This past year has been a whirlwind of activity for us. We became full time RV’ers in April and spent quite a bit of the year in Maine, along the east coast, and now in Florida. While in Maine, I looked for a fun Christmas ornament that would represent our time there and never really could find something that truly fit. So, why not make my own?
With the help of my new HP Deskjet 3632 All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner, I created a fun miniature vintage suitcase full of some of my favorite photos and tiny trinkets from our year of traveling. This project is so simple to do and is a perfect way to capture the memories from the past year!
Want to know how to make one of your own?
Let’s start with the photos…
Being on the road, I found it necessary to own a copier/scanner/printer, and discovered the HP Deskjet 3632 at Walmart. What drew me to it was the fact that you can easily print photos from your smart phone or tablet using the wifi network in your home!
To create the tiny photos for this tutorial, you can use either WORD or Powerpoint to load your selected photos onto one page and adjust them to the size you would like.
My photos measured approximately 1″ x 3/4″. Print out the page of tiny photos and you are ready to begin!
For this project I used:
1 (4″ x 3″ x 2″) Paper Mache Box
Assorted small wood pieces
Tiny printed photos (approximately 1″ x 3/4″)
Matte Mod Podge
Gold acrylic paint
Begin by measuring 1″ from the bottom of the box and using a craft knife, cutting the box along the marking to make the box 1″ tall.
Cut two strips of sandpaper about 3.75″ long by 1″ wide to use as hinges. Use the craft knife to cut off the back side of the lid.
Using hot glue, glue the sandpaper along the cut edge of the top, attaching it to the bottom of the box.
Glue the other sandpaper piece to the back of the box as shown. Cut two long strips of brown felt, about 3/8″ wide. Using hot glue, glue them in place as shown.
Cut a small strip of felt (3/8″ x 1.5″). Glue in place as the handle. Cut pieces of scrapbooking paper to fit the inside of the box.
Use Matte Mod Podge to glue the paper in place.
To help create a few different levels for interest, use a few small wood pieces to create a shelf. Glue in place.
Cover with scrapbooking paper. Glue another piece of wood in as shown to create another layer and cover with scrapbooking paper. Add tiny beads to the handle of the suitcase.
Now begin to assemble all the miniatures that you would like to use. Try to find miniatures that best fit the memories that you would like to save from your year. In our case, I chose miniatures of trees, deer and lobster; things that remind me of our travels this past year.
Cut out all the miniature photos, leaving a tiny white space around the edges. Use a dab of hot glue to glue them in place. (Do not use Mod Podge over your printed photos).
Final details included using gold acrylic paint to the beads and corners of the suitcase, tiny miniature snowflakes, and painting the deer, adding the year 2015.
You can save any of your memories from the year in this tiny little suitcase!
To display, either punch a hole into the top lip of the suitcase and hang from your Christmas tree, or display sitting out on a table for all to enjoy.
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