Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fourth of July Wine Charms

We are getting ready to host a cocktail party for our friends who moved to Chicago last summer.  They are passing through our area for a few days over the Fourth of July holiday.  I've mentioned these friends before - these two are our 'travel buddies'.  The four of us go to Disney World at least once a year together (one year we went three times!) and about every other year we plan a non-Disney adventure.  We've hit New York, Dublin, Rome, Venice, Florence and Hawaii together.  My DH and I have traveled places with other couples and sometimes it works and other times not so much.  It's great when you find travel companions and it just clicks.  Since our friends moved most of our mutual friends haven't seen them since they left, so it's time for a get together for sure!

I'll be sticking to a red, white and blue theme for the gathering.  I pretty much use these colors the entire summer when entertaining.  I keep my "Fourth of July" decorations up from Memorial Day (at the end of May) until Labor Day (beginning of September).

Now on to the wine charms.......
I used the same techniques I used in my St Patrick's Day Wine Charm.
I again used shrink film and a trusty Cricut cartridge.  I found my images on the Stand and Salute cartridge.
I cut the dog tag images at 3.25 inches and the Liberty Bells at 3 inches.  Then I colored them with a marker, punch a hole in the top and baked them in my oven.  After they came out of the oven I coated them with glossy accents to make them, wellllll...... glossy.  The dog tags gave me two shapes: the actual tag and the cut out from the center.  I used those extras as accents on other charms.

The last time I did wine charms I posted a picture of the tea cart in our foyer, so I thought I'd do the same again.

The apothecary jar on the left contains a few altered ornament balls which I coated the inside with glitter; the middle jar contains some red, white and blue wire garland; and the right some coconut creme Hershey Kisses.

I'll post about other items for the party after it's over (I can't make everything weeks in advance).

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