The Olympics are here! If you’re hosting a Wine Olympics Party or just having some friends over to watch the Olympics together, you’ll want to have a way to identify everyone’s wineglass. These DIY Olympic-themed wine charms add a little flair to the festivities. Better yet, wine charms are easy to make!
You can find a Make Your Own Shrinky Dinks kit by Creativity for Kids (Faber-Castell) at many craft stores for about $6 retail. The kit includes blank Shrinky Dink film, colored pencils, a small hole punch, and jump rings. If you don’t need a kit, you can also purchase Shrinky Dink film separately.
How to Make Olympic Wine Charms
- Olympic Wine Charm template
- Shrinky Dink plastic film
- Colored pencils
- Hole punch
- Baking sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Needle nose pliers
- Jewelry jump rings – available at craft stores in jewelry section
- Hoop earring wires – available at craft stores in jewelry section
- Colored beads (optional)
- Download the free printable Olympic Wine Charm template and print it out. Decide which charms you want to make.
- Place the Shrinky Dink plastic with the rough side up on top of the template you want to trace. Draw the template onto the plastic and color it in with the colored pencils. Try to maximize your use of the plastic and fit your drawings as closely as possible.
- Use scissors to cut out your drawings. Use the hole punch to make a hole — this is very important. If you forget this, you won’t actually have a charm. You’ll just have a little hard piece of plastic!
- Place your shapes rough-side up on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake them according the the Shrinky Dink instructions. This should only take a few minutes for them to shrink up into hard plastic pieces with a hole in it. Allow to cool.
- Open a jump ring and thread it through the hole in the plastic charm. Close the jump ring.
- Assemble your wine charms by threading the jump ring with plastic charm and optional beads onto a earring hoop. Use the pliers to grab the straight end of the earring hoop about 1/4″ from the end and bend it upwards to make a right angle.
- Slip the wine charm loop around the stem of a wine glass and close it by slipping the bent end through the small hole at the other end of the earring hoop.