19th Sep2011


Do It yourself Wine Charms

by Dinah Wulf

Did you know that September is California wine month? Me neither…

Since writing a DIY blog, I’m constantly looking for DIY projects both big and small.  One of my best friends is getting married and her family and I are hosting a wine tasting theme party for her for her bridal shower.  For the favors, I decided to give away the wine glass with a personalized wine charm with each guest’s initials.  Making custom-made do it yourself wine charms is an inexpensive way to personalize a wine tasting party.

These disposable do it yourself wine charms are very quick and easy to make. The materials needed are as follows:

  • Decorative paper and blank card stock
  • Craft punch in two sizes (I used a 1” diameter circle and a ½”
    diameter circle punch
  • Small hole punch
  • Decoupage medium
  • Paint brush
  • Wire earring hoops
  • Computer (optional)
  • Double sided tape (optional)

I have also made blank charms as well.  That way, your guests can write down or initial their own name.

Step One: Punch out desired amount of 1” circles.

Step Two: Punch out desired amount of ½” circles.  For this tutorial, I printed and punched guest initials for the front and a personalized message and date for the back.

Step Three: Use double sided tape or decoupage medium to adhere 1/2” Circles to 1” circles.  I find it easier and less messy to use double sided tape.

Step Four: Punch small hole in the top of each charm and fasten an earring hoop onto each charm.

Step Five: Use decoupage medium to seal each side.  Paint two coats on each side, allowing the glue to dry completely in between each coat (approximately 15 minutes).

Note: When applying the decoupage, the circle will curl, however after two coats are dried on both sides, the charm will flatten.

Tip: If you are making blank charms, skip step three. Then after you paint on your second coat, lay the ½” circle on top of the wet second coat and allow it to dry.

Click here to view the DIY tutorial for the matching invitations for this wine tasting party.

 

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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6 Responses to “Do It yourself Wine Charms”

  • Jen Stevens

    This is a great idea… I love that they are disposable. I like the idea of keeping the wine charm blank and having the guests write their own initials or name on it.

  • Megan

    Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial. I would like to make these for my wedding, Can you tell me what tool you used to make the tiny hole for the earring hoops? Also did you use a matte or gloss finish on the decoupage? Thanks again

    • Hi Megan! Thank you so much. I used a gloss finish for these. I’ve made them for 2 bridal showers and they were a hit. For the small hole, I used a craft punch. You can purchase them at any craft store for about two dollars. This one was small with two sized holes. I have also seen them in variety packs with different shapes. Also check the dollar bins at Michael’s Craft Store. Send me some pictures if you end up doing it! I’d love to post it! Good luck! Dinah

  • Megan

    Thanks so much for the reply. I hate to be a pest but I have two more questions. I went to the craft store today and got all of the supplies, except I couldnt fnd the earring hoops. The only ones they had were sterling silver in a 2 pack. That could get pricey. I will try another store this weekend. Where do you normally get your hoops? Also I was just curious what does the Mod Podge do? I bought the glossy as you suggested but I was just curious..can this step be skipped or does it make it more sturdy? Thanks again and sorry to be a pest. I am excited to have fuond your blog and look forward to “borrowing” some other ideas. I will post pictures of my charms when I am all done.

    • No problem! You’re not a pest AT ALL! The hoops are actually earring findings. Check in the jewelry section. You should get a pack of about 40-50 for about $5ish. The decoupage does make it a little more sturdy. It can be skipped. I added it in case they got wet, or the guests would like to keep them. :) I’m so happy you love the blog!!! Thank you SO much… it means a lot to me!! :)

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