Turning an old suitcase into a bookshelf and jewelry organizer

Turning an old suitcase into a bookshelf and jewelry organizer

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Today, we're diving into a fabulous DIY project, featuring the versatile Dremel tools. We’re going to be transforming a vintage or old suitcase into a trendy and modern bookshelf and jewelry organizer. If you’re ready to get innovation and creativity together, roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!

You need
  • Paint or wood varnish
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape and tracing paper
  • Paint brush
  • Pen/potlood
  • Vintage or old suitcase
  • Wood planks
  • Wooden balls
  • Mirror
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter
Step 1 5

Measuring the Suitcase

Measuring the Suitcase

First things first, let's measure those dimensions! Check the width and the depth. We want to make sure for the bookshelves that they fit perfectly inside of the suitcase. After measuring, mark the wood and cut into the marks with your Dremel Moto-Saw or with your Dremel Multi-Tool. For a perfect finish, you can sand the cutting parts to keep it smooth.

To keep the shelves in place, we cut two equally deep pieces from the same wood, each 2cm wide. We will place them each side of the shelves as a support point.

Step 2 5

Gluing Supports and Mounting Slats

Gluing the upcycled suitcase.

Using some strong glue you need to glue the supports into the wider side of the suitcase at the desired height. While this dries, you can use your Dremel Multi-Tool to cut narrow supports for the jewelry. You will repeat step 1 but in the other side of the suitcase. You need to measure, cut and create supports for wood planks.  Remember sanding everything you cut to achieve a clean and smooth result.

Step 3 5

Drilling holes

Drilling the holes for the upcycled suitcase.

While the supports dry, we used our Dremel Multi-Tool and the Workstation for the drilling part. You can drill free handed, just make sure the wood planks are well secured. For a more comfortable drilling, we attached the Dremel Multi-Tool in the Workstation and we drilled holes into the narrow slats. The goal of these holes is to serve as holders for your earrings.

Step 4 5

Final touches

Upcycled old suitcase turned into a bookshelf.

Before placing all the wooden slats, you can apply a coat of paint or wood varnish. You can create as many shelfs as you want! Enjoy the creativity of the project! If you want to go extra mile, you can create a beautiful mirror. Get some wooden balls, spray them with your favorite color and fixed them to the mirror you want to use. In this project we used Dremel Glue Gun for gluing them and again the strong glue to stick the mirror into the suitcase. You can also add some wireless touch light for ambiance

Step 5 5

I’m Fem and I’m a real DIY fanatic. So much that I used to own my own workshop / DIY company for 15 years. I would teach people all kinds of creative crafts and dDIY’s during business getaways, events and family gatherings. My goal is to inspire others to express themselves trough creativity and create a home that is personal and fitting to them. And I want to show them what they can do themselves and make them proud off their own creations.


YOUR SPECIALTY :   I’m a interior decor enthusiast. The DIY’s I love doing the most are upcycle projects. There’s already so much out there, I find it important, as well as fun, to see what I can do with reclaimed materials.
FAVORITE DREMEL TOOL:  Dremel Glue Gun and my Dremel Moto Saw.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ideally, you want to choose a sturdy suitcase with a flat surface on the inside. Vintage suitcases or old ones with interesting designs often work well, but any suitcase with enough depth can be repurposed for this project.

While prior experience can be helpful, this project is designed to be beginner-friendly. The instructions provided guide you through each step, and Dremel tools are easy to handle for most DIY enthusiasts.

Improvisation is key in DIY projects! If you don't have certain materials, consider alternatives that serve a similar purpose. For example, if you don't have wood varnish, you could use paint or even decorative paper to add color and protection to the shelves.

Absolutely! One of the beauties of DIY projects is the ability to tailor them to your taste. Feel free to experiment with different colors, patterns, or even additional features like hooks or compartments. Let your creativity shine!