f1is011b ~ Gifts for Ladies
Suitcase Style Shopping Box
Required tools and
X-acto knife and fresh
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.
white craft glue that dries clear
Small piece of aluminum
foil to use as a glue pot
Small artist's paint brush to
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
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
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
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.