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15 Reuse Old Suitcases in Spectacular Ways!

Wondering what to do with an old suitcase?  Here are 15 recycle reuse ideas for a vintage suitcase as well as some unexpected suitcase projects.  You’’re going to be blown away with these suitcase tutorials that include a charging station, bar, garden planter, chair, sidetable, pet bed and even how-to painted suitcases.  {squeal}

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 Vintage Suitcase Projects

1.  Turn an Old Suitcase into a Picnic Basket ~ Give an old suitcase new meaning with this fabulous picnic basket tutorial.  The outside gets a new coat of paint, new fabric on the inside and elastic straps to hold utensil.

2.  Vintage Suitcase Charging Station ~ An old suitcase is a perfect place to hide all of your electronics and their cords while they’re charging.  No more lost chargers.  And, it looks so much better to have everything tucked away and out of sight.  

3.  Garden Planter ~ An old suitcase can easily be reused as a garden planter.  Simply add top soil, flowers and voila!

4.  Vintage Suitcase Bar ~ A flea market find gets a new purpose with this suitcase bar.  Makes a great conversation piece.

5.  Dollhouse Suitcase ~ This little suitcase doubles as storage for the doll and her clothes, as well as the dollhouse. The back panel can be interchanged for “different rooms”. A great birthday gift.

6.  Suitcase Puppet Theatre ~ Here is a fun craft idea for a home project that is sure to spark any child’s imagination. Children will love to have a play place to call their own. This puppet theater is the perfect boredom buster for those cold, rainy and snowy days.

Painted Suitcases

7.  Suitcase Side-table ~ We have an itty-bitty guestroom, that is just big enough for a single bed, a bookcase and a small nightstand. No room for anything more. I want it to be as inviting and cozy as possible anyway, so I was looking for a nightstand that might work.

Repurposing Ideas

8.  Vintage Suitcase Chair ~ This is a tutorial to make a very unique occasion chair out of a vintage suitcase. With this tutorial your suitcase, some legs and a few other materials you’ll be able to create a statement chair that is as cozy as it is interesting! 

9.  DIY Suitcase Coffee Table ~ This is an awesome diy project where you’ll take an old suitcase and create a unique and stylish coffee table! Best part is that you won’t need much to decorate it with because it is a beautiful centerpiece to your living room as is!

10.  How to Turn a Suitcase into a Shelf ~ Here is a unique way to create more storage in your bathroom. Repurpose a vintage suitcase into a shelf to create hidden storage and a lovely place to store your towels.

11.  How to Make a Suitcase Table ~ Take an old suitcase to new, stylish heights with this clever idea. This tutorial shows how to use an old suitcase, spindles, wood and you have created a custom furniture piece to your decor!

12.  DIY Vintage Suitcase Cabinet ~ Wood shelving can be added to a vintage suitcase to easily transform it into a cabinet.

13.  How To Make a Pet Bed Out of a Suitcase –~ Make your small bet a cozy bed out of an old hard suitcase.

Vintage Suitcase

14.  Fabric Covered Suitcases ~ Mod podge your old suitcase with this tutorial.  Fresh new patterened fabric helps to enliven an old suitcase. Store mementos, fabric, blankets, even out-of-season clothes-anything you wish!

15.  How to Reline a Thrifted Suitcase ~ Learn how to reline an old suitcase with fabric or oil cloth, trim, scissors and fabric glue.


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