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Paper Suitcase Garland

With the holiday season approaching, I’ve noticed a lot of friends and family planning visits back to wherever they call home. My youngest sister is backpacking in Europe right now, but she’ll be coming home to Canada in a couples weeks. I thought this DIY suitcase garland would be a fun way to welcome her of course it would work for a going away party too! I’ve added a few Canadian accents to my party, but you could easily customize your decor to match your city or country. You could even make a few extra suitcases and use them as party favors!

Paper Suitcase Garland | Oh Happy Day! Paper Suitcase Garland | Oh Happy Day! Paper Suitcase Garland | Oh Happy Day! Paper Suitcase Garland | Oh Happy Day!

Supplies: Cardstock, washi tape, scissors, glue stick, string, alphabet stamps, ink pad

Step 1: Use this free template maker and adjust the dimensions of the “Card Box” – I made mine 7cm x 5cm x 2cm. Save the file and print. To spell “Welcome home” you’ll need 11 boxes, so if you can fit two on one page, print six sheets. Cut out all boxes.
Step 2: Use a bone folder and ruler to crease the box along the fold lines.
Step 3: Use a stamp and ink pad to stamp each letter in the center of the big rectangle.
Step 4: Glue the box together along the long thin flap.
Step 5: Fold to two end flaps in – no need to glue these, they should be nice and snug.
Step 6: Use thin washi tape (or cut wider tape) to apply two stripes around each end of the suitcase as shown.
Step 7: Fold a piece of washi tape back on itself so that you have an unsticky piece about 1 1/2″ long. Fold each end at the 1/4″ mark and apply glue to these two flaps. Attach to the top of the suitcase as the handle.
Step 8: Once finished all the suitcases, open both ends again and thread a piece of string through each box. Close the flaps so that the string is wedged into the top-back corner of the suitcase – this will make sure the garland hangs evenly.

Paper Suitcase Garland | Oh Happy Day!Paper Suitcase Garland | Oh Happy Day!

  1. maggie

    November 19, 2014

    Well, these are just the cutest things I have ever seen. May have to do this for my boo when he gets back from working out of state.

    maggie
    http://www.shopean.etsy.com

  2. Kara

    November 19, 2014

    LOVE!

  3. Sierra Burton

    November 19, 2014

    This is so cute. I have an event coming up that I really want to use it for. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Lise-Lotte Loomer

    November 19, 2014

    I just LOVE this idea. It would be fun with those stickers of place names in miniature..

    Thanks!
    Lise-Lotte

  5. Jessica

    November 19, 2014

    Such an incredible idea x

    http://www.wild-cherrytree.com

  6. Rebekah @ Ritzy Reba

    November 19, 2014

    Adorable and simple! Thank you!

  7. Monique | WritingMonique

    November 20, 2014

    So cute! I love the little details on the suitcases!

  8. Anne's Scribbles and Doodles

    November 20, 2014

    These are super duper cute! I want these in my room. I also suggest using match boxes if you’re feeling a tad bit too lazy to cut out templates. :)

    http://annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

  9. Anne-Charlotte

    November 21, 2014

    This is really cute! i love it!
    It will be on my week favourites tomorrow :)

  10. Jacqui Odell

    November 23, 2014

    This is so cute! I love how simple but elegant it is.

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