Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wine Glass Charms

I received a gift certificate to purchase the items used in this project as a "Random Craft of Kindness campaign.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

A couple of weeks ago, the kids and I went to a store closing sale.  It was a local art store that also had kid toys and craft kits.  I was super sad to see it close, but also excited for the deals I was getting.  The line to check out was similar to those you see on Black Friday.  It was looooong.  I had both kids with me and of course after 5 minutes they were getting antsy.  I had started making small talk with the woman in front of me.  I made a comment about a little wooden tool kit she had in her arms and said I would love to get one for my son and that I would need to come back without the kids to buy it.  

When it was finally our turn to check out, the cashier pushed the wooden tool kit in my direction and said, "the lady who just checked out said she wanted to give this to your son."  My heart swelled.  I looked around for the lady to thank her, but the cashier said she bolted.  I had become a "victim" of a Random Act of Kindness.  When I was approached to work this campaign, A Random Craft of Kindness, I took it without hesitation because I wanted to do my own pay it forward.  

So Consumer Crafts gave me a gift card and asked I buy supplies to make crafts that I could give away.  And that is exactly what I did.  I settled on my project and picked 6 friends to send them to. 

This is my "haul." 

Washi tape found here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here
and not shown, some cards, here and here, that were on clearance too.

I had been wanting to try Mod Podge Melts for AGES and when I saw they were for sale on Consumer Crafts' site, I added them to my cart instantly, with no idea what I would do with them.  Oh and don't mind the stacks of washi tape, they were on clearance for $1 a roll (for most).  I couldn't resist. 

I spent a couple of days getting the hang of using the Melts.  It was a little more difficult than I had expected, but after a few test runs, I caught my stride.  It wasn't until after I had three sets of these little frames made that I new what I would make.  

We had just spent Saturday night at a friend's house where we had dinner and wine.  Three times I had set my wine glass down and couldn't remember which was mine.  While making these frames, I suddenly thought, had I had these last Saturday, I could have put them on the stem of my glass and would have known which one was mine.  

What followed was pure genius.  

Once they were all painted, I took them to the garage and spray painted them with some high gloss spray paint.  Then I did something unexpected, for me that is.  I covered them in glitter.  Yes.  Glitter. I hate glitter.  But I felt that they need some sparkle so glitter it was.  When they were all dried, I took my Xacto knife and cut them open on one side so you can wrap them around the stem of a glass.  

Of course I couldn't stop with just the frames, I made some little charms too and hot glued them to small cuts of PVC pipe.  They look like rings, but actually, they are wine glass charms too!

And here are the PVC pipe wine glass charms.

Next on the docket was figuring out how to get these charms to my friends.  I hoped on to my Silhouette program and designed up these cards with the word "Enjoy" on the edge, because that's exactly what I want my friends to do, enjoy them. 

When all the cards were cut out, I added a holiday themed backing with some glue.  Then I used some rubber cement to hold them.  

When all was said and done, I stuck them in envelopes and mailed them to my friends.  I really hope they enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.  It makes me smile to think that I was able to do something nice for people I enjoy having in my life.  

Have you fallen "victim" to a Random Act of Kindness?  Leave a comment with your story, I would love to hear it!

You can keep up with Consumer Crafts at all of their social media sites.  I encourage you to do so since they have SMOKING deals on crafting supplies.  I will continue to be a loyal customer to them!

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  1. great ideas, as always.

  2. A couple of weeks ago I had someone pay for my breakfast in front of me at a fast food joint I shouldn't have been eating at so I won't shame myself by telling you which McOne. It was super nice. So I ended up paying it forward by picking up the bill behind me. I hope the chain continued. On another note, I'm intrigued by the Mod Podge Melts. Will have to check them out. I've been crafting a lot more lately. I totally blame...ahem...I mean THANK you for that. :)

  3. So cute! I have been dying to try Mod Podge melts - they look like so much fun!

    Great gift! (And I love how you presented them!)

  4. How creative!!!! I purchased the mod podge melts too, it took a little practice, but I love the idea of creating wine glass charms! The colors you chose are awesome!

  5. Those wine charms are super creative! Such a great use for the Mod Melts & molds!


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