DIY: How To Make Personalized Luggage Tags

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Personalized luggage tags make it super easy to spot your bags when you hit the road, and are fun to make!  I first made this type of luggage tag nearly a decade ago, and my original tags are still intact after many adventures.  (Please see pictures of the original tags at the bottom of this post)

Not only are they functional and nearly indestructible, they’re “me”.  I used color copies of a few of my original collages (reduced in size) for the decorative side of the tag, but you can use just about anything for your tags: photos, stamped images, children’s art work, decorative paper – whatever speaks to you and will catch your eye when you’re picking your luggage up at baggage claim!

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Here are the steps to follow to make your own luggage tags:

1. Select an image/material for your “decorative side”.  You can either use the same image or different images for each tag.  For three of the four tags above I made color copies of collages and reduced them to 40%, but you may need to experiment with sizing based on the dimensions of your original source material.  My finished tags are approximately 3″ x 4″.
2. Stamp, write, or print out the information for your “contact information side”. I just included my name and cell phone number on my original tags, and the tags shown above have my business card on the information side.
3. Glue your decorative and contact information pieces together using a glue stick. Trim if necessary.
4. Laminate the tag with a hot laminator.  I went to FedEx/Kinkos to do mine, and fit five tags into one sheet of laminate.
5. Trim the laminated piece, leaving 1/4″ of clear laminate around all four sides.
6. Set an eyelet at one end of the tag.
7. Attach the tag to your luggage with a sturdy piece of narrow ribbon.

Like I said, these tags are essentially indestructible.  Mine are a bit bent and “munched”, but they still look good and work great!

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I’d suggest making several of these at once, so you have a stash on hand.  You can attach them inside your suitcase, too, for an added layer of luggage identification.  Please let me know if you have any questions, dear readers.  Happy crafting, and happy travels!

Warm regards,
Melody

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4 Comments

  1. Posted August 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm by Judith Henry | Permalink

    Melody,
    I love this idea! It’s the perfect gift for the travelers in my life – practical, but also a way to make them feel connected with me, no matter where they are. I’ll be creating a batch of these for sure. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Posted August 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Judith,
    I’m glad you like the luggage tags post. I hadn’t even thought of making them as a gift – great idea!
    Melody

  3. Posted October 31, 2012 at 5:19 am by annie | Permalink

    I luv these luggage tags..my son & fiance asked to make them luggage tags..now I’m ready to go…thank you for letting me know where to laminate…
    :):):):)

  4. Posted October 31, 2012 at 9:59 am by Melody | Permalink

    Annie,
    Thank you – I’m so glad you like them, and am very glad you found the post helpful! I hope you have fun making the luggage tags for your son and his fiance…
    Melody

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