The summer travel season is almost upon us and I can’t wait to pack my bag and head off on a tropical vacation. Not that I have one planned, but I am heading out to Los Angeles in a few weeks and needed a serious luggage tag upgrade. My current paper one from my past flight just won’t cut it anymore! So I created a watercolor leather luggage tag to use instead. Plus they can double as keychains, which is super awesome if you ask me. And they are a perfect quick gift, too!
If you are planning any trips at all this summer, don’t you think your luggage deserves a pretty tag?
-leather rounds (these are 3″ ones I cut from a sheet of craft store veg tanned leather)
-watercolor paints (these gels are available at the craft store and work so well on leather)
-paintbrush and palette
-gold paint pen
-colorful tassel (optional – available at the craft store)
Step 1: Begin by adding your watercolor gels to your palate (or paper plate in my case!) and add a few drops of water to each color to start to dilute them and turn them into more of a watercolor pigment.
Step 2: Use your paintbrush to draw up a bit of the watered down paint and gently add brushstrokes of color to your leather rounds. If you want a very light color wash, spray the leather rounds with a bit of water first. Then when the paint hits the water, it will swirl and create a watercolor effect. Feel free to use just one color or pick a few different colors to add to your tag.
Step 3: Once painted and dry, use the gold paint pen to add your initial or monogram. A regular pen can be used on the back to add your name, address, and phone number.
Step 4: The final step is to punch a hole with your hole punch and use the pliers to add on the keychain clasp and tassel with a jump ring.
As you can see, they are quite simple to make. Now it’s time to plan your next vacation so you have an excuse to make a few new watercolor luggage tags! xo. Kara