How to Make a Suitcase Out of Cardboard

by Alexis Rohlin

Make your own suitcase out of a cardboard cereal box to store your favorite travel games, books, playing cards or art supplies. Create fastening straps for the box with matching ribbon and magnetic strips. Cover it with decorative paper in your favorite colors. Make a carry-along cardboard suitcase to use on trips or make one to give away as a gift.

Items you will need

  • Empty cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Decoupage paste
  • Decorative paper
  • Sturdy cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • 1-inch ribbon
  • Magnet strips
  • Hot glue gun
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Step 1

Cut along the bottom, right and top folds of the front of the cereal box. Leave the left side still attached to the box as that is the hinge for the suitcase.

Step 2

Cut two 2-inch-by-1/2-inch slots out of the right side panel of the cereal box. Space the slots 1 inch away from the center line of the right side panel.

Step 3

Apply an even layer of decoupage paste to the outside of the box, one panel at a time. Place decorative paper onto the paste and smooth it out with your hands to remove any air bubbles.

Step 4

Cut a 5-inch-by-1/2-inch-long strip of sturdy cardboard. Apply an even layer of decoupage paste onto the strip, then cover it with the decorative paper.

Step 5

Bend the strip and insert the ends into the two slots you cut on the right panel of the box. Fold the ends up against the right panel and tape them in place with duct tape.

Step 6

Cut two pieces of 1-inch ribbon to fit around the box to create fastening straps for the suitcase. Cut two 1-inch-long pairs of magnet strips. Glue them onto the ends of the ribbon with hot glue.