Ear to the Ground: The Insider Dirt to Gardening in Upstate NY

Wood Slice Wine Charms

by cathym on December 3, 2018

by Cathy Monrad

Keeping track of one’s glass of wine at holiday parties is always a challenge. These adorable wine charms will help your fellow oenophiles distinguish which glass belongs to them.

MATERIALS FOR EACH CHARM
1 wood slice, approximately 1 inch in diameter and 1/2 inch thick
1 screw eye, 4 x 15 mm
1 stemware loop, 25 mm
Embellishment such as a small sticker
Acrylic sealer

TOOLS
Sandpaper
Hammer
Small nail or wire brad
Pliers
Paintbrush

1. Sand both faces of wood slices until smooth.

2. Use hammer to tap the nail into the edge of the wood slice to make a starter hole for screw eye.

3. Use pliers to remove nail. Start twisting screw eye into hole by hand. Once started, clasp screw eye with pliers and twist wood slice by hand until tight and the screw eye is perpendicular to wood slice as shown in figure 1.

Figure 1

4. Embellish one side of wood slice as desired. I used bird stickers, but if you have an artistic gene, you could hand draw a different design on each with markers.

5. Use paint brush to coat charm with acrylic sealer on both sides and around the edges.

6. Slip stemware loop through screw eye and afix to wine glass stem.

PROJECT NOTES
– Not feeling artsy? Use chalboard paint. Simply bypass step 4 and go on to step 5. After the acrylic sealer has dried completely, paint one wood slice face with 2 or 3 coats of chalkboard paint and let dry completely. With a piece of chalk, write a guest’s name or initials on each charm.

– Not into wine? Use a larger diameter wood slice to create an ornament, then use any technique you desire to create a unique holiday keepsake. Instead of a stemware loop, use ribbon or twine to create a hanger.

Cathy Monrad is the graphic designer and the self-proclaimed garden crafter for the Upstate Gardeners’ Journal.

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