Maybe you’ve noticed my recent obsession of using all natural “raw” materials in my current DIY posts. I know doing it yourself isn’t always the easiest or more affordable option, but honestly there is no better feeling than making something with your two hands. Specially something that you will ultimately need or want. On my last trip my luggage tag was destroyed by luggage claim, naturally I decided to make my own. Using natural “naked” leather.
Here’s what you will need:
– Natural Tooling Leather, $4
– Alphabet Leather Kit
– Suede Leather Cord, $2
– X Acto Knife
– Cutting Mat
– Rotary Hole Puncher
Start by cutting 3″ leather rectangles using an x acto knife. Leather can be tricky to cut, make sure to go over your cut a couple of times over a sturdy cutting board.
You can make about 4 luggage tags with one single leather strip.
Make a second cut at an angle across the top of the leather tag.
Using the rotary hole puncher make medium-sized hole on the top/center of the tag.
Leather is more receptive to being stamped when it’s damp. Dip your leather pieces into a bowl of water. Do not soak the tags, just damp them.
In order to stamp on the leather you will need to hammer each letter using the leather kit. Start by lining up the first letter of every line on the end of the tag and work your way across. Make sure do your hammering on a steady surface. You will not need to use that much force — one sharp tap, straight down on the top of the letter punch will suffice. If you didn’t apply enough pressure, you can carefully realign the stamp and do it again. Then cut 8-10 inch pieces of the leather cord, pull through the hole in the stamped leather piece and make a strong knot.
And you are done, how chic is your new luggage tag! You can make different sized luggage tags according to what information you want on it.
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