I'm not the guy that enjoys shopping for presents. So gift vouchers or maybe even money are presents that I tend to give a lot. But I always like to wrap it up my way or make a little side gift.
So for my little sister's birthday I created a luggage gift box. She went to Australia for a couple of months last year so I'm pretty sure she would like it.
Step 1: Material
What you would need:
- Old leather wallet (or a sheet of brown paper could do just fine)
- Piece of cardboard
Step 2: Painting the Box
I looked up some pictures of luggages and chose one I liked (1st picture).
I then painted the whole box in a similar color.
Let it dry.
After that I painted every side of the box with a brown paint that looked the same color as the leather I had. To help me I placed a piece of cardboard in the middle of the side I was painting, the cardboard was about 2cm smaller than the box on each side. I could then easily paint straight strokes.
Let it dry.
Last step to color the luggage box I took a color pencil slightly darker than the base color. I drew lines all over the suitcase to give it a 'relief' kind of look.
Step 3: Leather Corners
I used small squares of leather which I glued onto each corner. Afterwards I came up with a technique that might have been a little better, I think...
The second technique is shown on the pictures and could be done with paper as well.
- Measure with a drafting compass how big the corner must be and draw a circle on the paper.
- Fold the circle over the corner and draw a line on the side that doesn't cover the box.
- Cut out the side you marked
- Glue the remaining of the circle on the corner.
The last picture shows my box where I used a leather square instead of circle. I did not cut the leather either but stapled it together.
Step 4: Handgrip
For the handgrip I cut out a piece of cardboard 3 cm wide and about half the length of the box. I cut out a piece of leather 2 cm longer and 2 cm wider.
The leather is wrapped around the cardboard and then stapled. After that staple it on the top of the box.
I had a button left over from the change money pocket of the wallet. I glued the two pieces on the box so the luggage could be closed.
Step 5: Finish
To give it a more vintage and used look I added at the end some stickers and tags.
- Luggage airport tag of Sydney, Australie.
- Baggage name tag. Glued to pieces on cardboard. Attached it with a piece of string.
- Travel stickers of australie. I printed them on label paper and cut them out
Don't forget to add the present.