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10 Best Repurposed Vintage Suitcase DIYs

Vintage suitcases have so many uses. These 10 great DIY tutorials have you covered from the obvious travel and storage, to a new bed for your pet, to new shelf space for your living room. I can’t wait to try one this week!

Floral suitcase tutorial from A Beautiful Mess

1. Great quick and easy tutorial from the awesome blog A Beautiful Mess.

Picnic basket made from vintage suitcase tutorial from funkytime.

2. Repurposed vintage suitcase as fun retro picnic basket tutorial from funkytime.

Red Hen Home DIY for vintage suitcase shelving.

3. Repurposed vintage suitcases as shelves tutorial from Red Hen Home.

Soft and comfy chair from vintage suitcase DIY from see kate sew

4. Repurposed vintage suitcase as soft and cozy chair tutorial from see kate sew.

Beautiful revamped dresser with vintage suitcases from The Painted Home

5. Dresser drawers replaced with vintage suitcases from The Painted Home.

Beautiful vintage suitcase dog bed tutorial from mox & fodder

6. Super quick and easy dog bed tutorial from a vintage suitcase from mox & fodder.

Functional storage table from vintage suitcase DIY from Good Housekeeping

7. Functional vintage suitcase table tutorial from Good Housekeeping.

Vintage cosmetic case turned docking station tutorial from Design Sponge

8. Vintage traincase docking station tutorial from Design Sponge.

Vintage chic suitcase nightstand from Cupcakes and Cashmere

9. Soft and pretty stacked vintage suitcase nightstand from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Bathroom vanity from vintage suitcase tutorial from Design Sponge

10. Vintage suitcase vanity and towel holder DIY from Design Sponge.

We have a great selection of vintage suitcases for $20+ at Blue Hawaii Vintage. Stop by our store or email for details so you can get working on one of these tutorials ASAP!

Posted on by Meghan Gerrity

DIY Beehive Take One

I’m going to a wedding with the hubby tonight and needed an updo that wouldn’t move in today’s brisk winds. I was inspired by the beehive that I got earlier in the week and used this amazing tutorial by Johnny Lavoy on how to create a 60s bouffant in minutes. It really worked.  After I dried my hair, it literally took 5 minutes to create and it’s lasted all day. Johnny’s tutorial is the easiest I’ve found (after hours of searching) and it’s really doable by yourself.

DIY Beehive Front View

I added a little glam to my look by adding a silver headband I picked up at Harmon’s for $2 (Side-note – you can use your Bed Bath and Beyond coupons at Harmon’s Face Values and you can use one coupon for each item you purchase. Saved me a bundle!). They had tons to choose from. Another option would be to make a DIY headband from sparkly trim as seen in this post.

Vintage heels (40s from Etsy), earrings (60s from Nana) and necklace (20s from my great-Nana). Dress is Anthropologie circa 2008 and tights are DKNY.

To get the look, I blow dried my hair until it was completely dry. Then I sectioned my hair like the tutorial. I made a high pony out of the back half of my hair, and made that into the base of the hairstyle by teasing it with a boar bristle brush and pinning it into place. Lastly I went crazy teasing with the boar bristle brush (from Harmon’s) on the front half of my hair and pinned it back against the base to create height and shape it the way I wanted.  I left it a little messy, but did brush the front slightly smooth so there weren’t any fly aways.

Side profile showing height and shape of DIY Beehive...buzzz.....

I would definitely recommend the video tutorial to anyone looking for a quick and easy way to get glam for the night.  I’ve been getting so many compliments in the store today, so I think my first DIY try was a success!  If you do try the beehive yourself, definitely share your pics on our facebook page here. We’d love to see how it worked for you! Sorry my pics are fuzzy, I think the 7am photoshoot was a little to early for my hubby this morning :)

View from the back. Messy but polished.