Wine Charms (Or it's never to early to start making Christmas Presents)
Hand-made Christmas gifts are a Cocktail Mom tradition. It may only be September but it is never to soon to start. Over the next few weeks my plan is to demo some of the Holiday gifts I have made in recent years that were a big hit.
It can be very complicated and overwhelmingly time consuming if you try to make a completely unique gift for every person on your Holiday Gift List. Each year Gretchen and I each try to create one gift that we can "mass produce" for several different people. This gift has to be fun to make (or why bother), it has to be reasonably price to make (or why bother), and it has to serve a purpose or be useful to the person that is going to receive it. In other words, I try very hard not to give presents that are just going to junk peoples' homes.
Wine Charms aren't exactly on a list of things that people must have, but they are fairly useful - as anyone who has ever mixed-up their glass of wine at a party with someone else knows. These charms are simple to make.
You will need:
6-8 hoop earrings
6-8 different charms or different color beads
A pair of needle nose pilers
A decorative box or pouch to present them in
I like to use charms over beads because when each guest arrives they get to have the pleasure of picking out their charm for the night. Sort of like picking out your Monopoly piece at the beginning of a game.
When you purchase the hoop earrings they will look like this:
With the needle nose pilers bend back the end of the earring that does not have a hole about 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch to a right angle:
Slip on a charm and you're done. It's so easy that I usually drink some wine while I'm making them. That's what makes me a Cocktail Mom.
Of course these make great anytime presents and are great for just about everyone except of course people who don't drink!
Drink responsibly and remember - Don't Craft and Drive!