Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Although my days of Trick or Treating are long over, I still like to celebrate this spooky evening eating copious amounts of candy, watching scary movies, and of course, dressing up and having a few friends over! To help create a bit of atmosphere I like to light candles in pumpkin lanterns, hang up fake spider webs (or leave the real ones!), and I love making a few Halloween themed wine charms so people can keep track of their drinks!

For this week’s tip I put together six wine charms that are inexpensive, quick, and easy to make! With only a few charms, jump rings, hoop earrings, and Swarovski bicone beads I was able to create the perfect little accessory for a Halloween party! All you need to know is how to open and close a jump ring and have two pairs of chain nose pliers!You can make these wine charms in just a few easy steps! Grasp the jump ring on either side of the opening with two pairs of chain nose pliers. Open the jump ring by moving one side towards you and the other side away from you. Attach a charm onto your jump ring.

Wine Markers: Step 1 Wine Markers: Step 2 Wine Markers: Step 3

To close your jump ring, grasp the jump ring on either side of the opening with two pairs of chain nose pliers. Move the sides of the jump ring back and forth, moving the two sides closer together. Continue moving the pliers back and forth until the sides of the jump ring are touching and the jump ring is closed.

Wine Markers: Step 4 Wine Markers: Step 5 Wine Markers: Step 6

Slide several of the beads on the beading hoop. Slide your charm onto the beading hoop. Slide several more beads onto the beading hoop.

Wine Markers: Step 7 Wine Markers: Step 8 Wine Markers: Step 9

Using your chain nose pliers, grasp a small amount of the wire at the end of your beading hoop. Bend the wire up at a right angle. To hook the wine marker around the stem of your wine glass, insert the end of the wire into the loop of the beading hoop.

Wine Markers: Step 10 Wine Markers: Step 11 Wine Markers: Step 12

And just like that, you have the perfect little accessory for your party!

Have a safe and spooky Halloween, and thanks for tuning in to this week’s Tips & Tricks!

Happy Beading!

-Zoe

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