Tannenbaum Traveler: Vintage-Style Luggage Ornaments

Tannenbaum Traveler: Vintage-Style Luggage Ornaments

Vintage luggage covered in international travel stickers is about iconic as it gets for me- at least in my dreamy, old-movie imagination.

And in the spirit of Christmas-ornament-making during this time of year, I decided to create my own vintage suitcases that could be hung on my tree.

I’m an Altoid fan- the green spearmint ones are my favorite- and the tins are the perfect size and shape for a suitcase ornament! So I hit up my local fabric store and raided the remnants section (they were 75% off!) and the clearance bolts (50% off!) and found swatches of microfiber and upholstery fabric that were very luggage-y. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The makings of the cutest suitcases you’ve ever seen…

Covering the tins in fabric is easy once you know the corner the trick. And the hot glue gun is your BFF for this project.

To start, cut a rectangle of fabric out (larger than tin) and hot glue the tin to the fabric. Then, trim all four edges so that the ends cover at least half of the tin.

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now that all the mints are gone…let’s repurpose the tin!

Roughly, you’ll likely end up with rectangles that are 4¾”  X 3½” and you can trim further from there, if need be.

Then, make snips (8 in total) at each corner of the fabric like so.

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Little snips, right where the straight edges begin their turn.

Hot glue the flaps along each straight edge of the tin.

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See where I’m going with this?

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Flip-side view…

Fold the corner tab over and trim the tip so that it has a straight edge in line with the already-glued flaps. Then hot glue the corner tabs into place.

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Nice and smooth…no bunching.

Do the same on the other side of the tin, and it’ll be covered quite delightfully.

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Boom! Covered.

Now the fun part- embellishments!

I like to add “straps” to my little suitcase with ribbon, adding some slack at the top for a handle.

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Simple ribbon straps and “handle”…

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

AND the ribbon covers up the seams! Bonus.

But the best part?? The itty-bitty travel labels!! And I know what you’re thinking- where on Earth did I find those? Well, I found them on Etsy! This is the downloadable set that I purchased and printed for myself.

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh my gosh, the cuteness!!

And the finished product? PURE LOVE. When you weren’t looking, I went ahead and made a few others. Now I can’t decide which one is my favorite!

DIY vintage suitcase luggage Christmas ornaments with a repurposed and upcycled Altoids tin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

On a Cute Scale from 1-10…this is an 11.

This is the perfect gift for a traveling friend, an ornament exchange party, or something to do at a craft party! Now, what else can I turn into mini-luggage?

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. OMG these are so stinkin’ cute! Thanks for the corner trick.

  2. These are so cute and very creative!! Happy Thanksgiving!! xo Holly

  3. This is so totally adorable!! I now want about a million of them!

  4. Awww, these are the cutest!! They could easily drive me into an obsession with all things mini. 🙂 Thanks SO much for coming & sharing at Found & Foraged! xo, Laura

  5. I love this and tried to pin it but Pinterest says there are no images that can be pinned. I wonder if you are aware of this. Love the project.

  6. Thanks for sharing this adorable ornament. I’ve been buying altoids just for the tins

  7. that is adorable! i love these types of suitcases and the travel dreams they inspire, too. i got one of those delicate type ones from target last year, and i love it. hopefully it’ll stay in one piece.
    b

  8. These are the cutest things! How clever are you!! thanks for sharing the fun idea. I’m pinning.

  9. Absolutely adorable! Pinning this cute idea – thanks for linking it up at Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do!

  10. distresseddonna says:

    Loving and pinning this adorable ornaments. Thank you for sharing at Make It Monday.

  11. Absolutely adorable and CLEVER!!

  12. OMG, how insanely cute! They are so adorable. You’re so clever. Thank you for sharing and linking up to Scraptastic Saturdays. This post has been shared via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a wonderful week.

  13. This is such a cute idea!

    Thanks for coming and linking up at our Happy Holidays Link Party. We’d love to see you back next week starting Saturdays @7pm ET on The Midnight Baker from now until Christmas!
    Judy@ http://www.bakeatmidnite.com

  14. I adore these! The Altoids tins were just so amazingly clever. I’m featuring them tonight on Merry Monday which goes live at 9pm EST. Hope to see you there and congrats!

  15. Adorable! Oh my goodness, I love this! What a fun way to have happy travel memories on the tree, as well. So cute. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

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