DIY Leather Cactus Luggage Tag | Popcorn and Chocolate

DIY Leather Cactus Luggage Tag

DIY Leather Cactus Luggage Tag | Popcorn and ChocolateThis DIY leather cactus luggage tag is the perfect way to find your luggage bag easily. I have a black suit case, which means I can never find it when it’s rolling by in luggage claim. Once I add this leather cactus tag to my case I’ll be able to spot it right away and not have to worry that I’m wheeling someone else’s suitcase away with me.DIY Leather Cactus Luggage Tag | Popcorn and ChocolateIf you don’t know already, we are traveling to Seattle on July 1st! I’m oh so very excited to be traveling and going to Washington for the first time. Leave a comment below with any recommendations you have for places to see if you’ve ever been before!DIY Leather Cactus Luggage Tag | Popcorn and Chocolate

Materials:

How to make this leather cactus luggage tag:

  1. Start by either printing out an image of a cactus or free handing one and then cutting out the actual cactus. This will be your stencil.
  2. Grab a pen or pencil and trace around your cactus stencil onto the backside of the leather.
  3. Cut out the cactus from your leather.
  4. Flip your stencil over and repeat steps 2-3.
  5. Using your hole punch, punch a hole into both of your leather cacti.
  6. Taking your fabric glue, glue the backside of one of the cactus and then press it firmly to the backside of the other cactus, making sure that the holes line up properly. Let dry.
  7. Cut out a long and thin strip from your leather and loop it through the hole on your cactus. This will be your tie.
  8. Tie the leather strap to your purse or luggage and get a going!

DIY Leather Cactus Luggage Tag | Popcorn and ChocolateNow you are ready to travel the world with your cactus tag! If you are looking for other cactus diy’s be sure to check out this embroidered cactus baseball hat. Another great travel accessory! Comment below where you would take your cactus luggage tag!

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DIY Cactus Shrinky Dinks Lights | Popcorn and Chocolate

Cactus Shrinky Dinks Lights

DIY Shrinky Dinks Cactus Lights | Popcorn and Chocolate

Ever since I ordered these shrinky dinks online I’ve been dreaming and scheming of ways to use them again. I like to get the most out of my craft supplies. Plus, when the craft involves sitting and coloring you best believe I will be doing it again. And again. And again.

DIY Shrinky Dinks Cactus Lights | Popcorn and Chocolate

DIY Shrinky Dinks Cactus Lights | Popcorn and Chocolate

I definitely jumped on the coloring band wagon. Well, actually, Rose and I had our own little coloring train when we were in college. We bought some of those giant coloring pages they sell at A.C. Moore in the kids section and would just sit on our dorm room floor (ew) and color them in as we watched TV. I think we bought a Spongebob one and a Zoo themed one. They were great. I still have some of those coloring pages, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away (#hoarder).

DIY Shrinky Dinks Cactus Lights | Popcorn and Chocolate

DIY Cactus Shrinky Dinks Lights | Popcorn and Chocolate

Then once all these awesome coloring books popped up over the past couple of years I knew I had to get one (or two or three). It totally is therapeutic to just sit and color something in. As a crafty person, it’s nice to have a craft that is mindless and simple like coloring.

DIY Cactus Shrinky Dinks Lights | Popcorn and Chocolate

That’s why making these cactus light shrinky dinks was so much fun. I just got to sit and color in different cactus all day. No complaints here. I’m already thinking of other ways I can use shrinky dinks just so I have an excuse to color some more!

DIY Cactus Shrinky Dinks Lights | Popcorn and Chocolate

Keep read below to find out how to make these shrinky links cactus lights:

Materials:

  • Shrinky dinks
  • Sharpies or permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Oven
  • Parchment paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • String lights

 

Instructions:

  1. Start by drawing a cactus onto your shrinky dinks. You can either free-hand this or trace an image like I did. I chose to do several different types of cactus but feel free to just do one. For size reference my drawing on the shrinky dinks was about 5.5 inches long. You want them fairly big so you can glue them onto the lights.
  2. Color in your cactus using different sharpies.
  3. Cut out your cactus. I found that when I completely around the whole cactus – hugging the cactus the whole way – that this was more likely to curl and stick on itself in the oven. To remedy this I started to just cut mostly around the cactus but didn’t hug it and left some blank space between stems if there were multiple peaks.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 325ºF and then place your cactus shrinky dinks on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Put in the oven for about 3 minutes. Keep an eye on them – they will first curl up and then eventually (if all goes well) uncurl and lay flat again. This was taking about 3 minutes for me but might be shorter for your oven so just keep an eye on them.
  5. With your hot glue gun glue on two dots on the back of your cactus shrinky dink. Then firmly press onto the string lights between the actual light. Repeat this process with all of your cactus.
  6. Plug in your lights and enjoy! Just as a warning I would make sure you were always in the room when these are on and to not leave them on for a super long amount of time just because I’m not sure how the plastic will fare with the light.

 

DIY Cactus Shrinky Dinks Lights | Popcorn and ChocolateNow you just have to find a cute place to hang up your cactus shrinky dinks lights! I think I’m going to put mine around my desk. I already have my cactus piñata sitting there so it seems only appropriate to add some more cactus paraphernalia.

DIY Cactus Shrinky Dinks Lights | Popcorn and Chocolate

If you want more cactus and succulent themed DIYs/ideas check out this Pinterest board!