September 9, 2013

A Suitcase Transformed Into A Display Case

This was was so fun, I needed a display case for the flower pins I'm making for the Fancy Flea, a show I'm doing November 2, 2013


I decided to use a suitcase (Or maybe it was a tool box) I bought at the thrift store a while back


It was all wood with a gorgeous handle lol! 


And a great price...When I saw it, I knew I couldn't pass it up..I would find some use for it...


...Ah, a display case for my flower pins!

I cleaned it up, painted it with grey homemade chalk paint and stenciled "French Boutique" on the side


Then I wrapped ruffled torn muslin and ribbon over that gorgeous handle 


And covered the inside with vintage look tissue paper.  Now, I did a little math (Yuk) to get the right spacing and used self drilling screws for hanging my flower pins


But wait, if I set this on a table it would take up a lot of space.  So, I decided to put legs on it.  I used legs discarded from a previous project and attached them with leg plates from the hardware store.  I don't know what the plates are called, I just know you attach them on the bottom and then you can screw the legs on.


The legs fit right in the case...How cool is that for traveling!

Now I have the perfect traveling display case





The suitcase will be filled with flower pins....I've been busy making more


I think they look so shabby cute and feminine on jackets and shirts


I'll be selling them at the Fancy Flea for $10 a piece


For those of you that make jewelry, something similar to this would be a great jewelry display case!

Ok, I'm off working on more Fancy Flea projects...I'll be back soon!
  
Happy Creating
Carol

Partying with Crafty Goodies

60 comments:

Trisha said...

Love the case and I especially love what the case holds. I want a flower in every color!

~Trisha

sharon's shabby creations said...

Wow amazing!!!!!!!

Hugs Sharon

Ann said...

your flowers are gorgeous!!
i adore the case...it's perfect!!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Oh I like those pins...on a denim jacket...so perfect...and the display is so cute!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is such a great idea...and I love all of your beautiful goodies...

Gina said...

That is such a genius idea, Carol! I'm impressed that the legs fit in the case too. It looks great and it displays those beautiful pins perfectly.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Brilliant! Such a great idea and it works so good for you, Carol! I love your flower pins, too. They are so pretty.

Feral Turtle said...

What a beautiful display table. When you are done your craft sales, you could even use it as an end table. Love your flower pins. Simply gorgeous!

sissie said...

I love the idea of using the suitcase to display your beautiful flower pins! Adding the legs makes you a genius!!!

hugs
Sissie

Debra Ganas said...

You never cease to amaze me with beautiful creations and ideas. Love the suitcase and the roses.
Debra

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The box is just perfect! Of course, I'm ooohhing and aaahhhing over the flower pins! They are gorgeous! They really would be perfect on a jean jacket or to hold a scarf together! I love them!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Wow! You're so inspiring, Carol!

Lorena Wheeler said...

Carol!
Just stunning, YOU ARE so creative! I always admire your creations and those pins are just darling and will sell in a rush I am sure!

Be Blessed!
Lorena

debi said...

What a beautiful transformation, and such a creative use. And your flower pins are Gorgeous!!

Donna said...

What a great idea, Carol! I love the color you painted it, and your pins are just gorgeous! And your handle looks oh so much better!!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

You sure are a clever one! That turned out so well for a display case and the fact you can pack it up for traveling is a double benefit! Nancy

Marilyn said...

I'm so lucky to know a genius! WOW! They are all so pretty in their display case! And legs, too! I really don't like using exclamation marks, but they NEED to be here!♥♫

Melodee said...

love love love the display case! soooo, for those of us 3,000 miles away from your show.....will you be selling this in your shop online? I just adore the flowers! soooooo gorgeous!

Createology said...

Fabulous transformation. I love how you added the legs for free-standing capability. Your pins are gorgeous. Fancy Flea will be yours dear...

marda said...

What a fantastic display you've created.. and the flowers pins are just lovely. I bet you sell out.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love your shabby suit case!
Like a Junkin' Trunk!!! lol...
those shabby pins are lovely. I also like the way you dressed up that "industrial" handle. :)

Pat

Betty said...

That is a beautiful idea and the flowers are so pretty.

NanaDiana said...

Well, that is the cutest traveling French Boutique I ever saw. Darling idea, Carol. I love it- xo Diana

vintage grey said...

So beautiful and your flower pins are gorgeous!! xo Heather

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Love this, and your flowers, too. I wanted to revamp one of my vintage suitcases for my recent show but just didn't have the time to do it. It's perfect!

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Surely you are amazing : you create lovely and delicate treasures with lace and silk, and moreover, you can be a clever hand worker ! Congratulations for your "valise aux merveilles" !!!

I love your display so so nice.

xoxo from PARIS

Joëlle

Ana Lopes said...

All so beautiful! Fabulous photos and amazing flowers! Thanks for sharing!
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,

Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love that display--I have attached legs to a suitcase before too. Your flowers look fantastic! I can't believe how many you have made!

Nicole Furney said...

Genius & lovely! The pins are gorgeous as well :)

Sisters Treasures said...

What a great idea. I've used suitcases for display before but I agree that putting them on a table takes up too much room. Putting removable legs on them was a brilliant idea!
As always, I love your blog!
Betsy

Debbie said...

Loved it before the legs, and I love it even more with them. That was inspired! I giggled at the math part. I hate to do stuff like that. It disturbs the blond parts of my hair.

I have been catching up this morning with you, and I love those baskets too!!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Another genius project. I love that you put legs on that great display case. I haven't mastered how to make those pins yet. I'm still working on them.

Vintage Crab said...

I sell jewelry and the wheels are turning now on how to convert the idea. Thanks, it's pure genius!

mizdarlin said...

This may sound like an odd question, but living in the back of beyond in Canada means never seeing any of the crafty items all you talented women get to use...
I was wondering if you would reveal your source for that vintage printed tissue paper..I've tried printing my own on the thinnest paper I could find..but no, it just is too thick for any sort of decoupage-type project *sigh*
Perhaps if I could get in touch with a source, they'd take pity on me and do a mail order...
Your project, as usual, if fabulous, and your flowers are wonderful!

Tonya said...

You did a wonderful job transforming the box! The flowers are beautiful. Your creative talent is an inspiration to us all.....thank you!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Soooo perfect! What a winner....but what else, my dear???!!! I am enjoying your journey to the Flea vicariously. Hope you don't mind. It's such fun!

Kathy said...

Love the display case, love the pins, love everything about this project!!

Claudia Tyler said...

I never cease to be amazed at your creativity! What a fabulous idea. This will be just the thing for me to use at the next show I am doing and I have a old case just waiting for a re-do. You are an inspiration to me for sure! I get excited every time I see a new post from you!
Be well!

Nancy said...

WOW! There is too much Creativity going on here! I would love to know when your Book will be out Carol. Your Talents and Inspiration never cease anyone and all the hardwork you put into making everything perfect and beautiful!! You are Orlando's hidden talent that the world should know about and you to prosper!!

Huggs,
Nancy

Angela Kennedy said...

What an awesome idea! I have a couple of those boxes! yours looks beautiful!

Cynthia said...

This is incredible, I am in love with what you did. It makes for a beautiful display and you can use this for so many other things! Great job and your pins are so lovely.

Cynthia

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You are just too darn clever. What a great idea to put the long legs on it to save table space. I'm sure you'll be coming home with an empty case.

Ros Crawford said...

Oh Terrific ... I so wish I could be there to see everything ...

FredaB said...

This was a great idea and putting the legs on it is over the top.

We are hoping to be back in Mt. dora mid Oct. so will try and make it. I need one of those beautiful flowers.

Hugs
FredaB

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

What a transformation!! I think you did a lovely job. Love it.

Lady Pamela said...

Absolutely ingenious. It looks so great and is practical. Love your flowers, too.
*Smiles*

Marlynne said...

You are so clever! Love your idea and flowers too!

Ginger Knox said...

Another fabulous creation. I love your display case and the legs...genius. I know you must hear that all the time and it is deserved. Your flowers are gorgeous. You must be making flowers in your sleep.
BTW, I believe the box was an artist's box for paints and supplies. I have had several over the years and this looks much like the ones I have had.
xoGinger

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Hi Dear Carol ! You can't imagine how I love your French projects ! I am so so flatted that you and so many people could love and create so beautiful things with a French inspiration ! So thank you for this pleasure.

xoxo from PARIS sous la pluie !

Joëlle

must love junk said...

What a perfect display!! Love it :)
Susan

Connie Mercer said...

what a great re-purpose on the suitcase!! The pins are awesome too!!!Would love for you to link up on my blog ~ gone junkin friday
http://www.craftygoodies.com/2013/09/gone-junkin-fridaylink-up.html

Heart Vintage Design said...

I love the way the case hold the legs!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

They are awesome and so is the case with legs!!! Perfect!

Jann Olson said...

Carol, the case turned out darling. I love the legs and the wrapped handle! Your pins are so cute and I bet they fly out of there.
hugs,
Jann

A Paris Flea said...

OMG Carol...I live clear across the country and I bought the twin handled suitcase, LOL. Love what you did with this...great display pieces always show a little leg!!! Mickie

Debbie J. said...

Looks great - very clever

Trisha said...

Love the suitcase display case. Don't think you could have displayed your items in anything prettier.
Have a Blessed day, Trisha

June said...

Oh, how I love this case! It is so perfect for a show or even as a display in your booth. Again, you have managed to inspire and amaze!

April Coker said...

What a great idea to display your wares! Will you be offering these for sale to your readers? They are so cute!

Connie said...

Hi Carol, These are gorgeous.
I love all of your genius ideas for doing displays, too.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)