Are you tired of being cooped up in the house yet? Are you tired of watching Netflix, eating too many carbs and drinking too much wine? LOL. I know…the last one isn’t possible. How about…are you tired of drinking wine by yourself? If so, invite some friends over. Throw a wine tasting party! There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than with friends and a little alcohol. 🙂 Only problem is…with everyone hanging out, listening to music, talking and maybe playing a few games, you know what’s going to happen. You’re going to set your glass down along with three others and think, ‘crap…which one is mine?’ Well, DON’T do that! Take a little time this weekend and make yourself some wine glass charms from corks you already have lying around. They’re super easy, I promise!
- Cork slices
- Mod Podge
- Acrylic Paint (background color)
- Ink for Stamps
- Wire Earring Hoops
- Wire Jump Rings
- Protective Spray
Phase 1: Cutting your corks into slices
1. Steam your corks. It’s so much easier to slice them once they’re steamed. I placed mine in a steamer with the lid on for 10 minutes. Once the timer was done, I let it sit on the stove but turned the burner off.
2. One cork at a time, slice them into pieces about 1/8 inch thick. I tried several types of knives at first and discovered my bread knife worked the best. So I actually got out the electric bread knife and it was super easy to cut the cork!
3. Let them dry.
Phase 2: Making the charms
1. Using a paint brush, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the side you’ll be painting. This helps create a seal for the paint to stick to. Otherwise you’ll need more coats of paint. Allow the pieces to dry, about 15 minutes. Go grab yourself a cup of coffee, switch the laundry or start dinner. Just do something so you’re not staring at the pieces…waiting…
2. Paint the base color using acrylic paint. Be careful not to paint the edges (unless you want them painted). Allow the paint to dry.
3. While the first coat is drying, get your wire ready.
To open the jump rings, I typically use two sets of flat nose pliers. I put one pair on one side of the cut, the other pair on the other side of the cut and being careful not to pull out, I pull the ends away from each other (one forward and one back.)
On the end of the hoop is a loop (haha, that was fun). Use the flat pliers to twist the loop and bend it as shown.
4. Drill the holes using a drill with a small bit (just large enough for the wire to fit through). Do this away from your work area, as it’s a little messy and you don’t want bits of cork getting into your painted pieces. (I recommend trying this out on a scrap piece or piece you haven’t painted yet, to get a feel for drilling through cork.)
5. Put a second coat of paint on your cork charms. Again, allow it to dry, roughly 15 minutes.
6. Use stamps to put whatever design you desire on your pieces. I think it’s fun to do a theme but feel free to make them whatever you want! The more different the designs, the easier it will be for everyone to know whose glass is whose anyway. Right?
7. Depending on the type of ink you use, you may need to allow the stamp design to dry quite a while, possibly 30 – 45 minutes. Ink from a pad doesn’t dry like acrylic paint does.
8. Once the charms are dry, spray with a protective spray. I used Krylon Clear Matte protective spray. I don’t recommend brushing on a protective medium like Mod Podge as it may smear your ink. I learned the hard way.
9. Attach the jump rings to the loops on the hoops and you’re good to go!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you decide to make some charms, please be sure to let me know! Leave a comment below. Have a great weekend!