14 Super Cool Suitcase Upcycle Projects

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I love old suitcases. I don’t seem them at the thrift store that much, but when I do, I snatch them up. I have a few in my stash and (gulp) have never done anything with them. They are holding craft supplies, but I recently realized that these suitcases could be so much more. I did a little investigative work and was surprised to find so many upcycled suitcase projects out there. People are geniuses! One that I loved (and felt I could quickly do) was this suitcase bookshelf. You can revamp the suitcases before you make the bookshelf, or you can just keep them as is for a cool vintage look. Would you like more suitcase DIY project ideas? Continue through the jump!

  • Pet Bed 1 of 13
    Pet Bed
    Remove one side of an old suitcase, then find a pillow that fills the bottom to make a cushy pet bed.
    Get the instructions at The DIY Show Off
  • Coffee Table 2 of 13
    Coffee Table
    If you can use a power drill, then you can add legs to the bottom of a suitcase and turn it into a table. The best part is that you have additional storage built in.
    Find out how to DIY it at Design Sponge
  • Suitcase Lounger 3 of 13
    Suitcase Lounger
    You can make this chair, but you'll need some sewing skills to make the cushions comfortable enough to sit in.
    See how it was done at See Kate Sew
  • Rolling Bar 4 of 13
    Rolling Bar
    A larger suitcase (or trunk) would be perfect for turning into a bar - you will need to use a jigsaw to cut out the front to make the door.
    Get the step-by-step at Apartment Therapy
  • Portable Dollhouse 5 of 13
    Portable Dollhouse
    This ingenious suitcase uses inserts to make different rooms for the doll it holds inside. Sewing skills required.
    See how it was made at Prudent Baby
  • Medicine Cabinet 6 of 13
    Medicine Cabinet
    You can DIY this project by adding a mirror to the lid, shelves to the inside and reinforcing the back with wood.
    Learn more about this project at re-nest
  • Night Stand 7 of 13
    Night Stand
    You won't need tools for this project. Simply stack the suitcases (you might want to glue them for stability) and add a mirror on top.
    Visit the post at cupcakes and cashmere
  • Supplies Holder 8 of 13
    Supplies Holder
    For those who travel with craft supplies and/or use a lot of small items, this revamp is perfect The clear containers are glued to magnets and attach to a cookie sheet installed in the suitcase lid.
    Get the instructions at Inspire Co.
  • Fabric Covered 9 of 13
    Fabric Covered
    Mod Podge fabric to old suitcases and use them for storage that you can keep out in the open (perfect for craft supplies or fabric!).
    Learn how to do it yourself at A Beautiful Mess
  • Speaker Picnic Table 10 of 13
    Speaker Picnic Table
    Legs and speakers installed into the interior of this old Samsonite make it the perfect picnic table. This table even has a place to to insert your iPod so that you can listen to tunes while you dine.
    Find the step-by-step instructions at Instructables
  • Chest of Drawers 11 of 13
    Chest of Drawers
    Put suitcases to their intended use - holding clothing - but insert them into an old dresser drame for a faux chest of drawers.
    See more images at Dornob
  • Working Clock 12 of 13
    Working Clock
    This is a real working clock - with parts glued to the front, a hole drilled through the center and the movement stuck right through.
    Get the step-by-step at Mamie Jane's
  • Wall Shelves 13 of 13
    Wall Shelves
    You can't be afraid to wield a table saw and carve up your suitcases to make these wall shelves.
    Find the complete instructions at Red Hen Home



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