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DIY Christmas Ornament: Stuffed Suitcase Travel Memories

Today is my very first crafty post for my family travel & family life blog! I am taking part in the No Ugly Ornament 2013 series organized by My Very Educated Mother. And what should a travel blogger make for a DIY Christmas ornament?. Why, a suitcase of course!

Suitcase DIY Christmas Ornament for displaying your travel vacation memories family travel photos

I purchased two jewelry gift boxes from Michaels with the idea of using just the lids to create the suitcase DIY Christmas ornament. Michaels also had some very cute travel ribbon that was perfect to complement the suitcases. A trip to Home Depot secured my hinges and a handle (D link). I think I spent around $7 for the materials.

Suitcase Christmas Ornament Craft travel memories

First I lined up the D link ring and marked where I wanted to snip into the box so that the D link would lay flush with the edge of the box. I wanted it to be inset so the suitcase would close. I used wire snippers to snip away at the box and create the notches. Then some tacky glue was used to set the D link into the notches.

Suitcase Christmas Ornament Craft travel vacation memories

Next I had to add a magnet (I snipped this piece off an old fridge magnet) to line up with the D link on the opposite lid. This is what holds the suitcase closed, so make sure the strip of magnet is strong enough to grab the D link. After that I added the hinges in from equidistant (.25″) to the box edge. Again, I used tacky glue.

Suitcase DIY Christmas Ornament Craft travel vacation memories

Lastly were the finishing touches on my suitcase DIY Christmas ornament. Adding some travel theme ribbon around the suitcase. Then printing off 2 travel photos from recent trips to insert. The photos were about 1.25″ x 1″ and I mounted them on top of some craft foam pieces to make them pop out from the suitcase. At the last minute I added a Merry Christmas 2013, but it is poorly done. I’d like to add a ribbon to hand an touch up the Merry Christmas message. Check back soon for updated final photos. I added a custom “Family Memories Christmas 2013” tag created on PicMonkey to the bottom half of the suitcase. I’m happy to share the “Family Memories” graphic, in case you want to use it yourself.

Suitcase DIY Christmas Ornament Craft for creating vacation memories StuffedSuitcase family travel

I hope you like this DIY Christmas Ornament! It’s a great way to remember a trip or trips you took that calendar year, or even for a gift for a loved one who lives far away. If you have any questions about a step, please feel free to ask. And, if you’d like some more DIY Christmas Ornament ideas, check out the No Ugly Ornament 2013 series.

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  1. That is amazing, I totally assumed you had bought a tiny, functioning suitcase ornament somewhere and I was like, “where the heck did she get that?!” Love it!

    • Thanks so much Justine! The concept had to evolve from idea to implementation. Pretty sure I spent a few hours in Michaels and Home Depot wandering around for inspiration!

  2. I love this idea! We buy a special ornament for each of our girls every year. I love the idea of having an ornament with pictures from a special vacation. So neat! Thanks so much for linking up at #RealFamilyFun. I’m featuring this post on my social media sites on Sunday.
    Take care,

  3. Cute!!! These would make great gifts for other families/friends that travel. Just add a photo for them or leave a space for them to add one they like instead. Love this!


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