DIY Luggage Tags Made out of Leather

by Tonya Staab
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Put your favorite family photos on these DIY luggage tags made out of leather. These are the perfect gift for someone who loves to travel.

If you travel by plane, then you know the feeling of waiting at the carousel for your suitcase to come down and seeing 5 others that look similar to yours. And so you wait for them to go around … and around … and around, until you are sure that it’s yours.

People are getting more creative with making their suitcase stand out, from brightly colored ribbons, to brightly colored or patterned suitcases.

Why not make your own luggage tags?

diy luggage tags made out of leather
Make your own custom luggage tags using your favorite photos and leather.

DIY luggage tags

These handmade leather luggage tags are easy to make, and the best part is you can make them using your favorite travel or family photos, or even your kids artwork.

Note: This project was originally created for Hewlett Packard’s MyPrintly website, however that has been taken offline. You can still find some of the projects on the HP YouTube channel though. 


  • HP ENVY Photo Printer
  • HP Original Ink (Learn how to save 50% on HP Ink here)
  • HP Iron-on Transfers
  • Duck cloth canvas
  • Clear vinyl
  • Leather
  • Elastic cord or leather (which you’ll find in jewelry sections of craft stores)
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric knife
  • Iron

How to make leather luggage tags

Choose the photos (or artwork) you want to transfer onto the fabric. Resize it to approximately 400-267. Remember to reverse the image before printing, and then print your images onto the HP Iron-on Transfer paper.

images being printed on a HP printer to be transferred onto leather
Turn kids artwork and family photos into custom leather luggage tags.

Cut the images out, leaving a border, place them face down on the duck cloth and following the instructions on the HP Iron-on Transfer paper, transfer the images onto the fabric.

how to transfer photos onto vinyl
photos that have transferred onto vinyl

Cut out the images, and then cut out pieces of leather and clear vinyl of the same size. Use fabric glue to adhere the photo transfer to the leather, and then the clear vinyl over the top (to protect the image).

photos transferred onto vinyl and then adhered to leather to make diy luggage tags
diy luggage tags made using family photos and kids artwork

Using a fabric knife cut a small section of the top of each luggage tag

Cut sections of elastic cord or leather tying them onto the luggage tag, and then onto your luggage.

custom luggage tags using kids artwork and family photos

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