Got an old suitcase in your attic that you can't bear to part with? Give it a brand new life with one of these fun suitcase craft ideas!
If you don't have a vintage suitcase handy, I've discovered that they're pretty easy to find! I have a collection of vintage suitcases that I've scored over the years at thrift stores, so hit the Goodwill or the Value Village, and keep your eyes peeled! Garage sales and estate sales are also great places to snag old suitcases.
The type of craft project you do will depend on the shape of your suitcase and what kind of shape it's in. You wouldn't want to use a suitcase with a rounded body as an end table, for example, unless you like picking your lamp and alarm clock up off of the floor every morning.
Check out these suitcase crafts that use a few different kinds of suitcases in different conditions!
1. Suitcase Cat Bed
This works with a suitcase of any shape, and it's particularly good if your suitcase's insides are less than stellar. Remove the top, create a custom-fit cushion, and transform that old suitcase into a super adorable cat bed!
2. Craft Market Display
We're right in the thick of holiday craft markets and pop up shops, and if you're looking to add some vertical interest to your display, vintage suitcases work great! This project is best if your suitcase has innards that are in OK shape, at least in the top half.
If your suitcase won't stay open on its own, you can prop it with a salvaged branch that you cut or even snap the the right length.
3. Revamped Suitcase
Got a suitcase that looks great inside but the outer shell leaves a little something to be desired? No problem! Grab some common craft supplies and a bottle of Mod Podge for Fabric and give that suitcase a brand new life. Since you're sealing this up with mod podge, you could also cover your suitcase in reclaimed paper, collage-style.
4. Suitcase End Table
For this project, the insides of your suitcase don't matter, but you do want to choose one with a flat body shape. You can use a stack of suitcases, like in the photo above, or whip out the power tools to add legs to one sturdy, flat suitcase.
Have you guys made anything fun from vintage suitcases lately? I'd love to hear your crafty suitcase ideas in the comments!