- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
We’re having an intimate destination wedding, and our families are meeting each other for the first time. I wanted to make a small conversation piece that guests could take home with them, as well as something to talk about as a conversation starter. I thought of wine rings, and built on some ideas I’ve seen for conversation starters on tables. We’re not having formal tables, it’s a luncheon at a cottage, so tabletop conversation starters are kind of “out.” Instead, I made tags and wrote something personal and specific for each guest. Each wine ring will have two tags. The more personal and funny, the better, IMHO! Our wedding is pretty casual, but if you wanted you could use only wedding colors and fancy glass beads, they would turn out really nice.
I used cardstock and cut it in 1/4 inch strips, then glued one side of the strip (gluestick was the easiest) and folded it in half for stability. Next, I measured about 1.75 inches, cut the strips, and punched 1/8 holes really carefully near the edge. I wrote out all the tags, then hung them on a hanger with twist ties. I painted them all in Mod-Podge, let them dry overnight, then sprayed them with Krylon spray to let them dry out. The next step was punching rivets in the holes. After all the rivets were in place, I used jewelry pliers to take apart a metal chain and slipped each tag on the end of 3 chain links.
I’m sending these to my mom, who kindly offered to do the beading part of the project. She’s going to string glass beads and the tags onto jewelry wire, and shape it so it will “hug” the bottom of the glass. Another option is to use small to medium sized hoops with a clasp at the end (kind of like earrings) – these can be found at any craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.