How to Make a Duct Tape Suitcase

If you’re in love with vintage suitcases like I am, you will love this How to Make a Duct Tape Suitcase tutorial. I pick suitcases up at the ghetto Goodwill for $1-$2, and then fix them up. The entire cost of this project was $10, and it took less than an hour! I think making this suitcase was even easier than the Duck Tape Flower Pens and boots that I made a while back.

How to Make a Duct Tape Suitcase

How to Make a Duct Tape Suitcase


For this project, you will need:

  • Duck Tape (I used nearly 2 rolls)
  • Razor Knife
  • Hard Suitcase

    Note: I suggest using a razor knife or box cutter because scissors just don’t do the trick. Also, a hard suitcase works best. Cloth is harder to work with.

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    You don’t even have to clean the suitcase up, really. Just grab it and start covering it in duck tape. You can do it methodically, in straight lines, etc – or you can go crazy and just have a combination of little and big pieces all over the place.

    How to Make a Duct Tape Suitcase

    A cute model to help hold your suitcase helps. :)

    How to Make a Duct Tape Suitcase

    I used peace sign duck tape. However, there are several other styles of duck tape that you may want to try:

  • Mustache Design
  • Glow in the dark Zebra Pattern
  • Pastel Butterfly Design
  • Justin Bieber Print
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Spongebob Square Pants
  • Pink Leopard Print
  • Cupcake Print

    How to Make a Duct Tape Suitcase

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    How to Make a Duct Tape Suitcase

    I simply covered the suitcase with strips of duck tape, horizontally. There were a few spots that I missed, so I just cut the duck tape up and covered those spots. This project was so easy! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

    Email me your photos and I’ll add them to this post! slapdashmom@gmail.com

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    *Personally, I call it Duck Tape because that is the brand I use, but for search purposes I’m calling it “duct tape”.

  • Comments

    1. Sherry J says:

      This is awesome,thanks for sharing.

    2. Stephanie Thompson says:

      That is an awesome idea! The one you made is just the style I would have used. I already have the suitcases to do this to. :)

    3. Aww I love love love it. I never think of those cute things.
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    4. I LOVE IT! Seems like a great way to make an old, falling apart suitcase into something new! My family did something like once when we were kids – we just took a sharpy and started drawing on the suitcase afterwards too :)
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    5. I like the idea of the Duct tape suitcase very unique.

    6. Ari says:

      I have an old suitcase exactly like the one you used! What a neat idea! It’s great because besides the wear of the plastic cover, the suit case is still sturdy enough to keep using, so making it trendy with the Duck Tape print helps to cover the wear and make a unique (and easily identifiable) suitcase for the travels. And Justin Bieber Duck Tape? Wow.

    7. Very cute idea! What a fun way to add storage for the kids!
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    8. Peg says:

      What a cute way to make an old suitcase look trendy! I’ve seen the fancy new duct tape in craft stores but I haven’t done a project with it yet.

    9. Emily says:

      This is seriously one of the cutest crafty upcycles I’ve seen it a long time! I’m going to look for a suitcase at my local goodwill and try to make one myself.

      Thanks for sharing!

    10. What a fun idea, to jazz up an old suitcase!! Plus that is pretty awesome duct tape :-D!

    11. Good idea! We made Halloween Monster in October using Duck Tape brand Duct tape. I am not very crafty but crafting with Duck/Duct Tape is so easy!
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    12. We just snagged a small hardcase suitcase for the kids from our local thrift shop and I was wondering what to do with it. This would definitely brighten it up!
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    13. What a cool idea! I love the awesome duct tape they have out there now. Beats the plain silver any day!

    14. awesome!
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    15. What a great idea. And so cute. Thanks for sharing. I saw it at the Happy Hour Project link party. Have a great day.

    16. Laura says:

      I love this!

      What do you do with the inside? If the lining is real dirty or damaged?
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      • SlapDashMom says:

        If the inside is gross I rip everything out and paint it. :) Or you could rip it all out and put new fabric down even.

    17. This is one of the niftiest ideas I’ve seen in a long time!

      There are so many adorable duct tapes on the market now, too!

      and I always see these suitcases at garage sales!

      Love, love, love this idea!

      Thank you for sharing it!

      And thanks for linking to Alphabe-Thursday!

      A+++
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    18. Angel says:

      This would work perfect for my hubby’s ugly 70’s snake skin plastic rifle case!! That thing is hideous!! Hello ACU duct tape!!

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