How to Decorate a Glass Block
There is something about the lights of Christmas that bring magic and fun. My kids always want more twinkle lights and more color.
Finding ways to add more lights can be a bit of a challenge. Of course, I was willing to conquer this little challenge.
I've always wanted to decorate a glass block with vinyl and I thought Christmas was the perfect time to try it.
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I've seen these fun glass block projects all over and I thought this would be a great way to bring the holidays into my children's bedrooms.
These glass blocks are sturdy and the lights don't have to be plugged in but can be battery operated. Which makes them perfect for a little ones room.
Also, glass blocks have two sides. Which means you could potentially create two designs, for two seasons, out of one block.
One important part of decorating a glass block is to make sure you have a holographic paper. That is what gives the star shapes when you turn on the lights.
Let me walk you through the easy steps on how to decorate a glass block and share this great cut file.
Download the free Silent Night block cut file. Cut it out with your cutting machine.
Weed your design. Make sure to weed all the small pieces carefully.
Remove the vinyl using transfer tape. Place the vinyl design over the Holographic Paper sticker.
Peel the holographic sticker off and place onto the glass block.
Open the fairy lights and place them inside the block.
Turn your lights on and you've got yourself a merry and bright Christmas decoration.
See how easy it is to decorate a glass block. Want the Silent Night cut files? Grab it for free by clicking on the SVG or PNG cut files below.
Need vinyl? Here are my favorite places to purchase heat transfer vinyl and adhesive vinyl.
Crafting with Quality Glass Blocks
Glass blocks have come a long way from the utilitarian windows found in factories and bathrooms. Today, glass blocks are seen in many and varied projects, both commercial and residential, and their use only limited by the imagination.
One of the most interesting uses of glass blocks is in craft projects. These beautiful art pieces are often found at craft fairs and boutiques. However, the availability of these blocks to the public makes them perfect for even a novice crafter or artist. Blocks are available in many styles and sizes and are hollowed out in order to accept an almost infinite number of decorative bits. Many are pre-drilled to accept lights, and are also available with openings that make them perfect for night lights, lighted decorations, vases and planters.
Crafters and artists alike value these pieces for their versatility and intrinsic beauty, making them the perfect starting point for amazing art projects. Because they are heavy and quite stable, they are hard to knock over, even by exuberant children and pets. Besides lights, the blocks can be filled with sand, marbles, coins and even water.
While many people use these blocks to make lighted Christmas gifts or accessories, Christmas is not the only time of year to use them. Adding sand and shells can remind us of summers on the beach. A few rocks and water can make a few fresh flowers look amazing. Glass blocks can also make the perfect utensil holder in a modern kitchen.
Adding the right decorative elements on the outside of a block and using it as a bank can give children an incentive to save. They will be happy to see the results of their efforts by watching the level of the coins grow in the block. Children will also be fascinated by having a decorated “night light” in their rooms. Adding a small string of twinkle lights will provide a gentle glow, not too bright for sleep.
Cogir Glass Blocks use a special glass fusion process, allowing amazing and colorful designs to be fused to the glass. These visually stunning pieces give another dimension to the blocks, turning them into beautiful works of art.
Why not start a project today? Quality Glass and Window is offering a 15% discount on their decorative glass blocks during June 2014. Call (800) 990-9499 for the 15% discount. Check out their Website or Like their Facebook Page to hear more about the full line of glass block and window products to brighten your home.
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Tutorial for Decorating Glass Blocks!
I love to repurpose construction glass blocks into a great night-light or a holiday decoration. I chose to repurpose the construction blocks over buying the plastic ones from the craft store. I feel it serves a greater purpose by recycling instead of buying new. I have several blocks that I have purchased from various garage sales or that my neighbor had given me (Thanks, Megan). I want to share a step by step tutorial on decorating glass blocks.
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Decorating Glass Blocks
- Drill a hole in the side of the block with a 1/2 inch diamond hole saw. This is a type of saw to cut glass. Tip: Run under cold water while cutting to prevent the drill from heating up and cracking the glass.
- Rinse the inside the block, rinse as much of the residue out from the inside of the block. It takes a long time for the inside of the blocks to dry. Tip: Bake the block in the oven at 170 degrees for 2 hours. The inside of the block will be completely dry after baking and letting cool.
- Squirt a fair amount of magic bubble liquid in the inside of the glass block, turn and shake the block until all sides have been evenly coated with the liquid, drain any extra liquid.
- Pour glitter of your choice into the glass block. Shake and turn the block until all sides are evenly covered. Tip: Use a small funnel to pour the glitter into the small opening of the glass block.
- Place glass block into oven and bake @ 170 for another 2 hours, let cool completely.
- Clean the outside of glass block with a cleaner to remove dirt and fingerprints.
- Glue the metal glitter ornament(or decoration of your choice) on the glass block surface, let dry.
- Seal the block with Mod Podge to seal all the glitter from metal ornament and to give extra protection to the outside of the block.
- Insert light string into the opening of glass block. Tip: test the lights before inserting into the glass block.
- Wrap ribbon around outside of the block, tie at the top. Make a pretty bow and place at top of block.
Step 1: Drill a hole in the side of the block with a 1/2 inch diamond hole saw. This is a type of saw to cut glass.
Tip: Place the glass block in a sink so you can run a steady stream of cold water over the block and the drill. This keeps the drill and the glass cool, which prevents cracking of the glass. I have cut(and broke) my fair share of blocks and wine bottles and I have found the cold water is the trick.
Step 2: Rinse the inside the block, rinse as much of the residue out from the inside of the block. It takes a long time for the inside of the blocks to dry. Tip: Bake the block in the oven at 170 degrees for 2 hours. The inside of the block will be completely dry after baking and letting cool.
Step 3: Squirt a fair amount of magic bubble liquid in the inside of the glass block, turn and shake the block until all sides have been evenly coated with the liquid, drain any extra liquid.
Step 4: Pour glitter of your choice into the glass block. Shake and turn the block until all sides are evenly covered. Tip: Use a small funnel to pour the glitter into the small opening of the glass block.
Step 5: Place glass block into oven and bake @ 170 for another 2 hours, let cool completely.
Step 6: Insert light string into the opening of the glass block. Tip: test the lights before inserting into the glass block.
Now you are ready to decorate the outside of the glass block.
Step 7: Clean the outside of glass block with a cleaner to remove dirt and fingerprints.
Step 8: Glue the metal glitter ornament(or decoration of your choice) on the glass block surface, let dry.
Step 9: Seal the block with Mod Podge to seal all the glitter from metal ornament and to give extra protection to the outside of the block.
Step 10: Wrap ribbon around outside of the block, tie at the top. Make a pretty bow and place at top of block.
I have made various versions of lighted glass blocks, and I want to share them with you.
These glass blocks make a great addition to a room or for the holidays.
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Crafts Using Glass Blocks
Tip: Tips For Making Indoor And Outdoor Decorated Glass Blocks
I have to tell you all that I have tried many different things and settled on the following because they look the best. First, I bought my blocks at Lowe's for about $4.25 a block. I bought them in cases of 8. Next, I purchased a diamond core drill bit online from a company called McGills for $15 (just Google diamond core drill bits).
I used a drill press at a slow pace. It took about 4 to 5 minutes a block. I also used a diamond bit lubricant that I sprayed on with a small spray bottle. Just a little bit will do it.
I then tried different alternatives with the lights. For outside light boxes, which I use as luminarias, set upright, I used regular mini sets of 50 that I bought for $.99. I tied the bows around the sides so the lights only show through the front and back. I sprayed both sides with frosted spray from Lowe's, by Rustoleum, a couple of coats and then set them at intervals down the driveway. Very nice effect.
For indoor ones, I used LED mini lights that I got from a friend who does that for a living, so it gave me a price break. I used pre-tied bows from Lowe's that were $1.99 each. That sort of offsets the LED lights' price. LEDs do not get warm and they use 80% less energy. I would look online for these. I also sprayed these with frosted spray. Oh yes, I forgot I bought some opaque glass spray paint in blue and green to spray stenciled phrases like, "Peace on Earth", etc. on the fronts of the frosted glass block, that I used for the luminarias.
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Tip: Prepping Decorative Glass Blocks
When making glass block lights, I remove the icky wax-like substance by using a 4 inch razor blade in a "safety scraper". You can purchase this item and the refill blades for a low cost, along with the glass blocks at places like Lowe's.
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Question: Pictures of Glass Block Crafts?
What are the "Glass Block Crafts"? They sound interesting, but I don't know what they are? Does someone have a picture of one? I might like to make one! Any help would be appreciated!
Linda from Matamoras, PA
I have made these bricks for about 2 years. They are great gifts and sell well too.
I know you asked this question several months ago but I have been ill and not able to get on line for some time now. I'll attempt to answer your question in case no one else has. Lighted glass blocks are exactly what the words say. It's a glass block typically used to build a "privacy wall" in your bathroom. A hole is drilled in the block to allow access for a string of lights to be inserted. Some people use pictures on their blocks, some use a variety of decorations and some just use ribbon or any combination of these.The results are an outstanding decoration! They make fabulous gifts. I don't know anyone who has received one that didn't truly treasure it. I'll attach some photos for you so you can get some ideas of what you might like to try to make. Have fun making these beautiful crafts. I can only upload one photo at a time so I'll send another response to you with a different block.
Here's another photo
Question: Printable Template to Apply to Glass Block?
I was recently at a fair where a vendor was using a printable, fill in template of snowmen where she added family names. Does anyone know where I could find such templates for projects?She then printed it out on a laminated sheet and applied it to a lighted glass block. It was perfect for a family gift. Thank you!
Here is one I use.
Size is 6.56x4.56
You can e-mail me at Craftycritter8 AT aol.com and I can send it directly to your e-mail
My email address is alberts739 AT comcast.net
Could you please email me the printable template?
Hi, could you please send me the template as well. Much appreciated.
Question: Adding Glitter To Glass Blocks?
I'm making the glass blocks with NFL teams on. Does any one know how to put the glitter on the blocks? I seen the blocks with glitter on, but I can't figure out how they done it. Also when you use the frost in which I have, how do you keep it from scratching off?
Connie from Windsor, Pa.
I think I have seen these also and it appears there are several ways to get the glitter to adhere to the glass. My suggestion is to that a small mirror or the glass out of an old picture frame you don't use anyway and practice on them first. Try different types of glues, like: spray glue, E-6000 glue, school glue or low temp hot glue. In addition, why does it have to be directly on the glass?Couldn't you cover a sheet of acetate or laminate with glue and glitter, let it dry, put your template for the school letter or logo on top and cut it our. Seems like it might be easier and maybe even less messy that way. Hope one of my suggestions helps. Send us a photo of your finished product and how you accomplished it. Good luck
I think the glitter is mixed into a clear-drying glue, then painted over the surfaces. I don't think the blocks can be pulled in halves and reassembled after painting this inside, so you may need to leave it as a surface decoration.
I would like to make with NFL teams on. What did you use to put letters or painting on? What does you finished project look like?
I would think glitter glue would work or spray glitter. I had heard we are not allowed to use team /licensed logos 'cause it's against the law. They watch craft shows and can charge a huge fine and take all your stuff.If you are selling it anyway. I just want to know where to find the blocks with holes already in them if you don't live in Hobby Lobby country. Sounds like a lot of people are doing this, will I sell any?
Question: Glass Block Crafts?
I have about 70 old glass boxes. I want to make gifts from them. Does anyone have ideas on what to do with them without using lights? I have looked and searched everywhere I could! Lol... I do not want to go out and spend the time on drilling holes in them. I know I can still put whatever I want on them, but do you think it's OK not to do them with lights?I have a friend who used hers on her table and never plugs it in. So I need to know if this would be OK. Everywhere I have looked they all have lights, but I am covering the sides with lace and they will have a lot of items glued on them. I really don't want lights.
Question: Putting Bows On Glass Blocks?
I am making the decorated glass blocks. How do you make the bows on them, or do people usually buy them pre-made? Can anyone let me know! I want to start making ASAP!
Carrie from Canada
your wrap them like a gift, 2 1/2 inch wire edge sheer does best. are you going to put lites in them? you can also get a bow maker at your local craft store.
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DIY Decorative Glass Block Crafts
Decorative glass block crafts are my favorite new DIY project. Just look at these blocks. Pretty cool, eh?
I made a boatload of them at the holidays to give as gifts, smaller ones like these monogram blocks.
And larger ones:
They are so customizable, like this special one, I made for a friend who loves all things Dr. Seuss.
They’re not that hard to do if you have the right supplies. Since people keep asking me how to make them, I’ve given you the tutorial below and affiliate links for purchasing the materials. But first, a quick how-to video:
Decorative Glass Block Crafts – here’s what you need:
Decorative glass block. Yes, you can buy regular glass blocks for much less at Home Depot or Lowes, however, they lack the hole you need to put the lights through. Personally, I’m not interested in making this a project that my husband has to help me drill through glass so… I pay extra for the “decorative” glass block. Approximate cost: $10 – $12 each, depending on the size.
String of white lights. 35 white lights for larger blocks, 20 will do for smaller blocks. You can also get a single light if you prefer. It’s important to make sure the wire on the lights is also WHITE. Approximate cost: $3 – $4.
Etching cream. I haven’t found one that I love yet, but this Amour Etch one is okay. Just make the etching time about 10xs what it says on the bottle. Approximate cost for the little bottle: $12 – $15
In lieu of the etching cream, you can also use this aerosol frosted glass spray. This is a little more difficult to control, but cheaper. You can find this (depending on the store you go to) for $4 – $10.
Vinyl letters. I make my own design and cut mine out with a personal cutting machine called the Silhouette.
If you’re into crafting, the Silhouette is a total game changer! It does take a bit of computer savvy though so if you like to keep things simple and not digital, you might use store-bought letters or order some vinyl letters from an online store. The price for these will vary.
Ribbon. Probably best to use a wide ribbon. I hope that you can make bows better than I can. Price for ribbon varies, but I always try and stock up at Christmas for Valentine’s Day too.
Here’s how to make your DIY Glass Blocks:
Clean your glass block.
If you’re etching it, follow the general etching instructions on the bottle, with some modifications. If you’re using Armour Etch, grab your readers because it’s the smallest print humanly possible and horrific to read. (You can get their video tutorial on their website though.) You’ll need to tape off your edges for a clean line. I used painters tape. I will warn you, you’ll need to leave it on your block for way longer than they say. The video and bottle say 1 minute. I’d say leave it on there for an hour because after 30 minutes, I still wasn’t happy with mine. And when it says liberally apply, seriously slather it on. If you think you have enough, put another layer on.
If etching isn’t your thing, that means you’re spraying. Go OUTSIDE for this. Shake your bottle well and then spray the INSIDE of your glass block. That will assure you have clean lines, however… this is a terribly awkward angle and you’ll likely have drips and runs and it won’t adhere evenly. Don’t stress too much about it, you’re putting vinyl over it. I go through this exercise twice to try and minimize the effect of the uneven spray.
After you’re done with the “frosting” portion of the project, cut out your vinyl letters. I use transfer tape to move them from the vinyl sheet to the glass block but this is not necessary. Make note of where you want the hole to be! While the transfer tape is still on the blocks, rub over the vinyl to get it to adhere well to the glass. Then carefully peel the tape off.
Insert your lights and the stopper thingie to hold them in place.
Hot glue a ribbon to the outer edge.
Plug it in and enjoy!
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