Thursday, November 29, 2012

DIY Gift Idea & Tutorial: Make a Magic Suitcase!

Magic Suitcase DIY

Henry's  very lucky to have a lot of special people in his life- three sets of grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends who are like family- but there isn't quite anyone like Erin. Erin and I have been friends forever. We went to the same junior high and high school, and although I knew her brother (he was in the sports medicine program and wrapped my ankle before every soccer game!) she and I never had the chance to really connect. After high school though, we finally got a chance to know one another and I fell in total friend love with the girl. Now she's been one of my closest friends for over a decade, a bridesmaid in our wedding, a dear friend of Hanks, and an auntie to Henry.

Erin is one of "those" women, the kind of woman that everyone always has questions for: where did you get that? How did you do that? And the most common- did you REALLY make that? The answer to the last question, when talking about Erin, is always, always yes. She's insanely talented at what she does, which is everything. She's a true Martha, a crafter extraordinaire, and although I've been bugging her for years to start a blog, all of her creations never see the light of the blog world. Instead, her friends and family get to quietly enjoy them as she often showers her loved ones with the most amazing presents. She's not just the most creative person I know, but one of the most giving too.

And today Erin is here to share a tutorial on what has to be the GREATEST child's gift I've ever seen. And lucky Henry, it's all his!

It's a magic case, filled with children's costumes, and Erin is here to give us the background on her wonderful creation.

This gift made me cry. Henry's Aunt @erinjpeters hand painted this vintage suitcase and filled it with costumes. Amazing, right? Henry is so lucky to have such wonderful people in his life. Love you Er- you're the most thoughtful, creative person I know.

For this project you'll need:

Vintage suitcase (use one that has flat, paintable surfaces)
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Paint markers
Chalk

Step 1: Form a plan for how you would like to paint the front of your suitcase


Step 2: Throw out half of step 1 and form a new simplified version for the sake of sleep. I printed the lettering out and using a lightbox, traced it onto the banner to make sure it would read nicely.


I used chalk to sketch out the design on the suitcase and printed the letters from the day before in scale with the new banner. After trying endlessly to redraw the hands I decided to scan my drawing, colorize them in photoshop and print them out.


Next, using paint pens and acrylic paint I painted the chalked image onto the suitcase. While the paint on the crystal ball was wet I sprinkled glitter on it.


Step 3: fill with costumes and fun hats! Anything that will get a child's imagination going. You do not have to spend money on this - think old dress shirt and ties, robes, dresses you don't wear...kids love it all!

Magic Suitcase DIY
Magic Suitcase DIY
Magic Suitcase DIY

Now if you will, please join me in BEGGING Erin to start a DIY/Craft blog. The world wide web could use some fresh ideas from Ms. Peters, wouldn't you agree?

Thank you EP for sharing. And to everyone else, happy DIY-ing and gifting! Please let us know if you decide to make a magic case of your own, and be sure to send photos so I can share them in a future post. And if you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comments, and I'll pass them along to Erin.

xoxo


22 comments:

  1. Totally amazing! Thank you so much!! And... go Erin go!!!! :)

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  2. Erin you creative genius, Start blogging!

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  3. I was JUST thinking about how I was going to wrap my daughters new dress up clothes! Brilliant!!! Doing this!! Plus I got a coupon for the craft store, perfect!

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  4. Also, Erin, PLEASE start a craft blog!!!

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  5. I am making/getting all sorts of dress up clothes for my daughter for Christmas this year and I have been trying to come up with a storage solution for them all. A suit case would work beautifully!

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  6. This is amazing, I had my daughter's dress-ups in an old suitcase for years, and I have already started one for my son. But I never thought to decorate it. Do you know if it makes a different as to what the suitcase is make out of?

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  7. This is the best idea ever. LOVE IT x

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  8. So creative. So perfect. Lucky Henry, luck you. Erin should totally start sharing her brilliance with the world.

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  9. Amazing idea! Let us know when her blog arrives!

    Bettina @ http://littleoldsouls.blogspot.com

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  10. I just showed this to my husband as he was running around getting ready for work and his reply was "wow that's awesome. I want to do that for our kids-make ordinary stuff magical". Sigh...

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  11. this is the best DIY present i have ever seen!

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  12. The idea seems to be very creative and all the designs you show for DIY are really inspiring for people like me to do such things.
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  13. This is the cutest thing ever!! My drawing skills would never allow me to recreate it, but I would def try to commission a more talented friend to help....

    Strive to Thrive,
    Nic
    www.Thriving-Wives.com

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  14. I agree with you - that is amazing! I mean, to come up with the idea of putting together such a suitcase is incredible in itself, but how she put this idea into reality - I'm blown away. :) Henry is lucky indeed.

    Have a great weekend. xo.

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  15. Erin should completely begin discussing her elegance with the globe.

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  16. This is wonderful, and yes, she should absolutely start a blog.

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  17. I love this idea! My four year old son literally wears a costume almost every day! I'm definitely putting this on my 'to make for Christmas' list! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. That is so stinking adorable, how wonderful is she. I want one for me!

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  19. Gosh, this is awesome! I wish I was that creative

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  20. This is a nice project. I think I would try doing this too. I hope it wont be hard to do.

    Canvas Prints

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