Whether you’re destined for a quick weekend away or a two-week vacation, your luggage is an essential piece of your trip, and it’s not only what’s inside that counts. A festive set of luggage tags can not only brighten up your packing experience, it makes it easier to spot your things at baggage claim post-flight.
Style your bags with an eye-catching luggage tag or two, and take solace in the fact that a lost bag could more easily find its way home with an informational tag. Peruse the do-it-yourself luggage tag ideas below, then get started crafting (and planning your next exciting trip).
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Shrinkable Plastic Luggage Tags
Draw a cute piece of fruit (or slice of cake, or ice cream sundae) onto shrinkable plastic, and add your personal information before shrinking in the oven. These end up being so adorable that you’ll want to pop them on your daily handbag or backpack to match your luggage.
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Typographic Luggage Tags
Get wordy with your DIY luggage tags, and apply bold lettering to a bright base. Using pre-made tags, try stenciling on your own quirky message, or if you’re brave, go freehand. Either way, be sure to spray a clear coat over top of your lettering for staying power.
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Blank Form Luggage Tag
Source a blank standard information form (try a scrapbooking store, a paper shop, or even your local post office), then see this tutorial for turning a regular form into something adorable. Feel free to add your own hand-drawn designs or stickers.
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Watercolor Luggage Tags
All it takes for these adorable monogrammed tags are wooden circles, paint, and hardware. A Beautiful Mess shows you how to put all of these supplies together into luggage tags that are worthy of being used on stylish handbags too.
Pro tip: Use balsa wood (or a similar soft wood) for this craft so that you can use a standard hole punch to attach the hardware.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Easy Printable Luggage Tags
We love how simple this luggage tag DIY is from The Idea Room. We recommend making a coordinating set for all your suitcases (or your entire family’s’ cases) for easy, quick identification on the conveyor belt.
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Luggage Tags for the Sweet Tooth in You
Who knew felt could be so cute? These luggage tags look good enough to munch on. Design a trio of sweet treats for a complete set. When working with felt, always use a sharp pair of scissors for a super clean finish.
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Monogrammed Luggage Tag
Repurpose a plastic name badge holder as a DIY luggage tag protector a la My Thrifty House in this clever tutorial. We also love the idea of how easy it is to trade out the insert with the season (or to coordinate with a different suitcase).
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Painted Leather Luggage Tags
While this one is definitely easier with the help of a Cricut machine, crafters can achieve a similar effect with a sharp pair of scissors or leather working tools. Experiment with a variety of eye-catching patterns to paint, and opt for hot glue as opposed to a needle and thread for assembly if you’re not confident with your stitching.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Wood Burned Luggage Tags
This project is a great option for beginning wood burners, just stick to a bold, graphic design. Watercolor corners add a hint of interest, and this DIY looks great when used as a homemade gift tag too, so don't hesitate to create a big batch of wooden tags. See the tutorial for all the details you need.
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DIY Cactus Luggage Tag
Reluctant to print personal information on your tags? Shape your tags in an eye-catching, easily describable and recognizable design instead. If your bag gets lost, it can be easily distinguished by airline personnel, and it’ll look extra cute while in transit with a bit of cactus-shaped flair.
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Foiled Luggage Tags
Add a little sparkle to your checked bag, carry-on, and personal item with this metallic iron-on foil tutorial. Tropical trees work well for setting your sights toward a beach vacation, but any simple pattern will pop against a neutral leather base.
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Hand Sewn Luggage Tags
Break out the sewing machine for this DIY tag, but don’t be intimidated, it actually comes together pretty quickly and without too much tricky stitching. Try using different complementary patterns of fabric on the front and back of each tag for a funky contrast effect.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Rustic Wooden Luggage Tags
Scrap wood is the perfect media for a rustic, homemade luggage tag. Try staining in a medium to light tone, so that the wood will still allow for decorative paint and stamped letters overtop. See the full tutorial to make these ultra chic tags.
Rustic Wooden Luggage Tags from Ideas for the Home by Kenarry
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Brushstroke Luggage Tags
You'll be shocked to find out that this stunning do-it-yourself project is super simple and quick to create. The full tutorial will show you the technique and supplies you need for making these pretty marble tags. The more abstract the art, in this case, the better.
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Decoupage Luggage Tags
Capture nostalgic documents, photos, or art in a more tangible place than a scrapbook with this lovely DIY. The full tutorial will show you how to perfectly decoupage a hefty piece of cardstock or balsa wood to your liking.
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Neon No-Sew Luggage Tag
Not only will you see your bag from a mile away, but the bright luggage tag DIY shown here will help bring a little bit of sunshine back from your vacation. The best part is it's super simple and there's no sewing required.