You know how hard it can be to keep up with your wine glass at a party. That's where wine glass charms come in. But they are not cheap.
My friend, Jacqueline, had a great idea for individualizing wine glasses. She tied a different ribbon on each glass and party-goers got to choose from a lovely array of be-ribboned glasses. It made it very easy to keep up with your glass. Another friend, Karen, borrowed the idea. I was on my way to borrowing it yet again when I realized that I don't have enough different ribbon for our next event.
Elanor and I were at Hobby Lobby hunting stuff to make this year's Christmas ornaments when we walked by the button display. Have you seen a button display lately? They were inexpensive and the designs were all over the map. I immediately thought of wine glass charms. I bought several different button assortments, small blank cardstock tags, and 16 guage aluminum wire.
I pulled out my tiny wire cutters and the round-nosed pliers. I also pulled out my silver florist's wire.
I cut 4" lengths of florists wire. I poked small holes in the tags and wired the buttons to the tags. Twist the wire on the back and cut away the excess. You could tape the twisted ends but I got lazy and didn't. Cut away the excess papern below the button if you want to. I did.
To make the wire that holds the charm on the glass, cut 3 1/2" lengths of the aluminum wire and twist one end. Put the charm on the wire, twist the other end and then bend the endsof the wire together to make a circle.
Aluminum wire is very pliable so it's easy to open them to attach and detach from the wine glass stem.
I gotta say, I'm pretty proud of myself for thinking this up. That said, I won't be surprised to find out that this has been done before. But these are fun and I think we'll be able to use them for years.