After coming off a flight when travelling, have you ever struggled to work out which bag was yours on the luggage carousel? I certainly have. However, like many other travellers I've discovered that the way to solve this dilemma is to personalise my bags in some way, so they're not so easily confused with lookalikes. A bright-coloured ribbon or quirky name label provides bags with a touch of individuality and ensures that they don't get confused with those of a stranger.
These simple luggage tags are simple, easy and affordable to make. What's even better, there's no right or wrong to make them. In the following method, I've mainly used acrylic paints as they're brightly-coloured and hard-wearing. Alternatively, you could use collage or decoupage, and then seal your creation with a water-based varnish. Scrap-booking decorations such as rhinestones or pretty fabric flowers could also be used to further embellish your tags. The possibilities are endless and you're only limited by your imagination.
The small wooden medallions that I've used for this activity were purchased very cheaply from my local hardware store. However, you can probably buy similar products from craft shops and bargain stores, or even make your own.
Art and Craft Supplies
Small wooden medallions
A drill to make a hole in your wooden medallions
Acrylic paint in a variety of colours, including metallic paint for a dramatic touch
At least 30cm of ribbon (approximately 1cm wide) to thread through your tag, so it can be tied to the suitcase
Optional: Scrapbooking supplies such as pretty paper, fabric flowers, ribbons, lace, rhinestones and craft glue
Drill a small hole through each of the medallions, large enough to thread the ribbon through.
Thoroughly clean the medallions of any dirt and dust.
Paint one side of your medallions in one or two colours, and leave to dry . This will serve as the base for your design.
When one side has completely dried, paint the other side.
Once the paint is totally dry on both sides of the medallions you can start creating a more detailed design. Remember, they don't have to be masterpieces. I always do very basic designs in just a few colours. Simply painting around the edges of your medallion in black, gold or a contrasting colour is a good start. Basic flower designs, squiggles, swirls and even dots look great as well. If you like, you could also paint your name. Once you've finished, put your medallions aside and allow them to dry.
Once the paint is totally dry, turn your medallion over and start again on the other side. Put it aside once more to dry.
When the second side is dry you can apply the final touches, such as glitter glue and anything else you may want to add, such as the above-mentioned scrapbooking embellishments. When this dries, repeat the process on the other side.
When the paint and glitter glue has completely dried (ideally overnight), thread a ribbon through your medallions and tie onto your suitcases. Your luggage labels are now complete.
Thanks, Therese.....glad you like them. Actually, they cost next-to-nothing to make, too. The medallions were just a dollar at the hardware store, and I already had lots of paint and other craft materials at home.
I love the idea of using the small wooden medallions as they would be quite durable. I've cut out nice designs from greeting cards before and put my surname on the back before laminating them then tying to my bag. However, they can get damaged. Love your idea Carolyn.