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Super Easy and Inexpensive DIY Glass Photo Block!

Make your own glass photo block out of printable vinyl and glass blocks for crafts. Photo blocks make perfect gifts for anyone on your list!

You might have noticed I’ve been having fun making glass block crafts lately!  Glass blocks are such an easy and versatile craft medium to work with and they make a great inexpensive DIY gift.

The first time I made a glass block decor I made a cute light graduation decor for my daughter’s 6th grade graduation using vellum.  Then I started making frosted glass blocks for baby night lights and hubby or wife gifts.

On my last post, I experimented with making burlap signs for lighted glass block decor so I could change them for each season.  All of these glass block craft ideas had one thing in common… I used my Cricut to make them.

So today I thought I’d switch it up a bit and show you how you can make a beautiful glass photo block without a cutting machine.  All you need is a printer!

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My husband and I just took a week-long Alaskan cruise a few months ago for his birthday so I decided to use one of the pictures from that amazing trip.

Materials Needed for Glass Photo Block

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    • glass block for crafts – If you want lights, make sure to get one with a hole in the bottom. I got mine in the seasonal section at Lowe’s, but craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and AC Moore carry them.
    • printable vinyl

Printing the Picture

You can use any photo software to print a picture.  I just opened up Google Docs and inserted an image onto a page.  I sized it to 6.5 inches square.


For this project, you can use printable vinyl or sticker paper.  I feel that vinyl is a little easier to work with, since you can peel it up and reposition it if you need to.

I printed it on Printable Vinyl using a photo glossy setting.printable vinyl cricut

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printable vinyl glass block decor

Applying a Photo to a Glass Block

Trim the edges from your photo.  I used a trimmer but you can easily use scissors.  Try to keep it as straight as glass block

Make sure the opening of the glass block is facing glass block

Peel the paper backing off the photo and apply it to the glass block while pushing down the middle.  I have a full video of making the glass photo block so make sure to watch it up top or on the side!

photo glass block

photo glass block

Try to smooth out all the bubbles.  You can re lift different sections of the printable vinyl if you need to resmooth. 

Take the cover off the bottom and insert fairy lights if you want.  I love the ones that have different color options!

photo glass block

Mine had a battery box that I press to change the settings so I left that out and hid it on the backside of the glass photo block.

photo glass block

The printable vinyl isn’t clear so you can see the edges but I like how it mutes the lights underneath it!

photo glass block

These super easy and frugal photo glass blocks would make great gifts for kids, spouses, significant others, teachers, really anyone!  You can use them as decor in any part of your house or as a night light in a bedroom.

They look great lit up or without the lights on!

photo glass block

lighted glass block

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Here are some printable instructions.

Yield: 1 photo glass block

Super Easy and Inexpensive DIY Glass Photo Block!

photo glass block

Make your own glass photo block with printable vinyl! Super quick and easy DIY gift idea and fun glass block craft idea!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Estimated Cost $7



  • Printer
  • Scissors or Trimmer


  1. Print out a photo sized to 6.5-inch x 6.5-inch on printable vinyl on the high-quality setting.
  2. Let dry and then trim off the edges.
  3. Peel off the backing and apply it to the top of a glass block, making sure the opening of the block is facing down.
  4. Smooth down with your hands try to get all the bubbles out. Relift corners if needed.
  5. Insert fairy lights in the bottom and put back on the cover.
  6. Watch it light up!
  7. Give as a gift or enjoy the photo glass block yourself!


Read the full blog post for step by step pictures and video tutorial!

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Hallie Zirbel

Monday 14th of November 2022

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Saturday 11th of January 2020

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Tuesday 14th of January 2020

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