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Miami is a diverse city like none other. Most everyone in Miami speaks Spanish and you can get a cafe con leche much more easily than you can order up a chai latte. Now that I’ve lived in Miami for a while, I’ve come to learn a ton about Latin American culture and traditions…but my favorite is the Columbian tradition for travel. In Columbia – on New Year’s Eve, you grab your suitcase and go run around the block. This guarantees a year of traveling and adventured. Guaranteed. It’s science.

In the spirit of a travel-filled 2017, I used my Cricut Explore to tackle a project I’ve had brewing in my brain for years: DIY leather luggage tags. If you haven’t heard me go on and on and on and on about cutting leather in my Cricut Explore…well…I’ll spare you the rambling and point you THIS blog post where I break it all down.

To create your own DIY leather luggage tags, you’ll need to head over to Cricut Design Space and use THIS canvas that I’ve designed for you.

click here for the DIY LEATHER LUGGAGE TAG project in Cricut Design Space

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

The Explore will cut through tooling leather like nobody’s business…just make sure you’re cutting with the Cricut Deep Cut Blade.

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

Next, I used Angelus leather paint to decorate the leather – you’ll want to use leather paint for this! It’s super durable. I even accidentally put one of these leather tags in the washer and none of the paint chipped off!

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

Use embroidery floss to stitch together the two sides of the luggage tag cover. Stitch in and out, going up and back each side of the luggage tag until you get back  to your starting point, then tie them in a knot as shown

Now that you’ve got the cover finished, time to add your personal information to the inside. Use the Cricut Explore to cut and write your deets – then laminate it all using the Xyron Sticker Maker.

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

Thread the leather strap through the laminated paper then tie floss through the hole. Then wrap, wrap, wrap the floss around for a sturdy hold.

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

Pull the strap through the cover and your luggage tag is done!

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

DIY Leather Luggage Tags | damask love

Happy travels! Do you have any fun NYE traditions in your family? Have any of you done the walk around the block with your luggage?!

Photography: Devlopz

Props: Prop Planet

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13 thoughts on “DIY Leather Luggage Tags

  1. What a cool luggage tag! I haven’t seen any like this. I really like the versatility! Thank you for the inspiration!
    I didn’t know about the “walk around the block with your luggage on NYE” tradition but might need to use that one! LOL Our tradition is the general “what to eat on New Year’s Day”… Black-eyed peas for luck, greens/cabbage for money, and ham & cornbread to make it a meal… I’m not sure about the luck or money but the meal is good! 🙂

  2. What a fun-sounding tradition! I haven’t heard of it before, even though I’ve spent NYE in Miami. Must be because my Miami family is all Cuban, not Columbian.

    Like an earlier commenter, I grew up with black eyed peas for luck and greens for $$ and, of course, ham!

  3. So silly question but how do I get the template to download into the design studio? Every time I click the link it tells me to download the design space which I have already. Any ideas?

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