With weddings, birthdays, and holidays coming up, traveling always becomes more common throughout this season! When you are constantly on the go, it can be easy to mistake someone else’s bag for yours or vice versa. Luckily, the creative and talented Megan Roy is sharing the most adorable luggage tag tutorial with us today! The color dipped and etched tags can be personalized with whatever color and message you would like! These are perfect to make for yourself and to make them and give as gifts to your friends and family. Read on below for the adorable DIY luggage tag tutorial:
“If you’re like me, you’ll be spending a lot of time packing and unpacking your trusty suitcase over the next few months. With most of my family living on the other side of the country, lots of travel is inevitable this time of year. No matter how hard I try to reassure myself that no one will accidentally mistake my bag for his or hers, it’s always in the back of my mind while I wait at the conveyor belt. Thankfully, I came up with a nice, bright solution that should be a pretty obvious indication to accidental luggage thieves that they’ve taken the wrong bag. And it’ll help me spot it from a mile away!”
- Wooden luggage tags (I picked these up at Michael’s, but most craft stores will carry something similar. If not, you could always make your own out of scrap wood!)
- Paint in the color of your choosing
- Painter’s tape
- A heated wood etching pen (this one came from Michael’s as well. They aren’t too expensive, but if you don’t want to spring for one you could paint or write your designs onto the wood instead.)
- A pencil and eraser
- Tape off the bottom section of your luggage tag with the painter’s tape.
- Paint under the taped off section in the color of your choice.
- Let it dry, then peel the tape off.
- Use the pencil to sketch your design onto the surface of the wood. We’ve used some fun travel sayings and illustrations, but it can be anything you like!
- Plug in your etching pen and let it heat up! Be careful, as these get very hot very quickly.
- Get to etching! The trick is to have a light touch and go very slowly, especially with curved lines. Try not to press too hard.
- Erase any leftover pencil marks.
- Use a piece of string, ribbon, or twine to attach to your suitcase. Voila!
These would also make great favors at a destination wedding, or table numbers/décor for any type of party. Have fun with it!