Here is another project made from something that had almost out lived it's usefulness and I credit my Sister for this project. She made a small suitcase for me a few years back so I could store some of my Christmas tree ornaments. I liked it so well I made myself another one plus 9 more for Christmas Gifts for my Family.

Once the ornaments are out the suitcase itself makes a attractive Christmas display under the tree. Heck one of the Family members was going to use it also as a overnight suit case at Christmas time when visiting Family

This is a VERY EASY & CHEAP project to make that does not out live It's Usefulness. The suitcases are very easy to find and are very cheap in Thrift Stores. I only paid between  $1.00 to $4.00 a piece for them. The only extra cost I had in them was the clear acrylic spray which covered 3 cases, didn't need to buy paint already had it.

I plan on making some more for myself with Easter and Halloween Themes on them

Step 1: Materials Needed

Suitcases: You don't have to be picky about the colors it can be changed just by painting them.

Cleaner: I used Mean Green from the Dollar General, it contains a d-greaser which will remove any kind of dirt and grim.

Clear acrylic or enamel spray: One can will cover 3 suit cases.

Good stiff craft paint brushes: The cases have a rough surface and a soft brush does not work very well.

Craft Paint:


<p>Those are some really beautiful paintings you have got there. I think you could apply those artistic skills on anywhere else and not just suitcases. I have in mind some wooden storage crates and even those wooden pallets left abandoned in my basement. They would look great for the holiday season with a coat of paint.</p>
What a wonderful idea for storing all your holiday decorating items. Your a genius..
Did you mask off the handle and metal trim. In one photo it looks like you painted the whole thing and then it looks different. Great project, I love old suitcases!
You can if you want but I did not. i only painted 2 cases on both sides because they were black the other cases I only painted on the one side because their colors went with my theme. I did not have to worry about getting the clear coat getting on the metal it the only effect it gave it was make it more shinny. If you need any more help will be Glad to help.
Thanks for the info
Very nice!
WOW... you are an <u><strong>amazing</strong></u> artist!!! &nbsp;These suitcases are fabulous!!!
Great idea and love your art.
Glad you like it. I just looked at your projects and I really liked your PILL PUZZLE ORNAMENT: recycling and reusing. You just helped me with my Christmas next year. Our Grandchildren and nephews and nieces will love it. I like the recycling aspect of it sense I save Christmas Sacks and Cards. will be saving lids this year as well.
WOW! These look great!
Glad you like it. I just looked at your projects and I liked your Quick (gluten free optional) Chocolate Waffle Cookies. My neighbor only eats gluten free she is always looking for new recipes I will send it her way after I try it.
Awesome artwork! An idea truly suited for the season. (*groan)
Glad you like it. I just looked at your projects and I liked your Tangle Free Dog Leash Holder. when we travel our dogs go with us we are always having to untangle them because they are not use to being on a leash, this might help

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