DIY Holiday Storage Container From Suitcases




About: I like making something from nothing so I don't through away items until I know for sure it has out lived it's usefulness. So you might want to Follow Me to see how nothing can become something Useful.

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

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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:


Step 2: Ready to Paint

First paint your cases with white so to have clean white surface for painting your picture.

Pencil Sketch your theme onto the suitcase. Note: I got my Theme Idea off some Christmas wrapping Paper.

For me it worked well when I painted the Sky and Ground first and then paint the Characters.

The only painting difficulty I had was painting a thin line for detail outlining because of the suitcase's rough surface.

Tips:   When I painted the trees I would paint the tree area white when it overlaid the sky that way I had a all white surface when painting the tree.

I painted the snow flacks last.

Once painting is done spray clear coat over the painted surfaces.

Step 3: All Done

Here are some of my finished Suitcases and everyone liked them. They all thought it was a neat idea for Storing their ornaments. One was going to use it as a overnight suit case at Christmas time when visiting Family.

These suitcases would be great painted up for each Holiday. My next one will be for Easter.

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    14 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Wow! I think the other material you would require to complete this project of yours is definitely some artistic drawing skills! I really admire those with talents who can easily create beautiful holiday storage containers from old suitcases that would have been otherwise been abandoned and look timeworn.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    What a wonderful idea for storing all your holiday decorating items. Your a genius..


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    WOW... you are an amazing artist!!!  These suitcases are fabulous!!!

    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.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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