I’ll say one thing millennials do not get hated on for is their love of travel, and I’m no exception here. Traveling is fun, and if you have the ability to do it while you’re young, why not?! In the spirit of traveling to Las Vegas this Friday for my good gal pal, Katie, as we celebrate her 21st birthday, I decided to DIY some luggage tags.
It’s also a #grattim* to do these before traveling for the holidays, because no other luggage tag will ever be the same. So the chance of someone grabbing your bag, or you missing your own in a bustling airport is slimmer, IMO**.
Another way to use these is for easy DIY gifts for the holidays, particularly for that traveling guru that comes to mind. Without further adieu, let’s get started.
- Card-stock (not too thick, will need to hole punch later)
- Hole puncher
- Leather or cord (for your strap so thinner is better but not too thin so it’ll hold)
- Wrapping paper // decorative paper of your choice
- Luggage tag template (fill out the email box at the top of this post for your tag outline! freebie, duh)
- Clear plastic
- Scotch (TM) Self-Adhesive Photo Laminating Sheets (available at craft stores)
- Double sided tape
- Taking the card-stock, use a ruler and draw out four lines horizontally, then two vertical lines between the third and fourth lines.
- Fill out your information on this sheet too, cut rim to desired size and set aside
- Using the template available in the freebie, print it out onto your “pretty paper” (the one you will have as the background!) Be sure to print two for both sides of the tag
- Cut along the black line of the printable
- Taking the double sided tape, use a little tape down the information card-stock to the center of the pretty paper, then use the tape again to tape the two sides of the pretty paper together (if confused, see pics below)
- Take Scotch self-adhesive sheet, peel a part, peel center strip then the other paper, place tag in the middle and seal s l o w l y to get out any potential air bubbles
- Cut around the luggage tag, removing excess self-adhesive paper and rounding the corners for a more finished look
- Hole punch at the top of the luggage tag for the leather piece to feed through
- Measure out leather/cord to desired length and do it twice or three times that length (so one really long strand)
- Begin wrapping the cord through the hole you punched in the tag, then through the spot on your luggage, going around and around until you feel it’s secure enough
- Double knot a cute little bow for appearances
- Voila! Custom, cute and creative – definitely easy to spot at any airport or baggage claim
I like how it turned out so much that I made a smaller one for my carry-on duffel bag.
#grattim* – great time translated to grat tim, don’t ask why because it’s just a social media fad
IMO** – in my opinion
PS – my address is my business address, same as my telephone. So I’m not giving away any “personal” information, as it is readily available on Google.
Until after Vegas!
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