Wine Glass Markers Can Be Funky or Sophisticated!

Wine glass markers are items used to identify an individual wine glass.  This  type of identification would be used at a gathering or event where a person would be refilling the same glass over the course of a period of time, like an afternoon or evening.  During this time period, it is not uncommon for a person to put their wine glass down.  They may forget where they put it (they are drinking wine, after all).  Another scenario is when a person puts their wine glass down amongst other wine glasses.  When they go to pick it up again, they will likely to be unable to differentiate the glasses and not be able to reuse their original wine glass.

As you can see, the original reason for creating a glass marker was practical.  The

host was ensuring there were enough glasses for each guest, without have to have dozens of extras, for each time a person refilled their glass.  It also ensured that there was no need for constant glass washing.  An alternative could be using rented wine glasses, but that would create an added expense.  And, one could buy disposable wine glasses, but who wants to drink wine out of plastic?


A secondary reason to use a glass marker is that they are fun and attractive.  This is the incentive for such a large variety  of wine glass markers.  These are items that can be a retail purchase.  Many are one time purchases, and can be reused.  Others would be DIY markers which can range in difficulty to make, are creative, effective and fun.


4 Types of Wine Glass Markers

Wine Charms


Wine CharmsThe most common type of wine glass marker, and I believe the original, are Wine Charms.  They usually come is a 6 piece set and have a theme.  One example is a golf theme.  Each marker has a different charm that represents something to do with golf.  One charm might be a putter, the next a driver and the next a wedge, and so on.  These are all golf clubs, by the way.

Each charm is attached to a ridged circular wire, which has an opening, which can be manipulated to fit around the stem of a wine glass.

The types of charms have flourished, to the point that you can likely find any kind of charm that you can think of.

Wine Glass Marker Pens

Using pens to mark wine glasses has become popular.  The pens can come in aGlass markers variety of colours, can be metallic, and oil based.  They are non-toxic and removable.  The oil based pens can be used to decorate or identify.  When using the oil based pens, you put the finished glasses in the oven at 350°F for 30 minutes.  This makes it a work ahead DIY project.  With the other pens, you could write on the wine glass ahead of time, or you can get your guests to mark their own wine glass.

 Chalk Board Paint

This project clearly has to be done ahead of time. It is also DIY.  Buy low cost wines glasses.  Dip the base of each glass in chalk board paint.  Let them dry for a couple of days.  Once your guests arrive, hand them a piece of chalk and they can write their name on the base of the glass.



Etched Glass Markers

If you want to get fancy and money is less of an object, you can order wine glasses that are etched.  The etching should be neutral, such as numbers or animals.  Your guest can pick or be given an etching that will be their identifier for the event.

Etched glass




Wine Glass Stickers/Labels

There are a variety of labels and stickers that can be used as win

e glass identifiers.  If you are using a sticker, it can be various themes that

would correspond with the event. When using a label, you can put the persons’ name on the label and they can stick it on the glass.

It is clear, that some of these ideas are better suited for use on stemless wine glass markers, and others will work on stemmed wine glass, and some will work for either.


This list is by no means exhaustive.  However, it does represent  a sample that are common and some that are DIY.  If you go to the DIY section of Pinterest, you will find abundance of ideas for unique wine glass markers.


If you have any questions of comments, I welcome them below.Judy




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  1. Mitch

    June 24, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Hi Judith, Great Idea with the Wine Glass Markers. I think I like the charm idea the best. I think it’s fun and adds a little personality to your wine glass. Do you have a collection of charm wine glass markers that you sell? Let me know..

    1. Judith

      June 24, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Thank you for the comment. I have a jar full of them, with different themes, sports, gardening, Christmas etc. I do not personally sell the charms.

  2. Shawn F.

    June 26, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Awesome article on wine glass markers! I always have the issue of not remembering which glass is mine at a party. I think the idea of wine glass markers is awesome and I will definitely be passing this along to all of my friends to check out as well. Keep up the good work and I will be checking back for more awesome articles!



    1. Judith

      June 26, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Thank you for the comment.  The markers can be fun!

  3. bert walker

    August 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I never knew such items existed , I know when I am having a sociable that glass or bottle never leaves my site. I am like a pitbull guarding a bone ! Well maybe not that bad , but anyways great items to have in ones inventory.

    1. Judith

      August 10, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Thank you for the comment. I did some checking and there are Beer markers out there as well!

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