Stenciling a Design on a Suitcase

I would like to use stencils to paint a design on my suitcases for easier identification in the airport. Do they make spray paint for use on textiles? I think using a stencil brush on that coarse sort of fabric might make it hard to get a good impression. What has anyone else done with their suitcases besides tying things to them?

Lynn from Albany, NY

March 17, 20080 found this helpful

You can use regular acrylic paints mixed with a textile medium (any craft store will carry this)

Also a "bubble" fabric paint (in the bottle with the point) would work well for this.

I've learned everybody seems to put a red ribbon on their suitcase, so all the luggage looks the same. I use a bright neon green ribbon.

You could use bright neon paint with your stencil, or a tube of bubble neon paint and freehand your sketch.

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March 18, 20080 found this helpful

My husband and I have put large designs on our suitcases with brightly colored duct tape. We never have a problem finding them. It also gives a moderate amount of protection from scuff marks.

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March 20, 20080 found this helpful

Try this link Under "ductivities" they have a pattern for a duck tape luggage tag. It comes in so many colors you could make a very unique one to mark your suitcase(s). Or maybe you could decorate your suitcase with a design made from duck tape. Its very stong and stay put, especially the industrial strength stuff. It comes in so many colors too. On the ducktape club site a guy made a hammock out of industrial strength duck tape!

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March 20, 20080 found this helpful

About three years ago I used a stencil and white acrylic paint that I already had to put fish, seahorses and starfish designs on a black suitcase and on a red suitcase. I tried using colors at first but had to go over them with white as the color did not show very well. After about 3 coates of white paint, I can pick out my suitcases anywhere.

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March 21, 20080 found this helpful

I used that shiny 3-d paint that you write lines with and put bright colored happy faces on my black suitcase. Very easy to pick from a crowd. Also no one else would want to claim it!

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September 4, 20090 found this helpful

Hi! Have you figured out how to stencil your suitcases? Well, I just went at it myself this week and would love to share with you what I learned. I explain it all with pictures at It's really easy to do and inexpensive. I basically used contact paper for my stencils and fabric stencil spray paint for the paint. Good luck!

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