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Published on April 26th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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Suitcase DIY: Craft Projects for Vintage Suitcases

vintage suitcases
What is it about vintage suitcases? I think they carry so much history. Those sturdy, beautiful, old-timey pieces of luggage are packed full of trips and stories. Vintage suitcases are not so ideal for modern travel: they’re heavier than modern suitcases and often don’t have those handy wheels on the bottom, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still worth salvaging! Here are a few ways to rethink those suitcases.

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[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Drew Coffman]

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://www.gaia-noir.co.uk Jane_Faye

    * Drools over pics of gorgeous old steamer trunks and vintage suitcases * :)

    I’ve seen the results of a few upcycling projects on Folksy, where old cases have been decoupaged…and I use some beautiful vintage cases (that I got from where someone had actually just thrown them in a skip!) to store all my half-finished and potential craft projects. It’s better than a shelf or basket, because there’s a natural way of gauging when I’ve left too many half-done – if I can’t shut the blooming thing, it’s time to finish more projects off!

    Quite liking the pet bed idea, though. Our cat is very fond of hanging out in box-like objects.

  • SC

    Please only do this if the suitcase is half rotten or already 75% broken. Seeing gorgeous vintage goods destroyed by glue and paper is a tragedy! They are rare and beautiful as they are.

    If people want to get “handy” with luggage, why not get a cheap modern suitcase that is common? They can be found used at second hand stores. That saves the earth, too!

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