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finished suitcase box measures 3 x 2 x 1.75.
- Templates for both the
suitcase lid and bottom (see above)
- Lid: 1 piece card stock
5" x 4"
- Bottom: 1 piece card stock
6" x 7"
- Support: 1 piece card stock
1.25" x 6.5"
- Hinge: 1 piece cloth, book
cloth, ribbon, or paper 1" x 2.75"
- Handle: 1 piece narrow ribbon
or cord 3"
- Latches: 2 pieces ribbon
- Craft knife
- Bone folder
- Hole punch
- Rubber stamps, inks, stickers,
- Use templates to cut out
suitcase lid and bottom; cut on solid lines, use a bone folder to score
and fold on dotted lines. Make sure to fold accurately. The placement
for the holes and the two X's.
- Unfold and decorate both sides
of the lid and bottom as desired. Be creative!
- Apply glue to the inside of the
sides, refold, tucking tabs into the folded edges of the adjacent sides.
You will end up with two half-boxes the same width and length, one twice
as deep as the other.
- Measure the long side of the
suitcase bottom; it should be 3". If it is larger or smaller, use
- Take the support piece and
measure 1.75" from each end, making sure that the center portion is
3" or the measurement you got in Step 4.
- Verify that the folded support
piece fits properly along the inside of the suitcase (it will fit along
three sides; the fourth is where the hinge will go). Make adjustments in
the folds if necessary.
- Glue the support in place.
- Punch holes where you previously
marked in the suitcase bottom. (You can add eyelets for a nice touch.)
- Glue the hinge to the inside of
the remaining side of the bottom, and inside one edge of the lid,
ensuring that the edges of the lid and bottom match. After the glue
dries, open and close the lid a few times to loosen a bit, making the
suitcase easier to open.
- Tie a knot in one end of the
handle ribbon or cord, thread into the holes from inside the suitcase,
and back through the other hole and knot the other end.
- Glue the ribbons to the suitcase
bottom (the side where the hinge is) where marked with an X.
- Bring the ribbon ends around to
the handle side, tie, and trim.
This is a perfect
party favor or card for a bon voyage or graduation party!
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