Travel With Style: Make a Custom Luggage Tag

Travel much? Maybe you keep your checked luggage strategy sane by covering your luggage with rolls worth of colorful duct or electrical tapes for a special “pop” of personality as it spins around the turnstile (it may not be the prettiest, but hey, it has been proven to work!), or maybe you just identify your black suitcase from the next with a special ribbon or tag that screams you!

You can take it a step further by making your own custom luggage tag. A luggage tag that properly presents your personality as well as the important info doesn’t have to be expensive — in fact, you can probably make one all by yourself in an afternoon. Check this one out.

How to make a personalized luggage identification tag for your suitcase.

Looking to follow my guide? Here are the the measurements you’ll want to use.

Measurements for a custom luggage tag.

Refer to the tutorial below to see how this custom luggage tag is made!

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Step 1

 Open GalleryUsing wood veneer craft paper to make DIY luggage tags.Pick your paper, such as a beautifully patterned heavyweight card stock or, in my case, a birch veneer craft paper that has both weight and solid charm. Woodworking crafts are my fave.

Step 2

 Open GalleryCut your paper to size for your luggage tag.Use scissors to cut the front and back of your tag.

Step 3

 Open GalleryCut out space to form the back and front of your tag.Using a ruler and an X-Acto knife for precision and following the guide above, trim away pieces of the material to form the back and front of the luggage tag.

Step 4

 Open GalleryRecycle plastic packaging to make the plastic covering for your contact information.Like many store-bought luggage tags, your DIY version should have a plastic protective covering to protect your contact information. You can probably find something to suit at the craft store, or you can recycle some of the plastic packaging that you find in your own recycling bin. (Monster High dolls, anyone?) Cut the plastic piece you need to size (it should be slightly larger than the big opening which would display your contact information).

Step 5

 Open GalleryAssemble your DIY luggage tag with glue.Glue it together. Sandwich the two sides of the tag together, with the transparent plastic card aligned in between. I used an E-6000 adhesive product for strength, but depending on the textures you’re affixing together, hot glue might also work well.

Fun fact: Paper veneer can also be sewn effectively.

Step 6

 Open GalleryCreate a contact card for your luggage tag.Prepare a contact card for yourself. I designed mine quickly and easily with Microsoft Word and printed it out on my home printer, but it could be easily handwritten for convenience. Trim it to size (use the opening on the front of your tag as a guide).

Step 7

 Open GalleryCustomize a luggage tag for your travels!Insert your contact card through the slit in the back of the tag after the glue has dried. It should fit firmly between the back of the tag and the clear plastic guard.

Step 8

 Open GalleryHow to use a salvaged belt as a luggage tag clip.Finalize your DIY luggage tag with a simple strap using a snap, a D-ring, or a piece of leather. Salvaged narrow leather belts work great!

Step 9

 Open GalleryShorten the belt and create new holes. Simple and secure attachment piece!I trimmed my salvaged belt to a reasonable length and created a few new holes using my awl.

Step 10

 Open GalleryHow to make a personalized luggage tag.Attach it to your suitcase! How pretty.

Materials

  • Card stock or veneer craft paper
  • Plastic protective covering, such as recycled plastic packaging
  • Strap, such as skinny salvaged leather belt

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • X-Acto knife
  • Glue
  • Computer and printer
  • Awl (optional)
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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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