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Learn how to decorate glass blocks with vinyl to make unique and cute night lights.
My new favorite project to do is decorating glass blocks. They are so easy and make the perfect birthday, graduation, baby, wedding, anniversary, retirement, etc gifts!
Since you will be making it yourself, it will be totally unique and friends and family love gifts from the heart. They make perfect cute night lights too!
This project was inspired by a Craft Lightning challenge hosted by The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts and See Lindsay. The challenge this month was to create a craft taking less than 15 minutes to make and was to be inspired by an obscure holiday. Make sure to check out their sites to get a ton more inspiration.
Did you know there is a World Sleep Day?? I had no idea, but it is an annual awareness day and this year it is on March 15th. Check out worldsleepday.org on how it started and all about it. I think this is a significant day because sleep is so important and I always am stressing this to my kiddos!! Coming from an insomniac, I’m always trying to figure out ways to fall asleep.
Enter this cute night light that serves a dual purpose. Telling my little one how much I love him as he falls asleep and providing some light in case he wakes up.
This is a quick and inexpensive project especially since I have a FREE SVG cut file for you!
Materials Needed for Cute Night Lights
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- glass craft blocks – I ended up scoring a bunch of these blocks at Lowe’s right before Christmas when they had their seasonal items 75% off so I got them for $2.50!! Woo Hoo! You can find them at any craft store though and use a coupon!
- Cricut cutting machine (I’m using a Cricut Explore Air 2)– always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare prices!)
- Frosted spray paint
- Clear Enamel
- Adhesive Vinyl – I use Oracal 651 or Cricut Permanent Vinyl
- Transfer paper
- Fairy lights battery operated or lights that plug in (optional)
- Ribbon for bow (optional)
- FREE cut file – click here to download SVG or here for PNG As with all my files, these are for personal use only. If you would like to purchase a commercial use license, click here.
For Valentine’s day, I used the same method below to decorate a glass block with vinyl for my hubby using these free SVG files for Cricut. If you love free files, make sure to browse all my free SVG files.
I have a full step by step video tutorial for you below and printable directions at the bottom, so make sure to check them both out.
How to Frost a Glass Block
I like to frost a glass block so that the lights are diffuse. So, the first thing you’ll want to do is spray paint a glass block with frosted spray paint. This can be found at Home Depot or Walmart or Amazon (listed above).
Spray from about a foot away and side to side motion until it is fully covered. I kept the video in live time to show you how long frosting a glass block actually took me.
Let the paint fully dry then spray two light coats of enamel on. This prevents the frosted paint from coming off when you apply the vinyl with transfer tape. I learned the hard way!
How to Decorate Glass Blocks with Vinyl
While everything is drying, download the SVG file from above and upload it into Cricut Design Space. If you need help with this step, you can find step by step instructions and watch my Cricut tutorial here.
Cut out the file on adhesive vinyl and weed off the extra.
Applying Vinyl to Glass Video
Place transfer tape on the vinyl and scrape it down. Place the pieces on top of your dry block and center them.
Apply a piece of blue painter’s tape to the top or bottom of the wording piece. Flip it over and peel off the backing. Gently smooth it back down. All of this is much easier to understand when you watch the video below!
Insert fairy lights into the bottom.
Embellish with a bow if you want and you’re done!
Here it is with the lights on.
And here are your printable instructions.
- Glass Block
- Adhesive vinyl
- Frosted Spray Paint
- Enamel Spray
- Fairy Lights (optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
- Transfer Tape
- Spray the entire glass block with frosted spray paint. Let dry.
- Spray two light coats of enamel.
- Download free cut file (in post) and upload to Cricut Design Space.
- Cut out of adhesive vinyl with a Cricut or another cutting machine.
- Weed off extra vinyl. Apply transfer tape and scrape down.
- Center on dry glass block. Apply painter's tape to bottom of largest piece (words).
- Flip over, peel off backing paper, flip back over and gently smooth into place.
- Scrape down well. Pull off transfer tape. Add moon, cloud, and stars.
- Insert fairy lights.
- Embellish with bow (optional).
- Enjoy your cute night light!
Make sure to watch the full step by step video tutorial in the post for detailed instructions.
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Have a creative day!