Today’s post is inspired by a friend who has been in the midst of a family emergency for the last few weeks. She could certainly use a little lift in her spirit, and she is more than deserving, since she is one to always bring a smile and encouragement to those in her life (including me). As I was thinking of what to do for her, I decided to put together a basket of cheer and include a few small items. She enjoys wine, and she is definitely a princess (trust me, I’ve seen her tiara). Put those together and what do you get? Princess wine glass charms- brilliant! Wine glass charms are great for dressing up your glasses with a little personality, and they are fantastic for marking which wine glass belongs to each person. They’re the sophisticated cousin of sharpie marker on a Solo cup. These were quite simple and turned out to be super cute.
- Charms of choice
- Large Hook Earring Findings
- Small Jump Rings
- Eye Pins (or Head Pins)
- Seed Beads
- Jewelry Pliers (or Regular Needlenose Pliers)
Use your pliers to curve the straight end of your earring finding around and create a little eyelet. The existing eyelet and the one you just created should be able to hook together. This may take a little practice to get it right. Be sure to test your loop to make sure it fits around the stem before you put in all of the work to make it pretty.
Next, you’ll need to open your jump ring. Side note: Do you know how many jump rings I destroyed out of frustration of not being able to close them? Let’s just say… several. Then, I saw a simple, but totally life-changing tutorial (perhaps, I’m exaggerating a bit, but it was truly a crafting revelation). Here is the correct way to open a jump ring:
Photo credit: KernowCraft.com
See the whole tutorial at KernowCraft.com. Please tell me I’m not the only person who mangled a zillion jump rings before learning this! Moving on…
Since I am giving these as a gift, I wanted a pretty way to present them. Here, I used a colorful piece of card stock, wrote on it, and attached the charms with a few pieces of cute washi tape. Now, you have a fun, practical, personal, and inexpensive little gift for your favorite wine connoisseur.
Join me later this week to see the finished product of the gift of cheer I am giving to my friend for more inspiration!
What would you put on your wine glass charms to express your personal taste? Join the conversation below!