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Rubber-Band ID

Martha Stewart Living, July 2003

Your wineglass won't end up in the wrong hands when one of these brightly colored name tags identifies it. Use a permanent marker to write the name of a guest on a wide rubber band after placing it around a glass. Alternatively, you might use the bands as napkin rings that double as place cards.


Comments (24)

  • Sherran 29 Aug, 2012

    Or just use a Sharpie (they come in lots of colors) and write their name on the part that sits on a surface -- comes right off in the dishwasher.

  • justasillygirl 4 Jul, 2011

    The rubberband would also help you hold onto the glass if it sweats (not a big problem with wine, but for other cold drinks). One of my social embarrassments was while drinking horchata in Mexico and having the sweaty glass slip through my hand and go crashing onto the tile floor - my hosts were very sweet and it was cleaned up quickly, but still felt like such a faux pas. I could've really used a rubberband at the time!

  • donahuepat 10 Oct, 2010

    I like the charms you can buy for wine glasses and they are "charming" and not that expensive. My grandson has rubber bands on his sippy cups at daycare to distinguish his property! I do not like this Rubber Band ID for my company at all!

  • DeniseinArk 5 Oct, 2010

    Aw C'mon ladies. Pier One is selling silicone bands like the "Live Strong" bands with sayings on them - one set for beer, a different set for wine. They are $9 a package. I work there and we can't keep them in stock. I will say, however, that I like the idea of putting them on a beer can better than a wineglass. We use coozies and I like the rubber band idea because it can be personalized. We do a lot of "pirate" type stuff on the lake. I also like the idea that a rubber band will fit aro

  • wgalkow 5 Oct, 2010

    I think this would be great for kids in art class to keep tabs on their water cup or as a marker for a drinking cup for little kids. Nancy

  • a100indecisions 5 Oct, 2010

    In addition to the "tacky" factor, even normally reliable Sharpie ink comes off of rubber bands once they get wet. So your guests think you're cheap and they end up with ink all over their hands that they can't wash off.

  • B_R_P 5 Oct, 2010

    All these prissy ones can't come to my party.... just joking. I probably wouldn't use it on formal glassware, either, but do love it for a picnic or outdoor party.

  • hwgang 5 Oct, 2010

    Count me on the team that thinks this is Tacky. Ugly. Gross. I don't want to smell rubber band while I'm sipping wine, to say nothing of the allergies that are fairly common. There are LOTS of ways to improvise wine charms that are better than this. Sorry, Martha. A big "are you serious?" from me.

  • chipsnitcher 14 Aug, 2010

    This is a very clever idea ... not everything is a formal affair or for adults for that matter. If it is not an idea that you like ... just move on and find one that you do Grannie Annie!. I can see these at a backyard barbeque or for a children's party.

  • mlarcher 14 Aug, 2010

    Maybe at an outdoor summer party with those hard cute plastic glasses. I certainly would not use them at indoor or holiday occasion.

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  • GrannieAnnie2 13 Aug, 2010

    Sorry Martha -- this is just not in your usual classy league ~~~ A bit too tacky for you (and for me)

    Grannie Annie

  • drausue 12 Aug, 2010

    What an awful idea. I am sure your guests would think you are too cheap to get wine charms. Ribbon, different color glasses, anything other than this. What about rubber allergy? Martha- this is not a good thing

  • AnnCarter 12 Aug, 2010

    Great and inexpensive idea.

  • lhetterick 11 Aug, 2010

    I have bought individual wine glasses from the thrift stores for $1 to $3 apiece. Each glass is different from every other one. There are different colors, as well as different shapes. I let each person choose his/her own glass. People love it! No confusion.

  • nanakat 11 Aug, 2010

    Sorry but I don't think this is a good idea. My late mother had a noxious aversion to rubber and I believe there are probably a few others who feel the same way. She wouln't have touched this idea with a 10 foot pole!

  • Mfosterjeweler 11 Aug, 2010

    Great Idea Auntie- will do just that!

  • AuntieBetty 11 Aug, 2010

    For those of you who think this is TACKY, how about tying 1/2-inch wide ribbon around the bottom of the stem on the glass, leaving a bit of length for the guest to write his/her name.

  • NancyHaberly 11 Aug, 2010

    My mother-in-law has been doing this for years

  • NancyHaberly 11 Aug, 2010

    My mother-in-law has been doing this for years

  • antiquewoman 11 Aug, 2010

    I agree with weamond, TACKY!

  • weamond 11 Aug, 2010

    I'm kind of shocked at this one. You get my first official ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Who wants rubberbands on their drinking glass. Not me! Martha, I think you should have thought this one through more!

  • isabelbrinck 11 Nov, 2009

    I'm sure you can find wide rubber bands at any office supply store.

  • vallimasoos 10 Jul, 2008

    Where can you get these rubber bands?