Home made DIY blotting paper

homemade blotting paper

One of the modern marvels of the world, (my modern world anyway) is the invention +/or discovery of blotting paper.  Tell me you know about this stuff.  You do know about it, right?  If not no biggie, that’s what I’m here for, to help you navigate the sometimes weird world of beauty.

Blotting papers are these magical little squares of paper that absorb oil from your face.

Say what?

Truth.  You know I wouldn’t dare tell you guys any lies, I love you too much.

blotting papers DIY

This is what blotting paper looks like, little unobtrusive pieces of wafer thin paper.  It’s actually rice paper which is super fantastic at absorbing oil from your gorgeous mug and doesn’t leave anything behind so you won’t end up with powder residue on your nose when you head to the ladies to touch up your makeup.

Women still do that, don’t they?  Or is the ladies room just for a quick bit of gossip and general outfit rearranging?  I usually generally go to the restroom when I’m out and about because I’m an old lady with an old lady / post kid bladder.  Once in a while I refresh my lipstick in there but not much else because I know who I’m going home with at the end of the night.  And he’s totally hot.

Anyway.  We’ve established why you need blotting paper in your life, let’s get to the DIY.

I didn’t even mean to do that.

The reason I make my own DIY blotting paper is because sometimes products in the beauty world worth having are crazy expensive, e.g.: how to pore strips and blotting papers.  I don’t know about you but I prefer spending my money on Diet Dr Pepper and good books so I make DIY lip gloss, wax my own eyebrows, and now home made DIY blotting paper.

home made blotting paper

Don’t freak out, but this DIY is made from toilet seat covers.

I had a handful of friends lose their minds when I shared my beauty trick with them.  If you’re uncomfortable using toilet seat covers go to an office supply store or big box store and buy a huge, ginormous pack of them and split it up with a hundred million people.  I’m not even remotely worried about using these covers, but that could be the younger-kid-from-a-huge-family in me talking.

DIY Blotting Paper Supplies:

  • toilet seat covers
  • scissors
  • home made blotting papers carrying case / Altoids tin (optional)
DIY home made blotting paper

Home Made DIY Blotting Paper How To:

Step 1

Fold single paper /stack of papers in half, then halve again.

blotting paper

Step 2

Cut all the way along the fold horizontally, and then into 2-3 inch sections vertically until you have strips of paper.

blotting papers DIY

Step 3

Cut into smallish rectangles, whatever size you like.  Mine are 2-3 inches wide and 4 inches tall.

DIY altoids case

Step 4 // optional //

Since blotting papers are so thin and fragile I like a carrying case to hold them, and the absolutely most perfect container for size and sturdiness for said papers is an Altoid tin. There are a million and one uses for these tins, and I use them for everything.

If you don’t feel crafty you can use the container from your migraine medicine.


migraine case

If you’re feeling a little crafty (it doesn’t take much work) decorate your Altoid tin / new home made DIY blotting paper case with some cute paper and washi tape like this:

homemade blotting paper

Now pop that tin of oil-fighting goodness into your purse / desk / backpack / car / nightstand and never worry about your oily face again.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Jeni Allen :

    Allison, I am laughing my butt off right now. Seriously going to have to try this and start carrying around my altoids tin. Thank You!! The perfect diy Christmas gift. I know what all my sisters will be getting this year!!!

    • Allison :

      Hooray! Non-Oily faces unite for the holidays!

  2. Kat :

    Too funny!! I have been doing this for YEARS and people thought I was a nut! It’s not like it’s a USED gasket, for cryin’ out loud!!

    • Allison :

      Because you’re brilliant Kat, and yes! My point exactly! Unused liners, who cares?

  3. Jessica Leigh :

    EVERY time I’m in a public restroom when using a toilet seat protector, I rip out the center and use it on my facial cheeks while the other cheeks get the rest. haha. But yes, I always use the middle instead of putting it in the water. I find they don’t work nearly as well as the Clean and Clear blue sheets I love, but they definitely pick up some oil. Nice to use throughout the day when mother nature calls. Or whenever you want, if you take them with you!

    • Allison :

      I love it! You’re a smartypants Jessica. The smartest, and non-oiliest gal around.