October 22, 2019

DIY Map Luggage Tags

Now that it’s summer, you may be planning on a well-deserved vacation. If so, travel in style with this do-it-yourself luggage tag. It comes together in just a few minutes with old maps (hello, Thomas Bros. Guide) and packing tape. Instead of maps, you can use practically any form of paper: comic books, wrapping paper, photographs — even Jewish Journal covers.

What you’ll need
Old map
Duct tape
Clear packing tape
Scissors or hobby knife
Cutting mat
Hole punch


1. Cut out a luggage tag shape with scissors or a hobby knife. I made mine three inches by 5 inches and then trimmed the two corners of one side at a 45-degree angle.


2. Tear two pieces of duct tape that are at least 6 inches long and overlap them to make a wider piece. Position the map luggage tag on the sticky side of the duct tape and press down firmly. 


3. Apply clear packing tape to the top, overlapping pieces to completely cover the luggage tag. 


4. Repeat. You’ll need one piece for the front and one for the back.


5. Trim the edges to remove the excess duct and clear packing tape.


6. On the front piece, cut out a rectangular opening in the center that is about 1-by-2 inches.


7. Adhere the front and back pieces together with clear packing tape on three sides. Do not tape the sides that have the diagonal cuts so you are able to insert identification.


8. Punch a hole at the end that is not taped together. Hang the tag to your luggage with ribbon or a ball chain key chain. Safe travels!

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.