Painted Butterfly Luggage Tag

Does this luggage tag say ‘fun and adventure’  to you?

Nope, I didn’t think so, either.

I’m already anticipating lots of fun and adventure as we travel to both worldwide Cockayne Syndrome retreats this summer.  The first one’s in California and the second,  in North Wales, England.  These are special opportunities to meet a few other families walking down the same road we are with Cockayne Syndrome.

The butterfly is a symbol for children with CS, so I wanted to make some special butterfly luggage tags.

I sent a photo in for the Cloth, Paper, Scissors luggage tag challenge but realized the next day that I had mis-read the deadline (I confess, this is a recurring theme in my artistic story).  Oh well, I’ll keep my eyes open for upcoming challenges.

I cut some butterfly wings out of grunge paper and gathered my paints. Calling what I do here a ‘technique’ may be a stretch, but I always love the results.

I squeezed some pretty blobs onto my cookie sheet…

Then I blend the blobs, just until the edges of the colors begin to mix.

Then I take the grunge paper wings and play around with them: pressing them down into the paint, moving them around,  and bringing them straight up from the paint to dry.  I love the swirly patterns and the texture when it dries.

Here are the dried wings…


A piece of thick cardboard became the body of the butterfly. I painted it black and wrapped it with 18 gauge wire.

I punched holes into the wings and wired them onto the body.

A magenta heart and decorative heart clip were added onto the front with a large jump ring.

A metal ring was added to the top to secure it to our bag.

I stamped our address information in white onto the back of the wings.

Now this is more like it!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my art.

Looking forward to…


  1. Wow! That’s a great technique and a beautiful luggage tag!

  2. So cute! Sounds like a busy summer.

  3. That looks like fun! I thought for a minute before you dipped the fabric that you were just going to use the thick dried paint. If you spread the paint on a styrofoam plate and let it dry really well you can later cut it to any shape. Have safe trips.

    • @Connie- Ooh, that’s a cool idea, I’ve never thought about doing that! Thanks for coming over, Connie, have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. oh Scarlett, this is AMAZINGLY beautiful! I love it so much. I have seen you do this technique before and just love it. I must do it soon! This really is just wonderful. And it will sooooo get published one way or another. Hopefully, they will swoon and pretend it got there on time!!! 😀

    Have you thought of making these for your shop? I would love to get one. I just never know when I have extra funds. boo.

  5. I love it! I love the added details that symbolism your journey and where it begins, from the heart of course 😀
    Wow, this will be memorable trips that will transform all involved! The butterfly is gorgeous~ You never know…it might all turn out just fine!
    Keeping my fingers crossed for you! Wishing you ATB, always!

  6. Your butterfly luggage tag is pure fabulous fun art! Butterflies are my favorite and I cherish them. Thank you for sharing your technique because now I think I will be able to try and successfully make one for myself. Your retreats are so important and I will be thinking of you. Creative inspiration…

  7. SO cute!! What a great way to spot your luggage quickly among all the other bags. Fabulous!!

  8. the paint technique you used looks like so much fun!(my favorite part is the little heart with the wire heart and jump ring- Id love it as fob on my keychain) I am hoping they overlook the date it arrived too! Safe travels.

  9. Hi Scarlett .. I hope you have a fun time at both Conferences … but this project is just wonderful to see – and looks too good to travel with! Your ideas are just so brilliant – enjoy the rest of the week .. with big hugs – Hilary

  10. Wow, love your butterfly and what a neat technique. That wired body really brings it all together. I hope you have fun travels to both of your conferences.

    • @Dolores -Thanks so much! I was thinking the wired body looked cool but also that it would give it the strength it will need during transport. I know the bags are really thrown around! I appreciate you stopping by and thanks for the nice comment! 🙂

  11. That’s a great idea! I completely agree that the new luggage tag speaks much more of adventures (and flying, discoveries, freedom) than that old rectangle. I love the body of the butterfly so much, by the way. The whole thing looks awesome, but for some reason the body with the wire holds special interest to me. Wonderful project as always, and thank you for sharing your process.

  12. Your tag is EXACTLY right for fun and adventure!

  13. wow! that’s amazing! 🙂 I’d imagine it would be harder to get lost, too. 🙂

  14. It is so sweet. And a great idea, too. I’m going to read about this Cs, because I’ve never heard of it before.

  15. Yes, now that’s a tag that says ‘Fun and Adventure’ ……. enjoy your travels.

    I also love the bright, bold book you made for Knox 🙂

    thank you for your comment and visit…


  16. You never cease to amaze me! Everything you do is so unique and so creative. How exciting to go to both retreats – where in Ca will you be? I live in Southern, near Palm Springs. Just wondering . . . xoxo

  17. Oh it is so pretty!! Now that is a ‘fun and adventure’ luggage tag! Hope you have a wonderful time on your trips!

  18. Oh it is so pretty!! Now that is a ‘fun and adventure’ luggage tag! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful time on your trips!

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