Grape Cluster Ornament

Wine Crafts

This grape cluster ornament is made out of glass stone marbles, and it looks beautiful for any time of year. It makes a perfect Christmas gift for a wine lover, or it would look beautiful hanging by a window.

Glass stone marbles are sold in craft stores and discount stores. They can usually be found by the floral supplies since they are used to fill vases. The tag shown here is made from shrink film, and can be changed to say whatever you like. You can personalize it anyway you wish!

grape cluster ornament

Things Needed for this wine craft:

  • Gauge 22 Green wire
  • Wire cutters
  • jewelry needlenose pliers
  • pencil or pen
  • hot glue gun, or other strong glue
  • shrink film for the tag (optional)
  • hole punch
  • jewelry jump rings to attach the tag (sold near jewelry findings)
  • 2 crimp tubes to attach the tag (sold near jewelry findings)
  • cord for hanging
  • light green or light purple glass marbles

1. Begin the grape cluster ornament by cutting off two six inch lengths of green wire. Wrap the second half of each wire length around a pen or pencil in a spiral shape, and then slide the pen out.

wrapping wire around pen  wire curled

2. Twist the straight ends of the two wires around each other to secure them to one another.

twisting the two wire pieces together

3. If you plan to attach a tag, then attach two jump loops together with pliers. Thread a crimp tube, then the two connected jump rings, then another crimp tube to one of the spiral wires. Thread them to the base of the spiral, then secure by squeezing the crimp tubes down with pliers, so the jump ring cannot slide off.

two jump loops jewerly findings on wire

flattening crimp tubes cramp tubes flattened

positioning of the jewelry findings

4. Tie your cord for hanging the ornament near the base of the two wires. It is easiest to do this before you glue on the grapes.

cord tied on the ornament base

5. Begin gluing marbles around the green wire stem, using the hot glue. Continue gluing grapes in a random order to create a grape cluster.

adding glue gluing first marble

adding on some more marbles  most marbles added

6. If you would like to create a tag, create it using any graphic program and print it out on printer shrink film. Shrink film is usually available in craft stores and some office supply stores. It can also be bought from . If you make your own template, remember that the shrink film typically shrinks to 1/3 of its original size in the oven. If you would like to use my template for the tag shown below, click here and a PDF file will open in a new window. Add your shrink film paper to your printer and select "print".

wine tagprinting on shrink film

7. Once your design is printed out, cut it out, and punch a hole near the top of the tag with a hole punch. Cook the tag in the oven according to the manufacturer's instructions. The tag will be done when it is done curling up and is laying flat again. Make sure you do not overcook.

shrinky dinkalmost done shrinking!

shrinking completed!

Suggestions from Others

by Karen
Fort Worth, TX, USA

"To make this less heavy I used light green/purple miniature pom-poms."

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