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Customize Your Carry-On With A DIY Luggage Tag

How many times have you found yourself standing in baggage claim, a parade of nearly identical black bags marching before you, completely bewildered as to which one belongs to you?

Getting your hands on some truly individual luggage is the easy answer to singling out your bag in the crowd, but if you already own that ubiquitous black roller-board, how do you make it stand out, ready to grab so you can be on your way? Luggage tags, that’s how. And I’m not talking about the pathetic paper tags available at baggage check. A sturdy, well-visible luggage tag can not only help you spot your bag as it circles the carousel, but can also identify it if your stuff happens to get lost along the way.

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What you need:

Leather scrap

Leather cord

Piece of cardboard

8-inch piece of chain

Needle & thread

Thin paint markers


Wire snips

Super glue

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Cut the cardboard into the shape that you’d like your luggage tag to be. On the back of the leather, trace the shape of the cardboard twice.

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Use the scissors to cut out the tags from the leather.

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Cut a 1/4-inch slit at the top of each piece of leather. Then, sandwich the pieces of leather together and use the needle (or a large safety pin) to punch holes through both sides.

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With the needle and thread, sew the two pieces of leather together using the needle-punched holes as a guide.

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To make the tag strap, weave a piece of the leather cord through the chain links and tie each end off. Thread the chain through the sliver cut in the tag and use the wire snips to join the ends together.

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Decide on a design for your tag, and use the paint pens to decorate it, along with your name, address, and phone number.

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To make a tassel, cut eight 4-inch-long lengths of leather cord and tie the center together.

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Fold the bundle in half and wrap a length of cord around the top, glue the end in place with super glue. Trim the ends to one uniform length.

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Open one of the chain links with the wire snips, attach the tassel, and close the link to complete your luggage tag.

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Safe travels! Where are you headed to next?

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rhiannon -August 28, 2014, 8:08AM

what a great idea! i am definitely trying this!

Alexandra -August 28, 2014, 1:49PM

Pinned this! I’m taking a trip to Portugal with my mom & sister – personalized baggage tags would be such a sweet gift.

Warm Regards,

Shelley -August 28, 2014, 5:05PM

This is such a great idea! I especially love that it attaches with a chain to make sure it doesn’t come off. My Uncle just paints a big “Not Yours!” on his suitcase, but this is so much nicer and prettier. (and less rude! haha!)

Cassidy Taylor-Memmory -August 30, 2014, 6:43AM

such a cute idea! Especially if you reuse material

Roisín -August 30, 2014, 12:26PM

What a great idea, I love the finished tag!

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hazel -September 1, 2014, 8:38PM

This looks really cute, but it seems like a bit of work for something that has a high probability of being ripped off the first time you fly with it.

samywatkins -September 1, 2014, 10:06PM

Cute Idea. I would use a brighter leather or fabric so it stands out more.

Maïa -September 2, 2014, 10:29AM

Really good idea !
And really simple !


Lauren -September 24, 2014, 12:21PM

This is such a great idea! I will defiantly make this to help fins my bland luggage. This is such a time saver, and not one that looks incredibly ugly. This colorful bag tag will be stylish at the same time as being helpful. And the best part, it’s not expensive, you make it yourself!

Colby -September 28, 2014, 10:59PM


Olivia Oak -July 15, 2015, 1:28PM

This blog is just the best!! Im going on a trip in a couple weeks and needed to buy some luggage tags….I wanted a cool rustic/boho look to them but…They are hard to find….This is soo great! Thanks!

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