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Suitcase Style Shopping Box

Required tools and supplies:

  • X-acto knife and fresh blade
  • A 1/16" paper hole punch, but not a requirement
  • A thin metal straight-edge ruler. Make fold lines by pressing against edge of the ruler.
  • Tweezers
  • Cutting mat
  • Detailing scissors (embroidery snips)
  • Fast-grab, quick-dry white craft glue that dries clear
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to use as a glue pot
  • Small artist's paint brush to apply glue
  • toothpick

1.  Cut out all the suitcase pieces.  Fold the two main pieces at logical joints. Use the metal straight-edge ruler to make folds.

2.  Start with the suitcase lid. That is the piece that does not have printed on it "Glue Here". Paint glue to the printed side of the two corner tabs. For future reference, there will be four corner tabs on the bottom piece of the suitcase.

3.  Affix the tabs to the respective inner blank surface to create corners of suitcase. Use a pair of tweezers to squeeze a neat flat bond at each corner tab.

4.  Three of the sides of this half of the suitcase have panels that will be folded down to the interior to create lining. Fold the panels outwardly for easy access. Paint glue to the blank surfaces.

5. Press the lining panels down and press for a good flat bond. At this point, please crease the loose panel well in both directions. This will help to make the suitcase close fully when you have completed the assembly.

6.  If you have a 1/16" paper hole punch, punch a hole at each end of the white oval area where the handle will be.

7.  Use your tiny snip scissors to cut out the remaining white area. Having the holes cut at each end makes it so much easier to cut out a nice neat handle hole.

8. Take the bottom of the suitcase and repeat steps 2 through 5, although there will be 4 tabs and lining panels for this half.

9. Glue all four side lining panels into place.

10.  Use the 1/16" paper hole punch to cut the two handle holes.

11.  Slip the lid over the suitcase bottom. Make sure that they fit together well and are straight with each other. The back flap should be positioned so that you can access the blank surface. Paint a coating of glue to the flap's blank surface. Press against the suitcase side that states in print "Glue Here".  Assure that the bond is smooth and flat.

12. Allow all to dry before continuing.

13. Cut a length of ribbon  and use the toothpick to thread it through the two holes found on the bottom half of the suitcase. Let the handle stand up about 3/8".

14.  You may tie the ends, or place a glob of glue to the inside entrance area of the ribbon. Make sure the glob comes in contact with the ribbon. Do to each ribbon end and hole. When glue has dried thoroughly, snip the ribbon ends up close to the suitcase handle holes.

15. Take the two rectangular lining panels and glue to the respective inner blank surface.

16. Close the suitcase. If you are unable to thread the handle through the long slit with short finger nails, use the toothpick to pick it through the slit.
Paper Minis™ Miniatures
Front Royal, Virginia
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