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Easy DIY Glass Block Light Tutorial!

Hi Friends!  I love seeing all the cute DIY glass block light designs on Pinterest.  You can make the glass blocks for so many things.  They can be a nightlight or just part as a decoration.  They are very easy to individualize for gifts too.  I am working on my daughter’s graduation decorations and decided to make one for it and show you how!

DIY Glass Block Light Tutorial

DIY glass block light

 

Items you need for DIY Glass Block Light:

      • glass block from craft store
      • spray glue
      • vellum of your choice (I used a gold sheet)
      • vinyl of your choice –I recommend Expressions Vinyl for your vinyl needs. They have a huge assortment at a great price!
      • lights (I used a 20 count light string that is battery operated)
      • Cricut Explore


Directions:

  • First start off by putting the lights in your block in the opening at the bottom.  Then clean your glass block.  I used an alcohol pad.  Cut the vellum to fit the front of your block.  Mine was 4.5 inches and I rounded the edges.  Spray a light coat of the glue on the vellum and apply to block.  Gently push the air bubbles to the sides.DIY glass block
  • Next, design what you are going to put on the block.  I use >Cricut Design Space™
  • Cut with your cricut!

DIY Glass Block Light

  1. Load load your vinyl onto your mat.  Since I was doing small pieces, I just put one on each side of my mat and flipped it around in between cuts.  I set my Cricut Explore Air™ to vinyl+ and Go!
  2. Peel the vinyl off and weed out the small cuts in the letters.  Sometimes the letters come up while I’m peeling so I just use my weeding tool to hold down the letters.
  3. Cut transfer paper the same size, peel off it’s backing, and put down on top of your design.  I use a Cricut tool to scrape the vinyl on.
  4. Tape the design onto the cube where you want it on one side so you can hinge it.
  5. Lift up the design and peel off the paper so the vinyl is now stuck on the transfer paper.
  6. Lay the transfer paper back down and smooth it all out with your hands and scrape on top of the paper to transfer the vinyl to the vellum.  Then peel off the transfer paper!

I added a red ribbon around the whole edge and then a black ribbon on top of that.  Then I made a bow with some wired ribbon and hot glued it on top.  That’s it!!  Look how it came out!

DIY Glass Block Light

With lights off.

 

 

DIY glass block

With lights turned on!

There are so many ways you can decorate a glass block light!  They make great new baby gifts or birthday gifts.  What would you put on one??

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
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Janice

Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Are you putting the cutout on vellum that you have sprayed (glued) and not actually on the glass?

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Wednesday 4th of December 2019

Yes for this one I am! I make others where I put it directly on the glass though. It depends on the look you are going for!

Peyton

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

What kind of vinyl are you using? I used adhesive vinyl from expressions vinyl and it took me about an hour to weed. Is there an easier kind to use or easier way to weed it?

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Thursday 27th of December 2018

Hi Peyton, ugh, I hate when that happens. Was it a really intricate design?? I use Oracal 631 and 651. Sometimes I feel like I have better weeding days when everything works easily and other days I have to redo things multiple times and it takes forever.

Katherine

Thursday 6th of September 2018

Just wondering where you have found the best deals for the glass blocks?

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Friday 7th of September 2018

HI Katherine, I get mine at Michael's with a coupon. If you have an AC Moore near you, I think they are cheaper there.

Brenda

Monday 14th of May 2018

What kind of transfer paper do I get?

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Monday 14th of May 2018

Hi Brenda, I like Expressions vinyl transfer tape or Best Crafts transfer tape. You can find them both on Amazon. You can also use contact paper or even press n seal if you're in a pinch!

Patrice Roarick

Thursday 12th of January 2017

I'm a newbie and want to do monograms on the mugs. Both the 20oz and 30oz. Do you happen to have the size the monogram should be for each mug? Thank you in advance. I am signing up for your emails!!!

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Tuesday 17th of January 2017

Hi Patrice, thanks for checking out my blog!! You know, it really depends on the design! On the 20oz I usually do the width around 3 inches or so. For the 30 oz, a little bigger. I just put my ruler up to it and eye ball about how much I want to wrap it around. Good luck! It's tons of fun to personalize your own items!

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