Hey, MacGyvers! Planning a summer vacation? Don’t bring excess baggage — craft with it instead. If you’ve upgraded to an ergonomic roller bag but still have some vintage suitcases hanging around, try transforming them into these fabulous crafts. (If you don’t already own vintage suitcases but still want to look like a jet-setter, you can find them at flea markets or via various online marketplaces like Craigslist and Etsy.)
Everyone loves a family pet, but no one loves to look at a drab old animal crate. Take a cue from designer Brian Patrick Flynn and turn a vintage suitcase into a handsome pet bed instead. Your furry friends will love it so much, they won’t even mind staying behind while you travel.
If you can’t get away this summer, surround yourself with mementos from your favorite trips and accents like this vintage suitcase table from Joanne Palmisano and our friends at the DIY Network. Now even your staycation will feel exotic.
Vintage suitcases are great for stashing things away…or putting them on display. You can do both with this Victorian-inspired jewelry box from Amy Azzarito’s book, Past & Present. (Loving the use of seashells here!)
Show off all of your souvenirs on shelves made from — you guessed it — vintage suitcases! This example by “junker”/editor/author Ki Nassauer (via Apartment Therapy) is especially eye-catching. Want to learn how to do this at home? ManMade has a good basic tutorial.
Which vintage suitcase craft suits you? And do you have any unusual craft material suggestions for me? Leave them in the comments below!