Monday, November 2, 2009

Thanksgiving Wine Glass Charms!

Hi Peeps!

I'm still shaking my head at the thought that it's November already . . . how is it that time flies by so flippin' fast?!! And don't even get me started on how freaked out I am that Christmas is only a few short weeks away. Aaaccckkkk!!!

It'll be a quiet Thanksgiving for us this year. My oldest daughter and her husband will be staying in Washington, and my inlaws will be traveling to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. So it'll just be my youngest daughter, my niece, and maybe my sister and her boyfriend. It'll be weird, but kinda nice, too. We usually have 14-16 for dinner, so I'm kinda looking forward to not having to cook for so many. KWIM? But I will definitely miss having more family here.

Even though there will only be a few of us for dinner, I still wanted to make up some fun little additions to my tablescape to jazz things up a bit. I'll be sharing them with you over the next couple of days. My first Thanksgiving-themed project that I'll be sharing with you is some Wine Glass charms.

Remember THESE that I made up for Halloween? Well, I really wanted to make some for Thanksgiving, too. Shirley's 2 Girls has once again come up with some of the most adorable digital images, all ready for printing and using for gift tags, napkin rings, or just about anything yo can think of - the possibilities are endless. I used the Giblets 2 (SG 307).

Want to know how to make these for your tablescape? Here are some step by step pictures and instructions for you to make your own. Enjoy!!

STEP ONE: Once you've purchased your images (which can be found HERE), print them out onto Ink Jet Shrink Film. The brand I used here is from Grafix and it's clear. I found it at my local art store, but I believe it can also be purchased online or at Michael's (although that brand is called Shrinky Dink).

STEP TWO: Cut out your images using sharp scissors, cutting close to the lines.

STEP THREE: Punch a hole at the top of the image using a 1/4" hole punch.

STEP FOUR: Place something to hold the shrink plastic in place (I used a piercing tool) through the punched hole, and heat up with a heat embossing tool. Hold it relatively close to the shrink plastic, long enough for it to shrink, wrinkle up, and eventually lay flat. Be careful not to overheat, as it will burn.

STEP FIVE: After letting the shrunken image cool, color with permanent markers. I used Copic markers to color mine.

STEP SIX: Add a jump ring to the hole in the shrunken image (I purchased mine from Michael's in the jewelry making section). Add various glass beads (I purchased several different colors of beads from Michael's in the bead area) to silver plated wine charm hoops. I purchased a bag of 100 HERE. Using pliers, bend the end of the wire to keep the beads on the hoop.

That's it! Easy peasy!!

Here's a picture of the materials that I used. You'll notice that there are some items included in the photo that don't apply to this project. They apply to the other two projects that I'll share with you on Wednesday, okay?

Please come by tomorrow as I'll have another Christmas card to share with you! Thanks so much for stopping by today.


Terri said...

Girl, you are my Shrinky Dink hero...these are so stinkin' cute! Love the idea, but I am SD challenged because mine never even come out flat. I also find it interesting that you color AFTER you shrink, I have always done it I may have to try this technique again! TFS your darling ideas, my friend~

Shirleys2Girls said...

K...great tutorial! even i might try it...TFS! D

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

These are sooo cute!!! I love making wine charms but don't do them often........I need to make some more!!

Alex said...

THANK YOU! This is just fabulous!!!

Jaspere said...

These are awesome. Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us.