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to make: ridiculously easy wine glass charms

I decided to make sets of 12 charms each, so I got 12 different colors
I decided to make sets of 12 charms each, so I got 12 different colors

I bought 6mm druk beads (simple Czech glass) - I originally wanted 8mm but those did not fit over the rounded wire
I bought 6mm druk beads (simple Czech glass) – I originally wanted 8mm but those did not fit over the rounded wire

I bought base metal (as opposed to sterling silver) 1 inch hoops that are actually earring findings - they also carried 3/4 inch which probably would have worked out even better, but may have created more problems getting the bead on
I bought base metal (as opposed to sterling silver) 1″ hoops that are actually earring findings – they also carried 3/4″ which probably would have worked out even better, but may have created more problems getting the bead on

detail of the ends, one is flattened and has a hole punched in it creating it's own clasp later
detail of the ends, one is flattened and has a hole punched in it creating it’s own clasp later

STEP ONE: put the bead on
STEP ONE: put the bead on

STEP TWO: grab the regular end with some pliers (needle nose would work best if you have them) - just 1/4 inch or less. I found holding the hoop right where I was going to bend it worked best
STEP TWO: grab the regular end with some pliers (needle nose would work best if you have them) – just 1/4″ or less. I found holding the hoop right where I was going to bend it worked best

STEP THREE: bend upwards
STEP THREE: bend upwards

STEP FOUR: admire your work. Slip the flattened end with the hole over the bent end to secure.
STEP FOUR: admire your work. Slip the flattened end with the hole over the bent end to secure.

detail of closed charm
detail of closed charm



If it doesn't want to hold, gently pull the hoop open so that it will have some tension when closed.
If it doesn’t want to hold, gently pull the hoop open so that it will have some tension when closed.

ta da!
ta da!

I packaged some in those glass topped favor containers which are so trendy these days.
I packaged some in those glass topped favor containers which are so trendy these days.

These simple wine charms are so easy to make it’s silly. All I ended buying were the hoops and the beads themselves. I bought my hoops at JewelrySupply.com – base metal silver, 100 for $9. The beads I bought at General Bead here in San Francisco. They came in units of 25 for $1.50 to $3.00 per unit. I also found the hoops at General Bead. If you want you can get more complex and start adding charms attached with little jump rings.

Here are some wine glass charms being sold you can use for examples and inspiration:

at red envelope

at plum party

at sur la table

There are a few places with more complete instructions on making you own wine glass charms:

how to make at rings-things

how to make at jewelry supply

how to make at beadland

And a few threads on wine glass charms at Glitter:

one and

two

And the very clever Jenny make personalized wine glass charms with shrinky dinks!

79 Comments

79 responses so far ↓

  • 1 m // Dec 18, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    very much appreciate your info on wine glass charms rings. they are hard to find in my area. i bought some memory wire bracket to making rings-i think they might work. now it;s off to the tore for the hoops. also, one thing you might want to consider for bead-i go to the thrift stores and find beaded dresses, sweaters, etc, and take the beada off-once i bought a wlack dress what we done entirely in beeds on the front, back and sleeves-i got what i wanted from it and gave it away-too time consuming! also, the thrift stores have old jewelery that can be used.

  • 2 jade kendall // Dec 26, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    very cool. I think i will make some. Was going to make my mum napkins for crissy but maybe just do these and another little trinket.
    Napkins are too hard for a 12 year old girl.

  • 3 TBrux // Dec 27, 2006 at 9:42 am

    thanks for the instructions. this is so easy! i’m going to make these for a co-worker’s birthday.

  • 4 TBrux // Dec 27, 2006 at 10:32 am

    Where did you order the glass top favor container you used to hold the wine glass charms?

  • 5 Carly // Dec 27, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    I used bells for Christmas dinner, they were a hit.

  • 6 Kim // Dec 27, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks! I am looking for a wedding favor! COOL IDEA!!

  • 7 Rose // Dec 31, 2006 at 9:35 am

    Thank you so much for the pics included in the instructions. I purchased a kit to make wine glass charms as a gift but could not remember how to finish the ends. Will make them today and give as a gift tomorrow. So nice and so easy :-)

  • 8 TBrux // Jan 12, 2007 at 11:56 am

    i made my own version of these for my co-worker’s b’day (which is on sunday), and she LOVES them. everyone else at work loves them too. a co-worker wants to buy some, so i will be making wineglass charms this weekend. thanks again for the instructions.

  • 9 Wine Glass Charms // Feb 10, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    [...] Wine Glass Charms I think I found myself a new DIY project. I wanted to give our guests who choose to go on the wine tour a little favor, but something simple and reusable. I wish I could afford personalized wine glasses, but that’s not realistic. So I thought Wine glass charms would be cool. I found this instruction site to make my own, and since I cannot find exactly what I want I think this is my best option. not martha to make : ridiculously easy wine glass charms I decided to make sets of 12 charms each, so I got 12 different colors I bought 6mm druk beads (simple Czech glass) – I originally wanted 8mm but those did not fit over the rounded wire I bought base metal (as opposed to sterling silver) 1" hoops that are actually earring findings – they also carried 3/4" which probably would have worked out even better, but may have created more problems getting the bead on detail of the ends, one is flattened and has a hole punched in it creating it’s own clasp later STEP ONE: put the bead on STEP TWO: grab the regular end with some pliers (needle nose would work best if you have them) – just 1/4" or less. I found holding the hoop right where I was going to bend it worked best STEP THREE: bend upwards STEP FOUR: admire your work. Slip the flattened end with the hole over the bent end to secure. [IMG]http://www.notmartha.org/images/tomake/winecharms/finished1.jpg detail of closed charm If it doesn’t want to hold, gently pull the hoop open so that it will have some tension when closed. ta da! I packaged some in those glass topped favor containers which are so trendy these days. These simple wine charms are so easy to make it’s silly. All I ended buying were the hoops and the beads themselves. I bought my hoops at JewelrySupply.com – base metal silver, 100 for $9. The beads I bought at General Bead here in San Francisco. They came in units of 25 for $1.50 to $3.00 per unit. I also found the hoops at General Bead. If you want you can get more complex and start adding charms attached with little jump rings. __________________ Happy Planning!!! Christine Wedding Website: http://willandchristine.weddingwindow.com [...]

  • 10 Melody // Mar 11, 2007 at 10:40 am

    I bought the hoop rings from jewelrysupply.com, I bought a lot to get a great deal and I am going to make party favors for my wedding!!! I am so excited that I found where to buy the rings, I’ve been wanting to do this and thanks to Christine I found the website that got me where I needed to be. Thanks all!!!

  • 11 Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories // Mar 28, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Solder your own wine charms…

    Here is how you can put together your own extra-snazzy wine charms out of electronic components……

  • 12 linda // Apr 21, 2007 at 12:24 am

    i’m looking for more info on the wine charms made with shrinky dinks.
    i wasn’t able to make the link above work.
    Is Jenny still *there*?
    —thanks, linda

  • 13 Tracy // Aug 17, 2007 at 9:31 am

    you can get 72 silver toned wine glass loops for $8.50 with free shipping.They offer 3/4″ loops & 1 1/4″
    http://wineglassloops.googlepages.com/

  • 14 Alli // Aug 23, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Just another thought for wine glass charms. I made these for my brother’s wedding, all 250+ of them, but I used memory wire, cut about 3 inches of it and curl the end into a small circle to act as a stop for the beads and then thread on normal small beads until there is about 1/4″ left on the wire(i bought my beads at wal-mart and a specialty beads store). After all the beads are on, crimp the other end of the wire to keep the beads from falling off either way. Now you’re left with a straight stick of beads, so what I did, was wrap it around my finger to make it into a spiral and now it can easily thread around the base of the wine glass. With the loops on either end also, it is very easy to attach some sort of charm to it for an added embellishment. I wish I had pictures of it, but I can’t seem to find any of them.

  • 15 Ness Wytcherley // Oct 4, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Wow what another great idea! And the comment suggesting shrinky dinks! Wow.

  • 16 Katie // Nov 11, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Love the idea :)

  • 17 Leslie // Dec 3, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    My sister has these on her wish list. I couldn’t find any I really liked. I was thinking of trying to make some myself, this just makes it that much easier!!! Thanks :)

  • 18 Sally // Dec 10, 2007 at 10:29 am

    These were so easy and a blast to make. I made my charms with a few more beads on each one and I also included pewter grape charms to dress them up even a little more. Later I tried with some base metal silver colored charms in other shapes, ie. wine glass, wine bottle, wine goblets, more grapes, etc. All worked well. I put the charms in little metal tins and make stickers for the top of the tin that says, “Charming Vintage”. I put each tin into a draw string pouch with shiney silver stars on it. These will be great stocking stuffers!

  • 19 Donavan // Jan 21, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Hi there, I really love this idea, thank you so much!! Question though I can’t seem to find the hoops that you got for the amazing deal, any direction will be greatfully apperciated!!

    Donavan

  • 20 Carolyna // Jan 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Does anyone know where I can find discount/bulk pewter charms to put on my wine markers? I have looked all over and haven’t been able to find pewter grapes at a decent price. I need to make about 100 of these wine markers for a friends wedding and she doesn’t have the budget to spend too much on them. Any suggestions?

  • 21 Kathy // Feb 6, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    You can find hoops here:
    https://www.rings-things.com/cgi-bin/hazel/hazel.cgi?action=search&SEARCH_KEY_TERMS=42-211&SUBMIT_ACTION_SEARCH.x=19&SUBMIT_ACTION_SEARCH.y=15

    AND on e-Bay.

    They’re not as cheap as the $9/100 as stated here, but not bad prices.

  • 22 Susan Scarnato // Jun 2, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Thanks for the wine glass charms lesson

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  • 24 Dave Robertson // Oct 24, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Thanks to all of you for mentioning us. We appreciate this! :-)

    Dave
    at Rings & Things

  • 25 Elaine // Nov 7, 2008 at 8:33 am

    I work at an arts and crafts store, so people are often asking how to do things. Thanks for the easy instructions that I can pass along to my customers!

  • 26 Mel // Nov 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I am having a family gathering and thank you so much for the idea. It turned out so cute and even had left over beads to put them on place cards to match the wine glass at their setting. Thanks again for the cheap but cute idea. I bought everything at Michael’s Craft Store to help others with the idea.

  • 27 Lau // Nov 13, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    The small things are the ones that makes the difference

  • 28 Lisa // Dec 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I went to JewelrySupply.com and found the exact same base metal silver hoops, WH002, for 1.74 each! It looks like you were able to get them for .09 each. Do you think they’ve raised their prices, or am I looking in the wrong place?
    Thanks!

  • 29 saoirse // Apr 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

    My sister is getting married in july, and I am looking for some quirkey charms as she has given me the job of wedding favors, I thought these would be a good idea but I am having difficulty finding these. Can anyone tell me where I could find these? I enjoyed reading all your comments.

  • 30 Dave at Rings & Things // May 29, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Hi, just a note (since we were mentioned above) that Rings & Things upgraded its online store, so we now have this address:

    Cheers!

    –Dave
    (@Rings_Things on Twitter)

  • 31 Jane // Jun 29, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I save old jewelry or find it in thrift shops. Look for pieces that have bits that will work as “hanging” charms. Fun, easy and inexpensive. Use a small tool to take the jewelry apart, taking care to bend the connecting hoops only slightly. Add a “charm” to your hoop with a small bead on each side!

  • 32 Leila // Jul 20, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    What a great and easy idea

  • 33 Liz // Jul 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I made some wine charms for my best friend as part of her gift for her bridal shower. They were a hit! I kept up a wine them for her gift…glasses, bottle opener, and the charms. I got all my supplies from Hobby Lobby, I think they have the earring hoops mentioned above. I used memory wire, glass beads and wedding-related charms. So cute!!!!

  • 34 Bethani // Aug 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Fire Mountain Gems is a great resource online to find supplies — they have the hoops and a vast selection of beads and lots of charms, where you can order in bulk, if you need to. It seems as though their prices are even a bit more competitive, too, than most of the other sites I’ve looked at.

  • 35 Laura // Sep 28, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I’d like to try these but with magnetic rings (I find the others much too difficult to attach — can’t see well enough)….any ideas on where to find magnetic rings?

    Like the idea of memory wire but have never worked with it…

  • 36 Seo // Oct 30, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Thanks for unique idea!
    Being tired that wine glasses on every party looks the same…

  • 37 Lexy // Nov 13, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I’m getting married soon and wanted to make glass charms for everyone’s glasses. ^_^

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  • 39 silver bead queen // Dec 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    love your website, these are absolutely great for wedding and birthday favors, thank you for the idea :)
    please visit my site also http://www.snazzycat.com thanks again and happy holidays :)))

  • 40 T.C. // Dec 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    excellent, i will use this idea for a baby shower instead. wow, didnt think it is that simple. now i just have to find baby charms. thanks a bunch

  • 41 katie // Dec 18, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I found really cute charms at http://www.ChubbyChicoCharms.com little wine bottles and cheese. Very cute and under $0.45 each.

  • 42 Shannon // Dec 28, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I have been searching for earring hoops to buy in bulk for cheap and I cant find anything. Anyone have some sites they can suggest?

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  • 44 roisin healy // Jan 12, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Hi,
    Can you help me source the rings for the charms from a wholesaler . I live in Ireland . Your directions for making the charms are fantastic by the way – very clearly laid out
    Many Thanks
    Roisin

  • 45 Peggy // Jan 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I made a set for my daughter for Christmas. I bought the beads that look like leaves and also some deep puple ones. Some of the rings have two leaves and a grape, and some have a string of grapes…each is different.They really turned out great and they match my daughters Italian theme.
    I put them in a basket with a bottle of wine, cheese, a loaf of bagette and some dipping sauce.
    Thanks for the great idea!

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  • 47 JanB // Jun 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Great idea…. where did you get the rings?

  • 48 Nicole // Aug 19, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I just found this site, and this charm idea is exactly what I was looking for. I made some for visitors we had staying with us from Africa, and I used little letters to spell their names on each charm…they loved them !! Thanks again!
    Nicole from NB, Canada

  • 49 Lachon // Sep 13, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Where an I purchase the base metal hoops?

  • 50 megan // Sep 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Lachon – You can find them at pretty much any beading store, and I’ve also seen them in the beading/jewelry section of craft stores. The findings shown here are very basic and should come inexpensively.

  • 51 Lachon // Sep 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Where can I purchase the glass topped favor containers ?

  • 52 Kara // Oct 28, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I am looking for magnetic charms for wine glasses. (1) round magnet goes inside glass and the other side, outside glass. The outside magnet has a ring to attach string of beads or a charm. Has anyone seen these. I can only find finished sets for high price

  • 53 Linda // Nov 2, 2010 at 9:05 am

    you can find the magnetic’s at Joanns fabric shop, real reasonable and nice………

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  • 55 arleene // Nov 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Love this idea. My daughter-in-law wants a set with their initial on it. Couldn’t find anything, but with this idea, I’ll find the initial charms at the craft store, and put a bead on either side of the initial. I think this will look great. So excited to have found this idea here. Thanks!!!!

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  • 58 Tina // Jun 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I bought wire rings and Christmas charms from Primitivebeads.com and made wine charms for all my girlfriends for Christmas. I used all the same beads for each set with a different color/shaped charm. They were a huge hit. I bought beads at numerous places.

  • 59 dee // Sep 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks, Arleene! I used your idea & made personalized gifts for the bridal shower! Added a wedding ring charm on the bride’s!! Sooo cute!!!

  • 60 Sue J // Nov 20, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Hello I just wanted to say thank you for your pics it is a great idea as I had bought some hoops but never made them now I am thinking of xmas presents they are a great idea

  • 61 tida // Dec 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I Love this!!! i’ve been making wine glass charms recently, but has had a hard time finding rings to make them. the earring thing is great!

  • 62 Ruthie // Dec 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Did not read all reviews but how about using old charms or an earring whose double has been lost????

  • 63 Jane // Jan 19, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Wow this is such a neat idea, thank you!

  • 64 Mary Beth // Apr 25, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Thanks for the tips on where to find the wire, etc. I am using the ends of old wine corks, free at my house :-), for the charms. I am using some that have a design on them and will put initials on others. Will let you know how it goes! I love the idea of favors for weddings etc. I used “unused” wine corks for my name place holders and this would have been a great addition! The name place cards had their full name and table # on one side and their first name on the other side for others at their table to be able to see. They were so cute!

  • 65 Trudi Bannister // May 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Awesome – thank you. I’m having my 40th party on Sat night, so have made charms with each persons name on it, with beads with letters on them. They look fantastic – I’m thrilled. I’ll have a champagne glass with everyone’s name on it at the ready as they arrive. Each person can change their charm to a wine glass, if they change beverages. Thanks so much!

  • 66 Melanie // May 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    This is so simple, it’s ridiculous! :D

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    I love the wine charms–I have tried to make them myself but can’t seem to do them justice. Nice touch and growing in popularity.

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    Hi! Just wanted to let u know how much I enjoyed your tutorial! I recently had the idea of using wine charms to make charms for small bottles and vases – - – and when I searched for “wine charms” your tutorial was the SIMPLY THE BEST!

    I just posted a tutorial on bottle charms and included a link to your post.

    Thanks so much for the clear concise directions!

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  • 72 Ellen Renfro // Aug 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Love these. We made then last year as give aways at the festival and we plan to do it again this year. Everyone loved them. It only took about 2 hours to make 100 of them! making 500 this year.

  • 73 Mary // Dec 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I saw this post and was inspired to make my own wedding favors (and then open up my “Charmed By Wine” etsy shop afterwards!!). I found using memory wire was easier and more durable than the more flexible wire. It also eliminates the need for a clasp, which is good for less nimble hands =)

  • 74 Nancy // Feb 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Does anyone know where to find wine rings that are sturdy and less expensive than 30 cents/ring? Thanks

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    This is amazing! I was going to buy a bunch of these to give to my bridesmaids and then I realized how costly it would be to do that. I then found this blog and LOVE the idea. DIY and cheap, that all is perfect in my book, and no one will know the difference! Thank you for sharing.

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  • 77 Katie // May 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Do you know where I can get heart-shaped wine charm hoops? Saw on etsy, but expensive there!

  • 78 megan // May 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Katie – I have no idea, but those sound adorable!

  • 79 Katie // Nov 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks, clear advice, lots of pics. Easy project for a bridal shower favor!

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