Wine Charms from Vintage Cracker Jack Prizes

Wine Charms from Vintage Cracker Jack Prizes

Once upon a time, an acquaintance of mine  found some vintage Cracker Jack prizes at an antiques store. She thought that they would be perfect for upcycling into wine charms. And she very generously shared some of her collection with me so that I could make my own wine glass tags from them.

Vintage Cracker Jack prizes that will be upcycled as wine charms

Believe it or not, but the secret to making a set of wine charms is found in the jewelry making supplies section at your local craft store! Once you have your actual charms, you just need a few bits and bobs from the jewelry aisle to complete them.

Starting with inexpensive stemware hoops like these.

Earring making supplies to be used for wine glass tags with Cracker Jack prizes

With hoops and vintage Cracker Jack toys in hand, I was ready to upcycle them into wine glass charms!

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Making Wine Charms with Jewelry Supplies

Just a quick note before we get started- you can often find vintage Cracker Jack charms on Etsy! Just in case you can’t find them at a local antiques shop. Ok- onto the tutorial!

First things first, I snipped off the connecting ends of the stemware hoops that I planned on using

I did this so that they could easily slip on and off of a wine glass stem, and used my jewelry making wire cutters to do so.

Trimming off the ends of the earring making supplies with wire cutters

In true Sadie form, I gathered some glass beads that I already had in my stash. 

Beads to go on the earring making supplies to make the DIY wine glass charms

I threaded a few beads onto the stemware hoop, then I added one of the vintage Cracker Jack toys. Note that I put the Cracker Jack charm on a jump ring first, then threaded the stemware hoop through the jump ring.

Wine glass markers or wine charms with earring making supplies

Because of the orientation of the holes or loops on the vintage Cracker Jack prizes, I needed the jump ring to allow the wine charms to lay flat on the base of a glass. Very similar to why most necklace charms or pendants have to use jump rings, too.

Next, I needed to cover up the sharp edges of the stemware hoops. I had slightly smaller beads that were perfect for this! So, I dabbed on some super glue to each end.

Gluing the beads on the end of the DIY wine glass charms

Lastly, I slipped the smaller beads onto the end of the hoops over the dab of glue.

I held them in place until the glue set and that was it! The first of my wine glass charms with vintage Cracker Jack toys was done!

Upcycling the earring making supplies and vintage cracker jack toys as wine charms

Wine Charms from Vintage Cracker Jack Prizes

From there, I made an entire set of wine charms with my vintage Cracker Jack toys.

Aren’t they…charming?

wine charms

They will be PERFECT for a dinner party or a girls’ night in! Everyone can pick a different wine glass marker to keep their glasses straight.

wine glass charms

The vintage Cracker Jack prizes worked out even better than I could have hoped. They remind me of old Monopoly game pieces…which I think might ALSO work as wine charms, too.

vintage cracker jack charms as wine charms

So many possibilities for this upcycling idea, don’t you think?

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a set of wine charms or wine glass tags, then you’ll love this cork trivet that I made from wine corks, too!

Wine cork trivet

And this collection of upcycling ideas for all things wine, too!

wine crafts and recycling project ideas

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Love these!

  2. Excellent idea! Great execution of a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  3. These are super amazing! I love the Cracker Jack find!

  4. Thanks for coming and linking up at #TheWeekendSocial. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there! We really enjoyed reading your blog and can not wait to see what you stun us with next!

  5. Cute and I appreciate the tutorial as I have been wanting to make some tags!

  6. Those are the cutest little charms! I’m so glad the hematite beads didn’t fit because they look perfect on the ends!

  7. What a cute idea!! I would love for you to stop by and share your stuff on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link Party!! …It’s still open…

  8. Oh, these are SO CUTE!!! Thanks so much for linking up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week!

  9. Stopping by from Show Me Saturday link party. SO glad I came across this. I need to make some wine glass charms next week and had no idea where to begin.

  10. What a beautiful idea. Looking forward to making some of my own. 🙂 #HomeMattersParty

  11. arthritis100 says

    What a beautiful blog you have, love if you share your delicious charmed over wine posts at my Fabulous Friday Party.
    Thanks Maria

    • Hi, Maria! Someone your comment ended up in my spam folder and I’m JUST seeing it now! I know that this link party is long-since-closed, but when will your next party go live? (day, time, time zone) Thanks!

  12. Sharon | Her Organized Chaos says

    I would have never thought to make wine charms! How fancy! Now I need some for all my wine glasses! Pinning and sharing! Thanks for linking this up to Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. I can’t wait to see what you have this week! Party goes live tonight at 9pm CST!


  13. Pinned! Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday! 🙂

  14. Love these charms 🙂 Thank you so much for attending week 19 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for our next party, Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight. Your post has been added to the #PureBlogLove Pinterest board for all to see 🙂 Have a great day!

  15. How Sweet!!!! I love these charms Sarah! Catching you!

  16. Would you believe I have Cracker Jack and Gumball charms from when I was a wee one?? They FINALLY have a purpose! Thank you so much for the fabulous idea Sarah. I’m going to make some for my girlfriend for my next visit to see her. She’ll love them.

    Blessings, Edie Marie

  17. Great idea! These little toys remind me of when I was a little girl in the early 1960’s – I had an uncle by marriage whose Dad collected these and the little toys from the old bubble gum machines (they weren’t so junky back then). He put hundreds of them in a huge shadow box in his garage. It was just fascinating to look at them, for a child.

  18. Jenni Trimmer says

    Those! Those are the BOMB!!!

  19. Oh! My dollhouse loving soul just loved those charms! What a cute project!

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