Don't you just adore vintage luggage? The sturdy boxy shape, lovely handles, and satiny insides. I can just imagine the trips these pieces have gone on--cross-country train rides, steamer ships, big, old airplanes where the stewardesses wore little pill hats.
I pick up vintage suitcases whenever I can find them at an affordable price (Boy, do I wish I would have snatched them all up several years ago when they were a dime a dozen!). I decided to use one from the stash to make a sweet Christmas decoration, that is useful too.
After gluing down some of the edges, I painted it with red Chalk Paint from Annie Sloan. I then found this adorable vintage graphic at The Graphics Fairy--she has so many to choose from!
I Modge Podged it on. The way I learned to do Modge Podge to help avoid bubbles is to put the glue both on the back of the paper and on the item you are sticking it to. I get bubbles still, but as it dries they seem to disappear. TIP: Spray your image with a clear sealer spray before decoupaging so the colors won't run. Use a light coat or two, if it is too heavy the ink will run.
When it was dry, I added a border of modge podge with a paint brush and then some clear glitter.
A ribbon tied to the scrumptious handle,
and a coat of clear spray to protect it all and hopefully keep the glitter on there a bit better finished up this sweet suitcase.
And the best part, it gives you extra storage--a place to hide your "normal" decor and a place to store Christmas decor the rest of the year.