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DIY Coat Check Tags

As soon as I saw this project on Style Me Pretty last year, I knew I had to make coat check tags. Not only are they easy to do, but they are so unexpectedly cute and I love it when guests know you thought of everything.

diy coat check tags
{Author’s personal collection}

You will need:

  • hole punch
  • eyelets & eyelet setter
  • rotary trimmer
  • cardstock
  • elastic

Instructions:

  • I started by laying out my template using MS Word (yes, I have Photoshop and Illustrator, but I’m kind of a Word junkie when it comes to tables). I was able to get 9 tags to a page on 8.5×11 paper.
  • First, I copied the graphic I wanted into the template (the swirled oval), and created separate cells with a border for the tear-off portion
  • Then using Word’s mail merge functionality, I input the numbers into the two spots on the tag
  • After printing on my trusty home printer, I cut out each of the tags and using my rotary trimmer, perforated the tear-off portion
  • For diagonal corners, I marked off 3/4″ in each direction from both top corners and cut with scissors
  • To finish, simply punch a hole and set an eyelet, then thread with elastic!

diy-coat-check-tags
{Image via Jenna}

Total cost for 100: Elastic = $7, cardstock = $5, eyelets = $10 = $22
Total time: approximately 5 hours (most of this was tying elastic and making the template exactly perfect)

The template for the coat check tags is stored {here}. You’ll need to modify for fonts and such but it might get you started on your way!

E.

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15 comments on “DIY Coat Check Tags

  1. L-O-V-E them! I don’t know why coat check tags flip my wig, but they do.

    Did anyone use yours? I made 175 and used 19. I could have saved myself HOURS of work. But you never know what October in Chicago will be, right?

  2. carateacher writes...

    Everyone that was there knows you thought of everything and then some!!!!

  3. You know how skiers don’t take their ski lift tags off their coats all season? I kind of wanted to leave my coat check tag on. A little status quo thing if you will :)

  4. Holly writes...

    I’m having trouble printing nine of the tags per page. When I click print, only one tag prints per page, and if I go to “layout,” and select nine pages per page, the tags print TINY. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

  5. Ami Elizabeth writes...

    hi holly! i cut the pages to size first and then fed them through the printer – it was much easier for me that way. :)

    the tags are 2.75 x 4″

    if you aren’t able to print small paper through your printer, then you’ll probably need to do 8 per page by printing landscape after you adjust your fonts and such.

    good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

  6. I was just looking for unique coat check tags for our wedding venue and found nothing as nice as this idea. Woodrow Hall is a century old restored banquet hall and the pattern works well. I will laminate them after I complete them. I have already customized the image with our name and appreciate your work and posting!

  7. Charlynn Dawson writes...

    I felt compelled to write in the comment section to deliver some great news about an easy way to print . when you select print click the option to put 8 pages on one sheet then whn it says which pages specifically type in 1-99 and it will print out nicely . thanks for the template I am very thankful

    • Ami writes...

      What a great tip Charlynn! Thank you for sharing and so glad you found the template helpful!

  8. Elizabeth writes...

    I think I need more details – what do you mean by “laying out a template”? I don’t even know where to start and I LOVE this idea! Help! :)

    • Ami writes...

      Hi Elizabeth! You can download the template for these tags here: cache.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/coatchecktags.doc

      Thanks!

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