Create a unique rustic wooden diy luggage tag to add a creative flair to your bags and help make them easy to recognize.
Hi Kenarry readers, it’s Lori from Greco Design Company and today I want to share how I made these rustic, wooden diy luggage tags. They’re super durable and since they’re unique, you’ll be able to spot your bags a little quicker when traveling.
These DIY luggage tags are great if you’re planning a trip but they make great gifts too and can be designed however
How to make rustic wooden DIY luggage tags:
The rustic feel of these tags means imperfections are preferred – making this project very forgiving.
What you need:
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Supplies and Tools Needed:
- Sheet of 1/4″ plywood
- Hand or electric saw
- Sandpaper – 100 grit
- Acrylic based stain
- Leather cording, or ribbon of your choice
- Pencil & ruler
- Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pens
- Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker
- Alphabet stamp set and ink pad (optional)
1. Stain your plywood.
I use paper towels and rub the acrylic stain into my pre-cut plywood. I stain it before cutting because I like the edges of my tags to be unstained and lighter – as a nice contrast to the surface of the tags.
2. Cut your plywood to your tag size.
Using a hand saw, I cut my plywood pieces to 3″ x 4.25″.
3. Cut notches at the top of each tag
I measured 0.5″ down from each top corner and 0.5″ in from each top corner of the tags. Connect the two dots and saw off each corner along these lines.
4. Drill a hole in each tag & sand all the edges.
Using a drill, carefully drill a hole into the top of your tag for hanging. Then, sand the edges and around the hole of each tag. I used 100 grit sandpaper.
5. Decorate your tags.
Now it’s time to add your designs. Oil Based Sharpie Pens work great on the wood surface to create designs. I did simple geometric shapes but you can add a monogram or a more elaborate design.
I also used my alphabet stamp set and added our names to the front. Have fun with it – make it your own!
7. Add the cording.
I used thin leather cording and looped it through the tags for easy hanging. You may prefer to use ribbon or twine.
8. Add your personal information.
Next, add your personal information onto the back of the tags. First, I drew horizontal lines with a pencil so my handwriting would be straight. Then, using a Sharpie Ultra thin point marker, I added our information.
Now I have custom-made wooden luggage tags!
And they’ll be put to good use because we’re traveling to Grand Cayman this month!
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Lori is a freelance graphic designer living in the Boston area with her husband, their three kids and a yellow lab puppy. She started Greco Design Company in 2014 when she realized that her love for design was extending beyond the corporate advertising world and into all areas of her life. You’ll find she shares unique but simple DIY projects, gives some great ideas for home design, provides her outlook on current fashion trends, and loves to do beauty and product reviews. She incorporates her graphic design background through her free printables, paintings, signs, art prints, invitations and stationery on her blog and in her Etsy shop. Lori believes in the importance of surrounding ourselves with good, purposeful design that can help streamline our lives and still be affordable. Her tutorials are easy to follow as she shows how you can make anything you set your mind to!
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