How to Make Wine Glass Charms

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You’ve upgraded your wine service from plastic cups and jelly jars to classy stemware, but now your guests don’t remember which glass they were drinking from. Instead of spending the evening rewashing glasses and wasting their contents, add handmade wine charms to the stems. Everyone will be able to identify their glasses, and the charms add an extra touch of the personal.

Quick and Easy Beaded Charms

Even if you’ve never worked with jewelry and beads before, you’ll find this version of the charms a simple solution.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch earring hoops

  • Assorted beads

  • Flat-nosed jewelers’ pliers

Tip

  • Hoops with a hole in one wire end or a loop for the other end to fit into make the easiest charms to place on the glassware stems. Look at the selection in the craft store to see which ones you like best.

Step 1

Open the hoops and slide beads over the flat end. Make each charm different, either by using a single focal bead or by color-coding the beads. Add as few or as many beads as you prefer.

Step 2

Bend the straight end up slightly. This keeps the beads from sliding off when the charm is opened to put it on the glass.

Add a Little Movement to the Party

A few dangles will add extra personality to your wine charms and show off your crafting skills.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch earring hoops

  • 4mm bicone crystals

  • Headpins

  • Chain- or round-nosed pliers

  • Side cutters

  • 2mm metallic round beads

Tip

  • For longer dangles, add a larger focal bead. Arrowhead-shaped beads are especially suitable for this project.

Step 1

Slide one or two bicone crystals onto a headpin. Make a simple loop or a wrapped loop close to the beads. Cut away the excess wire from the pin. Make three dangles for each charm.

Step 2

Slip two round beads onto the earring hoop. Add a dangle, a round bead, another dangle and a round bead. Add the last dangle, and finish with two more round beads.

Step 3

Bend the end of the hoop up slightly.

Use Them and Toss Them

Tie your charms to the party theme when you use scrapbook paper for single-use charms.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock or scrapbook paper

  • Decorative paper punch

  • Hole punch or crewel needle

  • Embroidery floss or 1-inch earring hoops

Step 1

Punch a flower, star or other shape from the paper with the paper punch.

Step 2

Make a small hole at the top of the shape. If your shape is too small for a regular hole-punch, pull a crewel needle through the top to make the hole.

Step 3

String the charm on embroidery floss to tie around the stems or slip it onto an earring hoop.

Tip

  • Add a little extra “bling” with rhinestones or flowers found as trim in the sewing department.

Find Your Own Style

You can make wine charms from many other media, as well. Wire-wrap the beach glass from your last seaside vacation and hang it from a jump ring on an earring hoop, twine or ribbon.

Cut whimsical shapes from polymer clay, and punch a small hole in the top before baking the clay by the manufacturer’s directions. Use shrink-plastic to create personalized designs based on comics, initials or other special interests. The sky’s the limit once you’ve mastered the basic steps.

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