DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette (Z-palette substitute)


*update: I have a new tutorial that I think turns out better using a CD case.*
I have a ton of Lancôme sample eye shadow palettes from my mom buying her Lancôme foundation (she doesn't wear eye products). If you have never seen a Lancôme sample palette, they generally have four colors and each pan is about a half inch wide. Anyhow I hate having to open each palette to find the colors I want so I wanted a way to keep them all together and I found Z-Palettes. However I didn't not want to spend $20 on a Z-Palette so I decided to make one.

Note: I did not come up with this project, I googled "z-palette DIY". I found this video tutorial, however I have modified her version to include a magnetic board, and a place for my shadow brushes. Also my palette is not entirely covered in Duct-tape.

Video Version of this Tutorial

Supplies Needed:
  • A piece of scrapbook paper (wrapping paper could substitute)
  • Matching Duct-Tape 3/4" thickness
  • Old DVD or Game case
  • Self-Adhering Magnet sheets
  • Scissors
  • Box-cutter or x-acto knife

In total this cost me $6.50 but I did not use all of the tape or magnets on this project.

1. The first step is to put cardboard between the clear plastic and the black case. Next outline the area you need to cut out on the side that the disc would have clipped to.

Top picture shows my outline; Bottom shows the cut out.

Result after cutting out.

2. Next use the insert from the DVD or Game to draw an outline on your paper. Then cut it out.
I love this pretty pink chevron!

3. Put the paper in the case where the insert used to be. Then lay the case flat and outline the area of the opening you cut in the case.

4. Cut the above outline out and insert the paper back into the case.

5. Tape the edges of the case. Then trim around the handle to open the case.

6. Take your magnetic sheet and measure it to fit the case. I used a 5"x7" magnetic sheet. I placed one edge of the sheet on the edge the clips for an insert and drew a line a little within the bend of the case. I did this because if I went all the way to the bend it would not close properly.

7. Peel the sheet off the back of your magnet and place it in the case.

Ta Daaaaaa! Easy magnetic palette.

Tips and Tricks:
  1. Save your magnetic scrap. Some pans that you depot may not be a metal that will stick to a magnet, if you save the magnet scraps you can put a little piece on the bottom of the pan. 
  2. Leave the clips inside the box that would be used to hold an insert, they are great for holding your brushes. 
  3. Find a way to keep track of color names. I wrote a number with permanent marker on the bottom of each pan and wrote a corresponding list that I will type up and keep on my computer.  
  4. Save the palette you de-potted your makeup from if they aren't damaged, you can add a magnet bottom and have a small travel tray from the things in your big palette.
  5. If you don't like the DVD case you can use some of this tutorial and apply it to other casing.
Let me know how your projects go!

Bests, Cittie


  1. I really want to try that! Any ideas on what I could use to make a smaller 9-pan shadow palette? Thanks! Great blog!

  2. Try my updated tutorial. Or possibly try an altoids tin.

  3. Wow I really love this idea
    I'm definitely wanting to try this!! Thanks


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