DIY Snowy Winter Suitcases

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DIY Snowy Winter Suitcases
Decor, Home Decor
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  • Several vintage style suitcases
  • Painter’s tape
  • White primer
  • White spray paint
  • White glitter
  • Clear sealant
  • Wired ribbon
  • Luggage tags
  • Pretty ink pens
  • Ribbon to attach
  • Vintage travel decals


  1. Collect old suitcases. You will want a variety of shapes and sizes to make your display interesting. Ultimately, you want to stack the suitcases on top of each other.
  2. Tape-off any hardware that is visually interesting. Save things like keys & luggage tags. Play with how the locks sit-- you can sometimes move them so that they are more interesting to your final product. I can show you this on one of the cases I sent. You can decide if you think it’s worth noting.
  3. Spray with white spray paint. If you are using a dark colored suitcase a spray paint with primer will speed up the project. Repeat until you get the desired look you want. Usually at least 2 coats.
  4. Once you get good white coverage, liberally cover with glitter while the spray paint is still wet. You will want to go back later and seal the glitter with another coat of spray paint. This changes the look of the glitter from shiny to a more textured finish.
  5. You can treat luggage tags using the same paint and glitter formula.
  6. Stack suitcases. Use travel decals or stickers to embellish the suitcases. You can use places you've visited or lived, or places you want to travel too. Re-attach any keys.
  7. Embellish your suitcase stack with floral pics, and a ribbon for your suitcase handle. Fill out your luggage tags. You can use your family name and home address or simply write "Merry Christmas" on your tag.
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