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« on: June 23, 2012 04:51:21 PM »

People seemed to like my matchbox suitcase so I decided to make another one and do a tutorial.

You will need:

  • A matchbox
  • Brown paper - I had some brown wrapping paper that was a bit fuzzy on one side.
  • Darker brown card - the one I have seems around 210gsm. It's stiff card stock anyway.
  • A print of some stickers - you can print out the one I used. Make sure it prints at 300dpi though so it's the right size.
  • Brown/black pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A gold marker (I forgot to include it in my photo)

Cut 2 pieces of brown paper. One big enough to wrap around the outside of the box with some overhang. One big enough to cover the bottom and sides of the inside of the box.
Cut 6 circles of brown card approx. 12mm diameter. I just traced around the bottom of a marker. They don't have to be exact, as long as they're not too big.
Cut 3 strips of brown card approx 4mm wide. 2 long enough to wrap around the box. The other shorter for the handle. Cut points on the ends.

Glue the paper to the outside of the box. Trim the overhang closely to the edge of the box. Then push the ends inside the box and glue them securely.
Glue the other piece of paper to the bottom of the inside drawer of the box, then fold the edges up and glue them to the sides. You'll need to trim the corners to make them fit neatly.

Cut the 6 circles into pieces. Cut 4 of them in half and 2 of them into quarters.
Use the pencils to darken the edges of the box and to give it some shading. (I still haven't decided if it's better to do this before or after you stick all the bits on.

Fold each semi circle in half and glue one to each corner of the outside of the box.
Glue the quarter circles to the ends of the inside drawer of the box.
Wrap the long strips around the box and glue them down with the pointy ends both on the top like straps.
Curl the handle, fold little bits of the ends back the other way and stick to the top like a handle. You'll probably have to trim this shorter once you know how much space you have between the straps.
Shade these bits with the pencils as well.

Cut out the stickers you want and stick them onto the sides.
Finally, add some metal details with the gold pen, like buckles and rivets. I put some dots on the bottom as well, as most suitcases have some little round metal/plastic feet.
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2012 05:08:40 PM »

Wonderful!  Thanks so much for the tute as well. You did a great job!

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2012 05:36:48 PM »

that is brilliant!

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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2012 05:45:40 PM »

Thank you so much for the tutorial and the link! I love this project oodles. It's just lovely!
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2012 10:26:37 PM »

thanks for the tute!  Pinned!!

« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2012 10:56:59 PM »

Thank you for the tut

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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2012 05:19:53 AM »

These are so cute. Thank you for showing how you make such small things. So simple yet looks so very complicated and detailed when finished.
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2012 09:20:32 AM »

You've given the expression "pack 'light'-ly" a whole new meaning...

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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2012 06:33:18 PM »

Thank you. Really cute.
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