It’s mid August and that more than likely means 1 of 2 things for us all: 1. Either summer vacation is over and you’re fantasizing about your next vaca or 2. You are going to squeeze in one last summer getaway before fall arrives. Do either of these sound like you? Either way, these DIY luggage tags will be a fun addition to your next jaunt. Disclaimer: they don’t literally talk; more on that later.
Unfortunately I speak from experience when I say that nothing can put a damper on a vacation like lost luggage. The worst was when Ryan’s bag was lost for 2 days at the beginning of our honeymoon. Or maybe it was that time that my first day on a new job was at a conference in Toronto and my luggage got lost and I had to go to said conference in my travel “uniform”. If you’ve ever seen me travel, you know that the uniform is not cute.
I’ve had a lot of lost luggage adventures. Whether they were mix-ups from the airport or a case of mistaken suitcase identity, these adventures inspired these DIY luggage tags. They are easy to spot and although they don’t actually speak, their message to any would-be absentminded suitcase grabber is loud and clear, don’t you think? 😉
DIY Luggage Tags
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- Luggage tags (I bought these at Walmart for a buck each)
- Cricut Explore Air
- Printable Vinyl
- Premium Permanent Vinyl in Black
- Premium Permanent Vinyl in White
- Transfer Tape
- Weeder tool
1. Download the cactus and donut images (here) to your computer and then upload them into Cricut Design Space. If you need a little help with how to upload your images into Design Space I have directions here. Once you have uploaded the images you can add the text in whatever font you prefer.
2. Print the cactus and/or donut then cut. Note that the printable vinyl is a different cut setting than standard vinyl. Select “Custom” on the Cricut dial and select “Printable Vinyl” from the dropdown menu in Design Space. From the 2nd mat, cut the letters from vinyl (I used Midnight and Linen vinyl but you can use whichever colors you like).
3. Weed negative space from words and designs.
4. Apply letters to the tags first, using transfer tape for a perfect application, followed by the same process for the cactus or donut.
5. Seal with a couple coats of decoupage to protect against rough handling.
And that’s it!
I’m heading out of town this weekend and think I’ll start the rotation off with the donut. Because, well, donuts.
Do you have any lost luggage horror stories? Lay ’em on me! 🙂