Paired with a reading of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, this mini-suitcase craft is great slumber party fun, a perfect pre- or post-vacation family activity, or an elaborate alternative to goody bags at a graduation party.
What you’ll need:
- empty paperboard boxes (cereal, cracker or other cartons)
- craft paper or wrapping paper (or fabrics)
- acrylic paint and brush (optional)
- ribbon, colored or patterned duct tape, or colored adhesive tape
- double-sided tape or glue
- assorted stickers, notions and trims, sequins
- adhesive-backed Velcro® fasteners
- scissors, a ruler and a craft knife
Cut your box so that it has a hinge and opens like a book. Make your first cut easy by starting with your box top open. Cut from the open top along the top right side to the bottom of the box. Then tape the top of your box shut and cut the panel across the top and the bottom of the box.
Use double-sided tape or glue to wrap the box inside and out with paper or fabric. Keep the suitcase lid open and wrap it separately. Or you can paint the entire box. For more durable luggage with a vinyl look, cover your box entirely in duct tape!
Measure a length of ribbon (or folded duct tape) for a handle. Cut it 2 to 3 inches longer than a handle should be.
On the side of the box where your suitcase opens, decide where you want your handle. Use the craft knife to make two slits and then insert the ends of the suitcase handle. Secure the handle by tying a large knot at each end of the ribbon or use duct tape to tape the handle ends to the inside of the case.
Cut two pieces of ribbon (or folded duct tape) long enough to make straps to wrap around the width of the suitcase on either side of the handle. The strap ends should meet with some overlap. Secure the straps using glue or tape, leaving about 2 inches free. Add the Velcro® closures to the unsecured strap ends and to the suitcase.
Personalize and decorate the suitcase with stickers, sequins or other trimmings to make it the perfect keepsake box, souvenir holder, travel activity kit, or party favor!