- A bunch of bottles I happened upon a shoebox full of tiny glass bottles at San Francisco's SCRAP, but they can also be found at craft stores, thrift stores, and online. Corks are a bit easier to find at the same sorts of places, and check hardware stores as well.
- Tiniest Snowglobe A small amount of glitter, a drop of glycerin, and water are all that are necessary to create a darling little snowfall.
- The childhood dream I filled some bottles with tiny white pompoms, like snowballs frozen perfectly for all time. San Franciscans- the no-name craft supply store on Duboce across from Rainbow Grocery has an excellent pompom selection.
- Memory of a snow vacation My friend brings bottles this same size whenever she goes to a beach, and the sand-filled bottles are adorable reminders of beachy fun. Why not create a more wintry souvenir? I used micro-glitter, but glass glitter would be super glamorous and mica glitter has a nice snowflake quality.
- A jaunty cap I dipped some of the corks in red Plasti-Dip, to simulate a wax seal (it also provides an airtight seal). Plasti-Dip which can be found at hardware stores, though I recommend asking the nice clerk where it is because I can never find it. It is also available in white, which I would love to try next.
- Fresh chilly air When working with Plasti-Dip, it is very important to have LOTS of ventilation. Here in San Francisco it's generally no big deal to open the windows in the winter, but if you live in a colder climate it might be best to save this step for a warm-ish day. Or work quickly!
- Dip it up Follow the instructions & safety precautions carefully, of course. Hold each bottle upside-down and dip slowly but smoothly into the can of Plasti-Dip. Pull up slowly, and gently twist bottle as you turn it upright. The amazing part is that the dip tends to create a nice smooth top all on its own! I do recommend practicing on on little scraps first, just to get a feel for how it behaves.
- Snow on the branches By simply looping lengths of string around the necks of the bottles, you can create delightful ornaments for everyone on your list. I used fuzzy pale grey yarn to add a bit of warmth to the snowy scene, but rustic twine or sparkly white embroidery floss would be nice, too.
- The holiday glow Let your bottles dry, and admire your handiwork. Ah, pretty, pretty snow.