How to Decorate a Suitcase

by Tanya Dudkina

A quick tutorial how to make a nice little suitcase look even more vintage and pretty.


  • Graphic 45 Worlds Fair paper pad
  • Graphic 45 Worlds Fair Tags and pockets
  • Graphic 45 Worlds Fair Chipboard
  • Flowers
  • Modelling paste
  • Acrylic paints
  • Stencils
  • Die-cuts
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Hi! Today I Want to share with you how to decorate a suitcase with acrylic paints and Graphic45 paper. First of all we need to paint our suitcase top with acrylic paint. I chose beige color.

    Step 2

    Add paint to the top surface and let it dry

    Step 3

    I made two coats of paint to cover the print on the top

    Step 4

    Now we will add a little bit of texture to our top with the help of texture paste. You can use white modeling paste or add some color to it with the help of pigment or another paint.

    Step 5

    I mixed golden texture paste with white texture paste and got a nice color

    Step 6

    With the help of a stencil apply paste on a top of a suitcase

    Step 7

    Just like that. This is my stencil by Tim Holtz

    Step 8

    Let's decorate with papers! I cut out some beautiful designs from Graphic 45 Worlds fair collection. Glue it on the top.

    Step 9

    Add some chipboard frames and details to the top. I also added some stamp rub-ons

    Step 10

    Make the same decor on the other side of the suitcase.

    Step 11

    I took main image from the journaling and ephemera cards set.

    Step 12

    Add some flowers and white delicate chipboard. I also decided to put a little envelope from tags and pockets pack by Graphic45

    Step 13

    Finally adding some crystals and title to our suitcase. I decided to make it look a little bit french :)

    Step 14

    Paint the chipboard with light blue or let it be white - it's up to you.

    Step 15

    And now it's ready. I can store my cross-stitching threads and canvas there!

    Step 16

    You can also add some acrylic accents on the metal parts of suitcase. Hope you enjoy the tutorial and will be happy to inspire you!