I do not go full out and decorate for all holidays but I do enjoy decorating for Memorial Day and the 4th of July with Americana decor. The red white and blue does not fit into my everyday home decor but I have always liked the look of Americana Decor so what better way to use it then wth my seasonal decorating. I do not have the money to spend a lot on my seasonal decorating so I am always thinking about cheap and easy DIYs for the holidays. With this project I decided to upcycle an old suitcase!
I am always on the lookout for old trunks and suitcases at garage sales and my favorite vintage shops. Over the years my collection has grown larger and I have gotten more selective. This suitcase was one that was in good shape but not really vintage looking enough so I decided to repurpose into one of my 4th of July decorations.
My thought actually was to paint one side for one holiday and the other side for another… so far I have not come up with the idea for the other side. If you have any ideas I would love to hear them! Just let me know in the comments.
So grab an old suitcase, some paint, a brush and even the kids if you have them and lets get started.
4th of July Suitcase Supplies:
- Red, White and Blue Craft smart Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
- A star pattern (optional)
- Acrylic Sealer (optional)
- Krud Kutter (optional)
4th of July Suitcase Instructions:
Step 1) Clean the suitcase well with Krud Kutter or the cleaner to make sure all those years of grime are wiped away.
Step 2) Allow to thoroughly dry. The paint will not adhere proper if the suitcase is still damp.
Step 2a) This step is not required but you know me, I lightly scuffed mine with 22o grid sandpaper before I started painting.
Step 3) I just dug in painting but if you do not feel confident or are worried you can lightly draw your stripes first with a pencil. No rulers allowed for this project though! Keep it whimsical!
Step 4) I started with the blue square and then went on to the red and white stripes.
Step 5) Using a piece of white chalk I drew a star and filled it in with white paint. I did have to use several coats of white paint to go over the blue. If I did it again, I may have painted around the start with blue and then paint to star white.
Step 6) Optional: Spray with acrylic sealer for extra protection after the paint is completely dry.
Isn’t this little guy the cutest? I have thought about antiquing it up with a diluted brown acrylic paint wash, or write part of the start spangled banner on the white stripes… make this project your own!
Be sure to check out my other ideas for 4th of July Decor!
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