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

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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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By betsy j. daniels (Guest Post)
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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