY on Twitter & Instagram, I would LOVE to see your collections!! I have another nail collection post for you that is somewhat DIY so look for that soon as well!
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