An Easy And Cute Shoe Box Craft For The Home

Create Some Cute Vintage Suitcases With Shoe Box Craft

I never seem to have enough craft storage. Especially, boxes in which to hide the little things. Instead of buying something I decided to reuse what I already had at home with this shoe box craft.
One of the best things about this shoe box craft is that I could sit and do all the doodling whilst catching up with the winter Olympics.
This craft cost me virtually nothing has I had everything already and it was very quick and simple.
The boxes look really cute on my shelves and I think I will be making some more. I might even add some labels to the boxes disguised as luggage tags.

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What you need to make shoe box craft storage

Cardboard shoe boxes

How to make Vintage Suicase shoe box craft

  1. First paint the shoe boxes white with chalk paint. You can use other white paint but I personally prefer the matt finish you get with chalk paint.
    white painted shoe boxes

  3. Before doodling onto the shoe boxes. Sketch out some designs of vintage suitcase elements. Things like the locks, corners and handles. This will give you a reference guide to refer to when doodling.
    vintage suitcase doodles.

  5. Draw the vintage suitcase doodles onto the white shoe boxes first in pencil. And then when you are happy with the design go over the pencil marks with a black sharpie.
    Pencil drawing on white shoe box
    Black sharpie doodle on shoe box

  7. With this shoe box craft, I doodled on the front,back, sides and top. Don’t worry if you make a mistake with the sharpie. You can always paint over it with more white chalk paint.
    sharpie shoe box craft doodle

shoe boxes painted like vintage suitcases
I’m really please how these shoe boxes turned out and can’t wait to make some more.
Vintage suitcase shoe box craft
Shoe box craft storage vintage suitcase style
Shoe box craft suitcase doodle
The vintage suitcase shoe boxes also blend in well with the wallpaper in my dinning room. Its bit like camoflage.
camouflage suitcase choe boxes

If you are looking for more craft storage ideas you might want to check out these DIY storage boxes with denim and stylish copper and denim craft caddy.
Vintage Map Suitcase. Or even my popular vintage map suitcase.
For other DIY craft storage ideas check out

46 Responses

  1. Excellent, as always Claire! I save shoe boxes for the kids random, last-minute school projects but this makes me want to use them myself, LOL. Visiting from Whisk It Wednesday.

    • Thank you, Victoria. They were really fun to make, I loved doodling.

  2. The suitcases are so adorable. I wish I had shelf space to try this project.

  3. These are amazing! They remind me of Paddington (the 80s TV show not the film) for some reason I can’t put my finger on. Love them x #HomeEtc

    • Now that you mention it I see the Paddington thing too. I think it was the title sequence that was a hand-drawn black and white background. Maybe that’s where I got the idea from lodged in the back of my brain from childhood. Thank you!

  4. That’s so cute and adorable, Claire!

  5. Claire this is so cute, I’m gonna see if I can get my girls on board and make it for their bookshelves.

    • Thank you, Mary. I know I always say this but these are actually fun to make. It would be fun to add some travel labels to them too.

  6. You are so resourceful and these are so cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

  7. Claire,
    What a cute idea! Love how you upcycled a shoe box into something that works so nice as decor! You’re so clever.

  8. Ah Claire, you’ve done it again. Such a brilliant idea. It looks like storage that jumped straight out of a comic book and decided to come live forever in the real world. I love how they turned out. An emoty cardboard box will never look the same again.

    • Thank you, Michelle. If you ever watched Paddington Bear the cartoon from the 1970’s it looks a bit like the title sequence which was hand drawn.

  9. That’s quite cute! I’m seriously thinking about doing this for my kids small toys!

  10. Super cute and a brilliant idea!

  11. How do you come up with these fantastic, unique and creative ideas Claire! Love these boxes!

  12. Brilliant Claire, and oh so stylish……i can certainly use a whole luggage room full of these! And truthfully they would look great in any color, especially pastels… one can really use any latex house paint that happens to be on hand, hmmm, hope to have some and give it a try. Thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    • Thank you, Sara. I’m sure any latex or chalk paint would work well.

  13. This is such a cute and unique idea! I guess I will have to start saving shoe boxes!

    • Thank you. Personally I think it’s a good idea to treat yourself to a new pair of boots.

  14. Oh, my goodness! These are so cute! I would have never thought to transform shoe boxes this way! Thanks for sharing! Feel free to share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party which goes live tomorrow at 8:00am. Hope to see you at the shindig! Have a great week ahead! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. These are so cool, they really remind me of Paddington bear , back in the day when it was the TV program (I loved Paddington) It had drawn backgrounds didn’t it? No shoe box is safe now, this seems much easier than covering them with fabric or paper and much cooler.

    • Yes it’s like Paddington cartoon of the 70’s and 80’s. Thank you. I would say it was easier than covering them with fabric or paper and definitely more fun too.

  16. Wow, these are seriously effective and really quite simple.

    Thanks for sharing x

  17. This is perfect,I love it!!

  18. These are so, so cute! I use shoe boxes to store my craft supplies but they look like, uh, shoe boxes. Yours look like something you’d buy in an etsy shop. And I love the part where if you goof you can just paint it over and fix it. I’m inspired to try!

    • Ahh, thank you, Susan. I often goof when crafting so often need a quick fix.

  19. These look lovely. Like the sort of thing that Paddington would buy from Mr Gruber’s shop 🙂

  20. My granddaughter needs lots of these to corral all of her hair and makeup supplies. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  21. Claire you must have read my mind. I have a ton of show boxes I need to make over and this is the perfect way!

    • Thank you, Mary. They are fun to make, you can even eleborate them more by drawing luggage labels.

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  24. What a neat repurpose of plain old boring shoe boxes!!! Perfect to store crafty goodies!

  25. I would never have come up with this idea and they are so cute! Thank you for sharing on Party in Your PJ’s. Pinned!

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