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Use these free SVG files for Cricut to make beautiful glass block crafts.
My new favorite item to place sayings on are glass craft blocks. They are so easy and simple and make a beautiful gift for anyone. Think Valentine’s Day, the birth of babies, weddings, anniversaries, graduation…you name it!
Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d show you how easy it is to apply vinyl to these versatile blocks. You can add ribbon and jazz them up however you want, depending on your recipient. (I personally just like them as simple as possible!)
Oh, did I mention I have a couple of free SVG files for Cricut for you to use on whatever you want? In case you don’t like this one, I made another one for you!
There will be printable instructions at the bottom of the post if you’d like a paper copy like I usually do!
Materials Needed for Glass Block Craft Idea
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- glass blocks – I scored a bunch of these from Lowe’s at their end of Christmas season 75% off sale. I got them for $2.50 each and they are the 8×8 ones! Nothing like stocking up during a sale, right? But you can easily find these at any craft store or even on Amazon here. If you have a coupon, they’ll be much cheaper at a craft store.
- Rustoleum Frost spray paint – you can find it on Amazon here, but probably much cheaper at Walmart or Home Depot
- Crystal Clear Enamel spray
- Vinyl – I prefer Oracal 651
- Cricut cutting machine– always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare!)
- transfer paper and Cricut tools
- fairy lights (optional)
- Free SVG files for Cricut – see below
Prepping Your Craft Block
The craft glass blocks come with a hole in the bottom so that you can put items inside like lights, sand, pebbles, bells, ornaments…
On a previous craft glass block tutorial, I showed you how to add vellum to it to give it a more goldy appearance. For this one, I simply sprayed Frosted Glass spray paint all over the block to mask the lights that will be inside.
This is an optional step if you are not going to put in lights or don’t like the look of frosted glass.
I originally tried to add the vinyl to the frosted glass and the transfer paper pulled up the frosted paint… not good!
So, I tried again. This time I sprayed on two light layers of Crystal Clear Enamel Spray over the frosted glass and let that fully dry.
Free SVG Files for Cricut to Download
I have two different free SVG files for Cricut about love you can download below. They are both on the same download, so simply ungroup them after you upload them in Cricut Design Space.
As with all my files, these are for personal use only. If you would like to purchase a commercial use license, click here.
If you need help with uploading into CDS, make sure to check out my Cricut tutorial on how to. Size the files to however big you want. I made mine a little less than 6.5 inches both ways.
Applying Vinyl To Glass Block
Cut out your vinyl with a cutting machine and weed off the extra vinyl.
Apply transfer tape to cover the entire saying and scrape it down well. I then trim around the edges so I can see the edges of the block.
Once it’s trimmed, place it on the glass block and align it by using a ruler. I like to place some painter’s tape on the top to hold it in place.
Then I fold it over and simply pull the transfer tape off of the backing. Then gently lay the transfer tape with the vinyl wording down smoothly.
Scrape it down so that it sticks well.
Now gently pull off the blue painter’s tape and remove the transfer tape.
If you’d like, put a strand of fairy lights in the opening. Make sure to leave out the battery pack so you can turn it on easily and close it up.
If you’d like to embellish it, add a ribbon or twine to it. I preferred this one plain since it’s for my hubby and he’s not a ribbon type of guy!
Another great gift idea for a significant other or as a wedding or anniversary gift, are these DIY photo mugs (and you don’t need a cutting machine to make one! But if you have a Cricut and want to check out a bunch of other ideas, browse my Ultimate Guide of Cricut Ideas)
That’s it! Beautiful, simple, and budget friendly!
If you’d like more free SVG files for Cricut, make sure to check out my Cricut SVG Library.
If you’d like to save this tutorial for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN IT now.
Here are your printable directions.
- Spray the glass craft block with frosted glass spray paint. Let Dry.
- Spray two coats of Clear Enamel spray a few minutes apart. Let Dry.
- Create file in CDS or download my free file (see post).
- Cut file out of vinyl and weed extra vinyl off.
- Apply transfer tape to vinyl and scrape down.
- Center on glass block. Apply a strip of painter's tape to top.
- Flip black and peel off paper backing from tape.
- Slowly fold back transfer tape and gently lay it down on block. Scrape it down.
- Remove transfer tape.
Optional - add a string of fairy lights inside the bottom hole for it to light up at night.
Optional - add ribbon or bow around the block to embellish.
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Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a creative day and please let me know if you have any questions!