Happy Monday! I can’t believe it’s the start of yet another week, let alone the fact that we’re now in the FIFTH month of the year. It’s honestly terrifying – but I digress.
Before I dive into today’s super fun and super easy DIY project, I just want to thank you all for your words of encouragement on my last post.
I’m an introvert through and through – and love being that way 99% of the time – but it’s nice to receive sweet comments and messages from my online friends all around the world when something gets me down.
So far, May has been a pretty good month. Whilst it hasn’t been seizure-free, unfortunately, they HAVE been a lot less often – meaning that I finally managed to get some creating done!
I’ve been playing around with chocolate and testing out a new product for an upcoming post, as well as working on a DIY storage project and teaching myself some new tricks on my camera that I think will really enhance my photos – as long as I keep practising 😂Anyway, enough talking, let’s get onto the project!
YOU WILL NEED:
♡ Dark brown, light brown, pink, and white felt
♡ Assorted colours of acrylic paint
♡ Sewing needle + dark brown, light brown, and pink thread (OR hot glue gun¹)
♡ White cardstock
♡ Sheets of plastic (optional²)
¹. As you will be able to tell from the photos, I sewed the slip onto the bag of my luggage tags, but you could use hot glue instead if you wish.
However, if you choose to make your slips from plastic (see note two), I would recommend you sew them on instead, to minimise the risk of melting the plastic.
². I’ve never felt comfortable using luggage tags with clear windows as anyone could glance at them and memorise your name, number or address, so I made my slips with felt.
This does mean that, if your bag gets lost, someone will hopefully check inside the slip for your contact information. I think it’s pretty obvious that they’d be in there, so I didn’t mind not using the plastic, but it’s up to you!
CHOCOLATE BAR DESIGN:
1. Cut out a rectangle from your dark brown felt. Use your ruler to measure the width of that rectangle and figure out how wide your squares can be so that they fit evenly next to each other, with a small space between them.
Cut out as many as you need to cover the rectangle, except one corner. My squares were roughly 1 centimetre wide and high, and had a 1/ 2 centimetre space in between each other.
2. Use your needle and thread – or hot glue gun – to attach each brown square to your rectangle. On the corner that you left blank, cut two small, round “bite marks”.
3. To make your slip, get more dark brown felt or plastic sheet and cut out a slightly smaller rectangular shape – including the bite mark – from your chosen material. Sew or glue three of the edges on the slip to the back of your chocolate bar, leaving one open so you can slide in your cardstock.
4. Now, cut a long strip from your white felt, and snip a hole into one end. The hole is to run a piece of string, zip tie, or similar object through, so you can then attach the tag to your bag.
5. Glue or sew your white felt onto your chocolate bar. If you’re sewing, I recommend sewing it right at the edge of the “bite marks” so that the thread doesn’t get in the way of the cardstock you’re going to place inside.
6. Cut your cardstock so that it will fit into your slip (I recommend testing that it fits BEFORE writing on it), write your details on it, then put it in – and you’re done!
FAIRY BREAD DESIGN:
1. Cut out a triangle with a rounded point from your white felt.
2. To make the crust, use your white triangle as a stencil. Place it onto your light brown felt, and trace around the two smaller edges ONLY.
3. Cut along the lines you just drew, turn the point that you end on into a curve that is about 1/2 centimetre wide, and then go back down the same way you did before, until you’re left with a soft “V” shape for your crust. Glue or sew the crust onto the white triangle.
4. Paint on your sprinkles! The colours, amount, and placement of sprinkles is up to you, but I will say one thing: don’t do what I did and forget to paint on your butter! My sprinkles are being held on by pure magic 😅
If you’d like yours to be more realistic, I recommend painting a layer of light yellow paint first, then painting on your sprinkles once that has dried.
5. Create your slip by cutting a slightly smaller triangle from your white felt OR your sheet of plastic. If you’re using plastic, sew that onto the back of your fairy bread. If you’re using felt, you can sew OR hot glue it on.
Whichever method you choose, make sure you remember to only use the thread/glue on the two smaller edges, and leave the large edge open so you can put the cardstock inside.
6. Cut a long strip from your white felt, and snip a hole into one end. The hole is to run a piece of string, zip tie, or similar object through, so you can then attach the tag to your bag.
7. Glue or sew your white felt onto the back of your fairy bread. If you’re sewing it on, do so at the very edge of the curve of your crust, so your cardstock will fit inside later on.
8. Cut your cardstock so that it will fit into your slip (I recommend testing that it fits BEFORE writing on it), write your details on it, then place it inside!
ICE CREAM DESIGN:
1. Sketch out your desired ice cream shape onto your pink felt, then cut it out. Cut out a small “stick” from the your light brown felt, and glue or sew that into the bottom of your ice cream.
2. Cut out a slightly smaller ice cream shape from your plastic sheet or pink felt.
3. Attach your slip to the back of your ice cream using the same guidance as recommended in the above two designs. For this design, I could recommend leaving the end with the stick open for your cardstock to go inside, but it’s up to you!
4. Cut a long strip from your white felt, and snip a hole into one end so you can attach it your bag or suitcase in the future.
5. Glue or sew your white felt onto the back of your ice cream, remembering to do so close to the edge (or, better yet, directly to the stick) so that your cardstock will still fit inside the slit.
6. Cut your cardstock so that it will fit into your slip (remember to test that it fits BEFORE writing on it), write your details on it, then place it inside!
And we’re done! The possibilities are really endless when it comes to designs for your luggage tags. Obviously I chose sweets-themed designs for my own, or else this wouldn’t be The Small Adventurer, but there are SO many other things you could create!
You could make luggage tags to go with your holiday destination. For example, a large sun if you’re going on a Summer holiday, or a cute little snowman if you’re headed to the snow! Get as creative as you’d like.
You could even make some for your friends and base them off their personal interests! I think that would be a fun way to show how well you know them. Plus, handmade gifts are always incredibly sweet anyway ☺️ Whatever design you choose to make, I hope you have fun doing so!
Until next time,