INSIDE: Use a vintage suitcase as a photo display on a wall or shelf. Idea for how to re-use old luggage.
I sent my mom on a mission to pick up a $10 beaten down, old suitcase someone in her neighborhood was selling on Craigslist. This was a bit of a gamble considering, as she often says, she can get lost turning around in her driveway! A handful of phone calls to me about directions and maps, she nevertheless found the home and showed up at my door with a vintage suitcase in hand.
With the suitcase now in my crafty hands, I have come to learn that my mother is upset with me that I took the suitcase apart and used the bottom half as a dog bed for our geriatric four-pawed baby. Claims the dog is too old to climb in. (And she’s kinda right; the dog is a little weary of her vintage bed!)
However, mom is on board with what I did with the top of the suitcase. Here’s how this grown daughter made her mama happy…all over a $10 DIY project!
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DIY Vintage Suitcase Wall Photo Display
This old suitcase must’ve had an amazingly adventurous past life because it was in rough shape! What once housed someone’s belongings on some old-time travels would now have a new kind of adventure…as a photo display on my wall.
diy vintage suitcase wall art
The original liner paper, which kept someone’s belongings safe and dry, just couldn’t be saved. Don’t you think? First task was to remove the old, albeit cool, paper.
The top of the suitcase was gently removed. I asked my husband if he could remove the top for me. I turned around for all of a minute then found myself with two luggage parts. Who knew I had my own resident Hulk? He just pried the pieces apart!
This equally strong and handy guy was nice enough to also insert a hook on what would typically be the top of the suitcase. This is how the suitcase will hang on a wall, assuming you plan to do so.
We laid out a rough plan for how the bailing wire will be strung within the suitcase. Based on this layout, drill small holes within both sides of the suitcase.
how to decorate with photos using vintage suitcase
I hauled out my clothing iron and flattened out some fabric. While doing this, I also folded down the raw edge of the fabric.
Working in small sections, run a bead of hot glue around the inside of the suitcase and apply the fabric.
At each corner, make a small triangle, fold the fabric down and secure theses corners with additional glue.
Once the inside of the suitcase is lined, poke the bailing wire through the holes previously made on the sides of the suitcase. Make a small twist, at both the beginning and end of the wire, to keep the wire from slipping out.
Talk about re-purpose! This old suitcase-turned-photo-display is fun on a dresser…
…or hung on a wall.
re-purpose old luggage into wall art
Use fun paper clips to hang an assortment of personal photos or postcards. It’s a fun way to display travel memories!
More DIY re-purposed ideas you may like:
- Turn a $5 mirrored tray into a photo holder for vintage photograph
- $20 thrift store coffee table makeover…with a rug
- Transform a large dresser mirror into wall art
- Grandma’s vintage vanity stool redo for child’s desk chair
- Use antique napkins to make a NO SEW table runner