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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.


  2. Kara

    November 19, 2014


  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..


  5. Jessica

    November 19, 2014

    Such an incredible idea x

  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. 🙂

  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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