Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Project - Paper Wine Glass Markers

If you were born in the Year of the Rooster, you are hard-working but love to dine. If that's true for you, celebrate the Chinese New Year in style. In no time at all, you can create Asian-style paper tags or markers for all your guests' wine glasses. Here are some easy instructions. ~ by Kim M. Bayne

Paper Wine Glass Marker

Materials & Tools List
  • 8.5 by 11-inch Piece of Sturdy Red Card Stock or Heavy Paper

  • Asian Character Rubber Stamp, like Chinese Calligraphy 907J by All Night Media

  • Dark Water-Based Dye Ink Stamp Pad, like Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up

  • Circle or Oval Paper Cutting Tools, like Custom Cutting System - Small Oval Pattern, and Blade by Creative Memories
  • Self-Healing Cutting Surface, like Cutting Mat by Creative Memories
  • Craft Knife and Blades, like X2000 Knife by X-Acto
  • Straight Metal-Edged Ruler with a Cork Bottom

  • Hand-Held 1/8-inch Hole Puncher, like Round Punchline Punch 52400 by McGill Inc.
  • Thin Wooden Bamboo Sticks, Found in the Ethnic Food Section of Most Grocery Stores

  • Handheld Pliers with a Cutting Function (for the Bamboo Stick), like Wire Cutters by Artistic Wire

  • Glue Stick, like Bond*Fast by LePage / Manco, Inc.

  • Paint Pen in Gold, like 18 kt. Gold Leafing Pen by Krylon

  • Black Shiny Card Stock

  • The Steps
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    1. Using the black pad, ink your Chinese calligraphy stamp liberally. Stamp the image on a piece of red card stock. Repeat for each image.

    2. I recommend using a cutting mat underneath your stamped card stock to protect surfaces before cutting. Center your cutting tool in the middle of the stamped image then cut an oval or circle shape out of the cardstock. Cut a circle in the middle for the wine glass stem.

    3. You will need a slit in the paper ring so you can fit the tag onto your wine glass stem. Using a straight edge and craft knife, cut one slit from the middle of the tag to the outside edge.

    4. On each side of the slit, punch two holes.

    5. Cut two pieces of bamboo stick. Each piece should be at least 1.25-inches long. My bamboo sticks were very soft and cut easily, so I used the cutting edge of my jewelry pliers. You may want to use another type of tool, because wood can dull metal jewelry tools easily.

    6. Check the fit of your bamboo sticks by sliding them gently into the holes on each side of the paper slit.

    7. Remove the bamboo stick pieces from the paper ring. Using the gold paint pen, color the bamboo pieces. (Tip: You may find it easier to paint first, then cut the sticks.) Allow the sticks to dry before putting them back in the tag holes.

    8. Using the oval cutting tools, cut a piece of black shiny card stock. You don't have to cut the whole oval. You just need a curved piece of card to put on the top of the oval. Now glue the card stock in place.

    9. Repeat these instructions for each guest you've invited. Using the gold paint pen, personalize each marker with a different guest's name.

    10. Slip the tag on the bottom of each wine glass and you're ready to party.

    Additional Reading
  • The Paper Crafters Bible, by Elizabeth Moad
  • The Weekend Crafter: Paper Crafting: 20 Projects to Fold, Cut, Mold, Weave & Pierce, by Terry Taylor

  • Great Paper Crafts: Ideas, Tips, and Techniques, by Judy Ritchie

  • Product Resource Guide
  • Buy your craft supplies at

  • Wholesale Arts & Crafts Supplies

  • Most project photos on this page were taken with a 5.0 MP resolution KODAK EASYSHARE DX4530 Zoom Digital Camera

  • Article Description: Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style with Asian-style paper markers for your guests' wine glasses.

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