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How To Decoupage A Suitcase With Coastal Maps

For coastal chic learn how to decoupage a suitcase with coastal maps.

How To Decoupage A Suitcase With Maps.

Decoupage is the art of gluing paper cut-outs onto an object such as this suitcase.  I have been wanting to decoupage my vintage suitcase for some time now. I was looking for something coastal and found these nautical maps at the Graphics Fairy. They have beautiful maps to choose and the colors on these maps were perfect for my home.

Supplies For Coastal Chic Learn How To Decoupage A Suitcase with Maps

Supplies For Decoupage A Suitcase

  • Suitcase
  • Mod podge glue
  • Scissors
  • Nautical maps
  • Sponge application
  • Damp sponge
  • Tweezer
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Tutorial On How To Decoupage A Suitcase

Step 1: Printing the Maps

Start by printing the nautical maps with a color printer. I use Epson Stylus 688, the ink doesn’t bleed when applying glue on the printables.

Step 2: Glue application

Apply the glue on the printable with a sponge applicator. Each layer is sealed with the glue and the result looks like a painting. Make sure you pass over the printable with a damp sponge to smooth all the air bubbles. I let the paper dry on the suitcase for a few hours before I turn it over to do the other side.

TIP: Many people ask me what type of glue do I like. Typically I use Mod Podge. If the glue gets thick inside the container I have added a few teaspoons of water and it helps when I apply it on the paper.  Even though I have diluted the glue it’s still working for me.

Step 3: Lining Up The Printable.

For smaller pieces line up a new printable map to correlate with the edge of the map so it looks like one continuous map.

Step 4:

For the sides, I measured the space and it basically came to half of 8 1/2 by 11 printable.  Make sure that you cut the edges of the printable which is not usable. Apply lots of glue and smooth out with a damp cloth or a clean damp sponge.

Tutorial on How To Decoupage A Suitcase

Step 5: Hard To Reach Areas

Make sure you hands are clean. Cut small pieces of different sizes of paper for those hard to reach areas around the handle, locks, and screws. Add lots of glue and apply with a small tweezer.

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  1. henrietta says:

    What a great idea. It gives the room a vintage feel yet till contemporary.

    1. Hey Henrietta
      thanks for stopping by again.. I greatly appreciate you sweet comments and they make my day..This project was very fun and easy to make..
      Hugs Maria

  2. Hi Maria – I came by because you left such a lovely comment – what beautiful examples of how lovely old suitcases can be – especially love the one in the garden !!!

    1. I love your blog and I really glad you stopped by.. I think you entered my Fabulous Friday Link Party last week. Ill put you on my list to send a invite for the next one.. I may do one tomorrow but i have to see if i have time. Its not every week.. The old suitcase was an inspiration from seeing this one website that had some pretty designs. Thanks Maria

  3. I used to travel with my work and I should have some suitcases to try these ideas. They look so unique and good. Would have never thought about this.

    Thank you for sharing these ideas.

    1. I bet you be surprise that you have some really nice smaller pieces that you can do this.. You can also use a decorative large box as well. Thanks again for stopping by.. Maria

  4. This is such a neat idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

    1. Hey Jess, thanks for stopping by.. THe giveaway that you are running when does that end??


  5. Stopping by from Turn It Up Tuesday. Love the creativity with the luggage, especially the Luggage Herb Garden. I’m a gardener, I’ll be on the look out for the perfect piece of garden luggage.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I hope you find a perfect suitcase and create this adorable piece for your garden.. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
      Will stop by your blog and explore it. Thanks Maria

  6. What inspirational photos for using vintage luggage – one of my favorite things to do.

    1. Hi Donna .. Thanks so much in visiting my blog.. I’m glad you like the post.. Its the garden part thats very inspirational to me..When I’m outside i Get all these interesting ideas and Thats how i got this one. Maria

    1. Hey Charlie.. Glad you like my crazy suitcase idea… Its out-there in the rain and the herbs look great! I think eventually the suitcase will become part of the soil but that won’t happen for a few years. I will have to look for another suitcase then. Love your Blog, is that originally newspaper as well.

    1. Thanks so much in using my Garden Suit Case in your post.. It was a nice surprise to wake up to.. Love the post.. Its so wells done..
      Hugs Maria

  7. I’m so pinning this for inspiration at a later time just in case. I love these. I had no idea that some were luggage. Only I knew because of what the post says, but they look so beautiful in the decor of the rest of the room!

    1. Brittnei… Im so glad you are pinning this.. the more the happier I get… Love that you stopped by friend and I hope your weekend is filled with fun and laughter..

    1. I know what you mean.. it was hard for me to decide when i was doing the post..Architectural Design Blog have some really nice things.. .I got inspired to create my own with the ones i have..Thats how i came up with the garden suitcase. Thanks Maria

    1. Hey Misty I hope you get to make one some day, its really easy! It really nice that you stopped by.. I love to meet new people and its such a nice feeling.
      Keep in touch.. Maria

    1. So happy you visited my blog with your lovely comments.. I would love to share something of my with “designs this time”. Can you give some details.. here is my email
      Hugs Maria

  8. I absolutely love this design idea! Vintage suitcases are wonderful,,,hatboxes too!

    1. Not enought time to do all this work.. I work 30 hour in business which is not related to decor and its very hard to fit all this in.. But i love meeting people and wish I could do this full time.. Hopefully some day. Hugs Maria

  9. Great blog! You can bet I will continue to stop by. Thank you for checking out Ravishing in Plaid. Really wish I could have participated in the Friday Party. xx Brittany

    1. You are always welcome to stop by and leave me a comment and I will stop by your blog.. later.. It looks like a great stylish blog that I will enjoy to read.

  10. Great blog! You can bet I will continue to stop by. Thank you for checking out Ravishing in Plaid…I wish I could participated in the Friday Party. xx Brittany

    1. Kimberly I hit the jack pot with all this loving for my Garden Suitcase.. You gals are just wonderful

    1. You rock and Im in love with your blog party.. you have made me a happy camper today.. for loving my garden suitcase post


    1. OOOOHHHHH so happy you stopped by to send me some love for the project Garden Suitcase
      Sending love back Maria

    1. I really loving your party and all the attention I am getting for the project i created with a suitcase.

    1. Thanks for featuring my Garden Suitcase.. Im just so touched with all the attention I am getting for this suitcase. Its been so much fun.. Love your blog as well..

    1. Good Morning..Hope you are well and I just want to thank you for liking my garden suitcase.. Have a great week Maria

    1. Gardens projects are lots of fun to make and I was thilled that you featured min… Maria

  11. Fun ideas! Thanks for sharing your post on The HomeAcre Hop! I hope you’ll stop by again today ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. What a great name for your blog… I love hops and Im going to have one tomorrow so ill send your an invite.
      Thanks Maria

    1. OOOOOh!What a great post! Thanks for linking up your fabulous stuff. So many great posts to read and later on today I’m going to sit down with a cup of tea and explore everything! Maria

  12. I love how this turned out Maria and the fact that you left some of the old suitcase exposed adds to its charm. Beautiful idea

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