Beaded Dollar Store Wine Glasses

Now, I know some of you out there would never, ever cheap out on wine, or what kind of glass you drink it from.  That’s cool.  I get it.  I’m not a wine aficionado myself.  That means my wine glasses are from the dollar store, because they only come out of the glass rack a few times a year anyway.  (Oh, but my martini glass collection? Different story altogether.)  Whichever kind of fan you are, though – this is a fun way to dress up the stem of your fancy glass.  I thought beading the stem of the glass would be a fun alternative to wine charms, and a way to add color and flair.  See, I’m not much of a painter – I’m a beader.  So beads it is for me.  If you’re the same (or just like the look!) then I’ll show you today how to add beads to a wine glass.

Beaded Dollar Store Wine Glasses at www.happyhourprojects.com

What you will need:

Beaded Dollar Store Wine Glasses at www.happyhourprojects.com

  • A wine glass
  • Size 6/0 seed beads
  • 18-gauge wire (I like silver-plated copper)
  • Wire cutters and (possibly your jewelry pliers for securing the very edges)

First, cut a length of wire about 4 feet long.  I know that sounds like a lot but keep in mind we will be going around the glass several times, because the beads are not that wide.

Wrap your wire around the base of your glass about 3 times.  You may find it won’t stay put, but that’s okay, it can rotate for now.

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String on some beads.  LOTS of beads.  Like a couple feet.  You can do this a little at a time, and wrap as you go, or all at once – it won’t really matter.

Beaded Dollar Store Wine Glasses at www.happyhourprojects.com

When you’ve got your beads on, wrap the beaded wire around the stem.  I find it easiest to hold the beaded wire steady, and rotate the glass itself, but hey – if you have an easier technique, go for it!  When you get to the top, wrap your wire around the stem several times to finish it off.  Trim off any excess.

Beaded Dollar Store Wine Glasses at www.happyhourprojects.com

You might notice above that the very end of the wire sticks out ever so slightly.  Visually that’s no big deal but we are talking about something that people will have in their hands or may catch on a sleeve, so be sure you have it firmly around the glass.  Use your pliers if you need to to press it all the way against the glass.

And that’s it!

Beaded Dollar Store Wine Glasses at www.happyhourprojects.com

You can make each glass the same to match a party color scheme, or you can use a different color theme for each to help identify glasses.  It’s quick and it’s an inexpensive way to make your glasses unique.

So I have to ask – are you a wine fan?  What’s your favorite?

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Comments

  1. Crystal says

    Love it! So pretty! I have plain wine glasses that we drink out of so this is going to be a great way to add some pizzazz. I just can’t see spending $20+ on one cutely decorated wine glass. Thanks for the great idea and tutorial!!

  2. says

    This is awesome, love it! I am a red wine lover, not fussy on type of glass though! ;) My favourite wine is Apothic red, it’s a Californian blend… YUMMO! I’m totally a light weight ref martinis, we had a martini girls night once, ya lets just say I don’t remember going to bed! :/ Not my finest moment!

  3. says

    I’m not a big wine drink but, I am a big tablescaper so, I love what you have done with the beads! I can see dressing up my glasses as needed! Thanks for the inspiration Adrianne!

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