Wine GlassesWhere to Get Wine Glasses...You don't need to go out and buy a set of new wine glasses for this project. You can, of course, but your local thrift store will have a good selection of glasses that will work for around $.99 - $2.49 each. I picked up a dozen glasses at the local Goodwill on 1/2 price day for under $10!How to Choose Wine Glasses...Look for glasses that are plain; no fancy prints, etchings, colors or shapes. I used stemmed wine glasses for my snow globes, but you could also use stemless. Hold the glass up to the light and check for any scratches or chips. It's ok if the glass is dirty as you will wash it anyway. Most standard wine glasses will work with canning lids for the base, but you can always make a base from cardstock if you find an odd-sized glass that you really like. Avoid champagne flutes, margarita glasses, etc. Nothing fancy; just regular wine glasses with stems work best.Clean and Prepare Wine Glasses...When you are ready to put your wine glass snow globes together, you'll need to make sure the glasses are really really clean, especially on the inside. You don't want to get everything glued together and realize there is a smudge on the inside of your snow globe! Wash the glasses in warm, soapy water, rinse in cold water and then wipe thoroughly with a lint-free cloth. Hold it up to the light and make sure it's spotless and blem-free.If your wine glasses have super-sticky price tags on them, run it under some hot water and it should slide right off.
Where to Get Figurines...While you're at the thrift store picking your wine glasses, look around and see if you can find any figurines. There should be at least a few Christmas figurines around the holidays, but you can build a wine glass snow globe for any occasion (they're not just for Christmas!) so see if there's anything that you like.You can also find a good selection at department stores like Target or Walmart, and Amazon always has plenty.
Other SuppliesArtificial Snow...Easy to find in any craft store or craft section of a department store. Some people use little styrofoam ball packages for snow, but I think the actual artificial snowflakes look better. White works best, but the sparkly kind looks good too. Just make sure it will match the figurine and base.Canning Lids...Most standard wine glass rims will fit on a standard canning jar lid. The most common is the large lid size, but you'll need to check to see what fits your glasses.Ribbon...You'll need to get some ribbon to put around the base of the glass and ribbon to make a bow for the stem of the glass. The ribbon around the base should be some type of string or twisted cotton twine. Choose a fairly wide (1 inch or so) ribbon to make your bow around the stem.
Assembling Your Wine Glass Snow Globes
1. The very first thing you'll want to do is paint the canning jar lid(s). Place them rubber-seal side up on something you don't mind being painted and coat them with a light layer of white paint.