Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Love Vintage Suitcases? Make Your Own..


I started thinking about vintage suitcases like this one, and how they tell a story of where they have been. I have a collection of vintage suitcases and they are wonderful for storage. It seems that they are scarce and not many flea markets have them, so I thought it would be fun to offer a solution where you can make your own. These would also make a wonderful gift.


From time to time I’ve seen these great cardboard versions of vintage suitcases. PaperSource actually has a wide variety of them at pretty affordable prices - these black suitcases range from $8.00 - $14.50 each. These would be great for storing photos, stationary and craft items.


Lucky for me, I came across this DIY suitcase. It’s apparently made out of a Bisquick box! Who would of thought? Find the instructions here for this simple project. This project gives you so much more freedom, because you can use whatever boxes you have available to get the size you want, as well as fabric or paper that matches your color scheme, and it will cost next to nothing!




I envision creating a stack of these suitcases and decorating them with vintage travel stickers which you can purchase at a very reasonable price at Hello Traveler. Or paint them with chalkboard paint and write a personal message and give them as a gift.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


14 comments:

Katherine Ann said...

what a great idea!!! Thanks for the link to the travel stickers. I want to try this over Christmas break. Yay!!

manon 21 said...

Et c'est grâce à une valise si on s'est connues....

amicalement,


manon

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

yes, a great idea. I too love vintage suitcases and they are getting harder to find- thanks...
Karen

LuLu said...

I've seen te papersource suitcases and adore them! great idea on making my own! so cute
xo,
LuLu

Jacqueline said...

Aren't thay brilliant, and such a reasonable price. A great idea, Michells. XXXX

BonjourRomance said...

This is really a great idea, thanks for all the tips.

Jen R. said...

That is super clever! And I always happen to have one of those!

DolceDreams said...

What a great idea, thanks for sharing!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Nathalie

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What a cute idea...and the fact that your recylcing...even better.

Cathy said...

I finally got my new Etsy shop up and running! I took your advice. Go back and read my blog and follow the link to NewEnglandVintage! Thanks for the encouragement. I'm out of my funk and up and running around like crazy. You gave me that huge boot in the butt I needed.

xo Cath

Jeanneoli said...

Cute, cute idea!!! I use vintage suitcases to hold all my different vintage papers.

Kerry said...

I adore old suitcases too, what a fabulous idea!
I have an award for you over on my blog. No worries if you are award free or choose not to participate - just wanted to say I think you have a beautiful blog!

xx Kerry

BellaColle' said...

Too cute!
Xo
~Christine

Anonymous said...

i have a vintage suitcase for sale, if anyone is interested email me and i will send you photo's. rachelc1995@hotmail.com