Vintage weddings are hot right now with props from the 1920’s era being used in photos and reception decorations.
One item that is used probably more often than most is a vintage suitcase. If you are looking for a unique card box idea for your vintage wedding, then a suitcase may be just what you need.
I transformed an old case, that had a great exterior, into something suitable to be displayed at the reception gift table for my daughter.
The inside needed quite a bit of work but it was nothing that couldn’t be made over with some decorative craft paper, die cut letters, chalk board paper, vintage inspired flowers, lace, a vintage key, and duct tape (yes really!).
First I had to tear out the original fraying fabric lining of the case and give the wood a good cleaning with an oxy cleaner. Vintage cases often have a musty smell which this took care of nicely.
I then painted the inside of the case white. It gave me a fresh palette to work with.
Are you wondering where the duct tape came in? This particular case had the outer lining material overlapping to the inside. When I tore out the inner fabric, the overlap adhesion was coming apart. I could have glued it back down but it wasn’t the most pretty with uneven edges. So….I found black duct tape with polka dots that would had a little whimsy to the edge. Not only did it hold down the overlap but it added a decorative trim.
Next, I glued in my decorative vintage craft paper that has a nice soft embossed texture to it. Since it was not the same size as my case, I added lace to the seam at the bottom.
Originally, I was planning on buying chalk board paint for the lid. However, I found some very cool chalk board craft paper at Joann that made the job so much easier. I just glued it to the center lid and rubbed chalk on it and erased to give it a more used look.
I glued a row of lace to the top, with fabric glue, to clip my die cut letters to. I attached them with brad clips so they could be easily taken off after the wedding.
To get the suitcase to stay open without leaning against a wall, I added bracelet chain to the inside and attached it with tacks at the inside lid and base.
I hung a vintage key from the lace and glued my flowers to the bottom corner and I was all set!
The only thing left is for my daughter to write a special message on the chalk board for her guests to read.