Luggage Tag Projects

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Make a unique luggage tag to identify your belongings and add a spot of color to boring bags.

Luggage tags are a necessity for any savvy traveler. They make it easier to identify your bags on the carousel at the airport -- and easier to return to the rightful owner if misplaced. These useful items aren't all about functionality though; you can jazz up your boring black luggage with brightly colored or patterned tags. Make your own tags from a variety of materials to adorn your own bags or to give to honeymooning friends, students leaving for college or for the jet-setter in your life.

  1. Fabric Tags

    • Choose funky fabric for a little pizzazz.
      Choose funky fabric for a little pizzazz.

      A thick fabric such as felt or wool will hold up through years of trips and will be easy to work with using only some sharp scissors and a needle and thread. Add even more personality to your fabric luggage tags by using two different colors or patterns. Use one to make the basic tag, then cut a shape -- such as an umbrella, an airplane or a bird -- out of the second fabric. Sew the shape onto the front of the tag.

    Recycled Plastic Container Tags

    • Re-purpose old containers such as fruit cups from kids' lunches or yogurt cups. Cut a luggage-tag-shaped piece out of any container, then cut the “window,” where the name and address will be displayed from a clear container. Use string to stitch the pieces together with a piece of cardboard in between. Dark paint or a marker will hide the yogurt container sufficiently. This method is the perfect project for anyone trying to live a greener lifestyle.

    Wooden Tags

    • A spare shingle makes a solid, lightweight base for a wooden tag.
      A spare shingle makes a solid, lightweight base for a wooden tag.

      One material you might not think of using for your luggage tag projects is wood. A lightweight wood such as balsa wood or pre-cut wood tiles from the craft store will be sturdy and less feminine than tags made from fabric. Be as simple or as complex as you wish: Simply print out your personal information and stick it to the wood with clear craft glue, or use woodworking tools to create a design and carve your information into the tag.

    Kids' Luggage Tags

    • Spark excitement about an upcoming weekend at grandma's by making easy luggage tags with your kids.
      Spark excitement about an upcoming weekend at grandma's by making easy luggage tags with your kids.

      Kids who travel are just as likely as adults to lose their bags, so have them make their own luggage tags before traveling, or as a project for their backpacks before going on a field trip. Use paper materials rather than fabric if the children are too young to sew or use a glue gun. Scrapbooking paper or cardstock with ribbon will last long enough to reach a destination, and kids can cut their tags into shapes and color them however they like.

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