Vintage Suitcase Turned Garden Planter



*Pardon the poor quality of these photos – I realized much too late that my camera was set to the lowest resolution.  Like super, super low.  Doh! *


Spring has officially (officially!) sprung in Michigan. Forget the groundhog. The undeniable, 100% veritable sign of spring is when Mike D bids farewell to his ceremonious winter beard.


Shout it out! The beard has been stripped!


The sun is shining, the windows are open, and the spring cleaning has begun.  No closet or drawer is safe from my reign of purging. The garage? I’m coming for you. The basement? YOU ARE MINE.


Which brings us to this suitcase I purchased at Value World for $2.40. I used it as a prop in my pop up shop over a year ago and it has sat unused in our basement ever since.



This thing is NAS-TAY. I didn’t open it while at Value World because, well, it was $2.40, so whatever. I grabbed it and ran. The outside looked fine, a little dirty, but nothing terrible. I brought it home, scrubbed the outside, then popped it open.





Were they carrying around dead bodies in this thing?! My eyes were permanently scarred. And now yours are too!


Part of me would rather snort bath salts than mess with this thing, but the crazy part of me became determined to give it a new life. Because despite it’s filthy insides, the outside is still pretty cute (like me).


I enlisted the help of Pinterest and queried “What can you make out of a nasty old suitcase that makes you want to barf?”. To which Pinterest replied, “How about this?”.




Well played, Pinterest.


And so it began, the making of something cute out of something barfy in under 30 minutes. That should be Pinterest’s tagline. YOU’RE WELCOME PINTEREST.


Here’s how it went down.



Firstly, I ripped out all the nastypants fabric, carefully trying not to catch hepatitis.



Hey-oh! I found a pill hidden in the liner. LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED.



Next, I drilled some holes for drainage. Drainage is important.



Then I added an inch or so of top soil.



Lastly, I began adding my flowers, layering them from the tallest in the back to the shortest in the front.



After some fluffing and styling, one can hardly remember her checkered past. Can you believe this thing used to carry around drugs and dead bodies?  (Allegedly).



Every time I step out my back door, it instantly makes me happy. I’m saving landfills, people. One foul drug infested suitcase at a time.



Wouldn’t it be so pretty to display several of these throughout an outdoor party? Perhaps a bon voyage party, or an outdoor wedding reception?



How about a round of applause for that Mike D garden gnome look-alike? Thanks mom!



Have you saved anything from a landfill lately? I’d love to see your projects!




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10 Responses to Vintage Suitcase Turned Garden Planter

  1. Angela says:

    I found you from YHL, this is so stinkin’ cute! The gnome kills me. Great job.

  2. Murphy says:

    I came from YHL and Bower Power and you really rocked the challenge.

    Your finished project was much better than your Pinterest inspiration.

    Perfectly wonderful! My favorite challenge project so far!

  3. Oh man! You had me in stitches. Hepatitis…and then the pill…I bet nobody ever thought there was so much danger in thrifting, did they? I am in love with how your planter turned out – it’s absolute perfection sitting next to the flamingo! I am loving your site…totally going to poke around some more.

    • Tracey says:

      Thanks so much Kelly! I’m glad you get my weird humor! :) I’m going to poke around your site too, thanks for stopping by!

  4. Tamsyn says:

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this!! Cutest suitcase upcycle I have ever seen :)

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  6. Shirley Freeman says:

    I absolutely love everything about your pins. Oh so cute and great ideas.

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