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Grape Cluster Ornament

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his 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!



Materials 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


Instructions for the Grape Cluster Ornament:

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.

grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament


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


grape cluster ornament

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.


grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament


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.


grape cluster ornament


5. Begin gluing marbles around the green wire stem.  I used a hot glue gun because it cures so quickly.  However, hot glue isn't the strongest glue around.  You could also try to use a two part epoxy, E6000, or superglue. Continue gluing grapes in a random order to create a grape cluster.


grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament


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. 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".


grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament

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.

grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament
grape cluster ornament

8.  Attach the tag by threading it on the cord.  Enjoy!

grape cluster ornament

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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