At a party recently, our lovely hostess whipped out the cutest beaded wine glass charms to help make sure everyone could keep track of their cocktails. By the end of the night, we were all thankful for them and were calling each other by our charm names. “Hey Butterfly, the Cricket found your drink!”
Here is how to make your own sparkly custom wine glass or cocktail glass charms using very inexpensive beading materials and friend’s photos. Because these are handmade glass charms, they make fabulous party favors or thoughtful hostess gifts – particularly if she has parties often. These can even be used as sweet wedding glass charms that will match your wedding theme. Totally custom and so easy to make!
Craft Idea: How To Make Wine Glass Charms
What You Will Need
Beads of Various Shapes, Colors, and Sizes – I used beads I had leftover from other beading projects. You can choose super sparkly beads (like Swarovski crystal beads would be fabulous) and use festive colors if this is a holiday craft or gift. Pearls and metal beads would be beautiful too!
Jewelry Findings – 30mm hoop with a loop. You can also make your own if you can’t find these from jewelry wire – just use Sterling Silver or other high quality jewelry wire.
Silver Jewelry Wire – for making the longer piece your main charm will hang from…you will need 1 inch of wire or so.
Jewelry Tools – Needle nose pliers and a small wire cutter/nipper
Charms – For this project I found absolutely adorable photo charms from Blue Moon Beads.
Photos of Family and Friends – Hey, isn’t that what Facebook is for? 🙂
Get Started Making Your Glass Charms
First take the 30mm hoop you purchased or made and thread your beads onto it in any fashion you think is pretty. On my glass charm, I created a pattern and kept in mind that my longer piece (with the centerpiece charm on it) should be in the center of the charm. When you are finished adding your beads and the center photo charm, the glass charm should be beaded only about 1/3 of the way to allow the beads to move and to allow for assembling the clasp. (Check out the Glass Charm picture above to see an example)
Next, create the “clasp” that will secure the charm on to the stem of your wine or Martini glass by taking your needle nose pliers and turning up the flat end of the wire slightly (see picture.) This will allow your charm to hook securely around the stem of your glass and also secure the beads to prevent them from falling off.
More Glass Charm Craft Ideas
You can use any beads or charms you like. There are tons of beautiful embellishments and beads available for this project at most craft stores. Here are a few other glass charm ideas and photos for inspiration: