Vintage Suitcase Card Box Idea For A Wedding

Gift card boxes are a good thing to have on hand at a wedding reception, or other party, to hold all of those cards received in one place.  For something a little more unique than the average box, a vintage suitcase works great for a collection point.  When the party is over, just snap the case shut and carry the case home!

I happen to collect vintage suitcases to display in my home for decor.  I also happen to have two daughters getting married next year.  Therefore, I decided to start making over the inside of my very old suitcases to make at least one of them suitable for a gift card box to use at one or both of the weddings.

The problem with many of the vintage suitcases that I have found is that they look pretty cool from the outside and a complete disaster on the inside.

I started with my smallest suitcase which was a nice aged brown case with leather handle and rusted buckles.  You would think that the inside had just as much character…..but no!

It was lined with a very dirty blue floral fabric that was also torn in several spots.  Before even thinking to take a picture, I began tugging at the fabric.  It easily tore away from the wooden frame and I quickly rid the inside of its floral covering leaving me with a plain wooden box…..in need of decorating!

The first thing that I did was to put a nice fresh coat of white paint on that wood.  I then decoupaged some neutral rose craft paper to the inside lid with Mod Podge matte finish.  To finish off the upper edge, I added a lace border with tacky glue.  Since I had a seam between two pieces of paper that I used, I glued three medium sized mother of pearl buttons at the seam to look like the pieces were buttoned together.

The suitcase would need a label to signify that it was a gift card box, so I made a sign with thick cutout letters painted with raw umber paint with a light coat of metallic silver over the top to make it blend with the paper.

I attached the sign to the lace with small brad clips.

The leather straps that were supposed to keep the lid from falling all the way back when open, were missing.  I replaced them with two bracelet chains attached with tacks pounded in tight.

I also decoupaged lace to the bottom of the inside of the box and then painted over it with a couple of paints to blend with the paper on the lid.

Here is the full completed picture:

I’m sharing this project at the following link parties:

Someday Crafts, Southern Lovely, Tip Junkie

Happy Crafting!

Easy Rustic Wedding Crafts


With two daughters getting married next year, I have been looking for creative ways to keep those wedding costs down!  Luckily there are lots of wedding crafts that are really simply to complete, look elegant and tasteful and are easy on the budget.

One craft that I have been continuing to make more of are the table number holders out of vintage thread spools.  They are fun to make but I must say I like making them from spools that are already empty rather than having to unwind all of that thread!

While searching for some other craft ideas, I narrowed it down to those with a rustic, shabby chic or vintage style to share with you here.  All of the tutorials are easy to follow.  Just click on the photos to get all of the instructions!

Rustic Wedding Crafts:

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DIY wedding programs from burlap and patterned paper by Intimate Weddings.

1.  DIY Wedding Programs – Here is a unique way to create wedding programs using one of my favorite materials – Burlap!  Combining it with vintage patterned paper gives a nice romantic feel.  I also love the wire basket to hold all of the programs in!

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Heirloom bouquet by Junk Shop Bride.

2.  Brooch Bouquet – This is one of my favorites and one that I am in the process of making myself.  A collection of vintage brooches makes a beautiful bouquet.  I love the fact that you can make these bouquets long ahead of time and they will still be fresh and beautiful on the day of the wedding!

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DIY Rope Words By Green Wedding Shoes.

3.  Rope Words – A great way to label chairs or make signs is with rope words.  I love the simple rustic look – it really is easier to do than it may look!

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Chalkboard wedding signs by Craftzine.

4.  Chalkboard Signs – It’s always a good idea to have some directional signs at a wedding and these chic chalkboard signs certainly fit the bill.

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Colored mason jars for centerpieces by 100 Layer Cake.

5.  Colored Mason Jars – Mason jars are fun to use for centerpieces buy painting the insides is a unique twist.  A coat of paint to the inside adds some glossy color to coordinate with the wedding colors.

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Craft: Wedding Place Card Holders

Place card holders are an important element to a wedding or any other special dinner event.  You can either purchase the holders or make your own that are custom to your taste.

I have a fun vintage craft idea using vintage spools as the base.  Spools are fairly easy to find at antique stores and flea markets so you shouldn’t have a problem coming up with enough of these to make a set of table number or wedding place card holders.

Materials Needed:

  • vintage spools
  • lace fabric
  • faux pearl garland
  • heavy gauge floral wire
  • white clay
  • mod podge
  • wood glue
  • jewelry adhesive

How To Make Wedding Place Card Holders:

Prepare vintage spool for craft project.

1.  Remove the label and any remaining thread from the wooden spool.  Use a wet cloth, Goo Gone or sandpaper to help with the areas of the label that are hard to remove.

Insert clay into the bottom section of vintage spool.
2.  To plug up the bottom of the spool, insert a small amount of clay about a half inch into the bottom of the spool.  If you are using a soft clay that needs to be baked to harden, like I did, you can simply add a coat of mod podge decoupage to the bottom of the spool to seal it.  Otherwise, use clay that will harden with the air.
Fill top of wooden spool with wood glue.
3.  Fill the vintage spool almost to the top with wood glue.  Cut a section of your floral wire, about 8 inches long, with a tin snips.  Wrap one end around a cylinder object that is about a half inch in diameter two and half times.  I used a large paint brush.  Insert the straight end into the spool until it pokes into the clay bottom and can stand straight.  Don’t let it go all the way through the clay.  The wood glue around the sides will dry hard like wood and keep the wire in place strong and secure.
Mod Podge a section of lace onto the vintage spool.

4.  Cut out a section of lace that is just a little smaller than the inside width of the spool and can wrap all the way around with about an eighth of an inch overlap.  Paint on a layer of Mod Podge onto the inside wood of the spool.  Now press the lace onto the spool with the Mod Podge holding it in place.  Apply another layer of Mod Podge over the lace to finish it.  I used a matte finish.

Glue faux beads to the top of the spool.

5.  To add some interest to the top of the spool, cut out a small section of faux pearl garland.  Make it just long enough to form a small circle at the top.  Using a quick tack jewelry adhesive, adhere the pearls to the top of the vintage spool.

Now your craft is complete and you have a vintage wedding place card holder:
A vintage inspired place card holder for a wedding.

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Wedding Invitations You Can Make Yourself

Create the feel of a vintage wedding by making invitations that set the tone of your themed wedding.  With all of the other expenses, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on invitations as well.

Another huge advantage to making your own wedding invitations is that you have the ability to customize and add your own personality to the design.  You have a lot of flexibility with the materials you choose.  Vintage papers such as craft paper, wallpaper, sheet music or old book pages make a nice background.  And, embellishments like antique buttons, stamps, fabrics and lace and plenty of style.

I have found several examples of DIY vintage wedding invitations to help inspire you.  These craft ideas along with my other Chic Wedding Crafts should get your creative juices flowing and help make your wedding a customized and affordable one.

Vintage Wedding Invitation Ideas:

Vintage wedding invitation printable DIY by ABandIG

To start off a little more simply, I found this great printable from ABandIG that you can have customized and  purchase inexpensively.  Then, you can print your invitations off on your desired paper and maybe even add an embellishment or two.

Vintage wedding invitation created by Rustic Wedding Chic

The combination of the recycled fiber paper and the vellum paper embellished with punched out edges, make a great rustic chic invitation that is also vintage inspired.  With the vellum paper looking like old lace and the tea soaked tags looking wonderfully worn, these invitations by Rustic Chic Wedding are full of warm nostalgia.

Vintage wedding invitation created by Elizabeth Anne Designs

This whole ensemble by Elizabeth Anne Designs is completely unique and uses several types of vintage embellishments.  The vellum paper sewn over the vintage wallpaper is just one great example.   Check out some of her other creative diy ideas.

Vintage wedding invitation created by Instructables

Using a combination of true vintage items, like old stamps and vintage playing cards, and materials to give an antique look, Instructables came up with a great vintage wedding invitation that looks like it is a collection straight from Grandma’s attic.

Happy Crafting!