Tired of hearing, "Is that my glass?" at gatherings? End the confusion by creating simple charms that will help everyone hang on to their own drink.
Step 1: Choose charms Choose ornaments for your glasses; craft stores and jewelry-making web sites offer a variety of beads and charms. Or, cut 2-inch by 1/2-inch strips of poster paper, punch a hole in each, and personalize them with guests’ names, stickers, or festive sayings.
TIP: If you have a drill with a small bit, consider making your own charms out of old board-game pieces.
Step 2: Cut pieces of wire Using a wire cutter, trim the memory wire, available online and at craft stores, into approximately 3/4-inch to 1-inch long pieces.
TIP: You can use plain wire hoop earrings instead of memory wire. Just bend the straight end of the wire around the stem.
Step 3: Form hoops Form them into hoops by wrapping them around a cylindrical object a little larger than the size you want the charm to be. Leave 1/4-inch of extra wire on each end, which you’ll use later to form a clasp.
Step 4: Add some charm Personalize each hoop by stringing a charm, bead, or tag onto it. Or fill an entire hoop with small beads or charms.
Step 5: Create a clasp Using the needle-nose pliers, bend the wire back on both ends of the hoop to create two hooks. Slide the hoop around the stem and secure it by interlocking those tiny hooks.
Step 6: Drink up! Enjoy your glass of wine secure in the knowledge that it is, in fact, yours!
FACT: The average 5-ounce glass of wine – red or white – contains about 120 calories.