HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- Glass Block with Hole
- Vinyl (I used black and buffalo plaid)
- Fairy Light Set
- Christmas Ribbon
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Frosted Glass Spray (Optional)
- Transfer Tape
- Electronic cutter (cricut explore or maker, silhouette or other cutter)
- Cut File – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year BA2110 (click here to get the SVG file for free from my free SVG Library)
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE
The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project. I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library. These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others. This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here. Look for the file called It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year BA2110. It will be listed under the Craftmas 2022 Category-Day 10.
STEP 2: PREPARE VINYL DESIGN
Open the design in your software program and size it to fit on your glass block. I sized mine to about 6″ wide.
You can add registration marks to the design to make layering easy.
Do you need help adding registration marks? Be sure to check out these tutorials.
When everything is sized correctly, cut the design with your Cricut or Silhouette. I used black and buffalo check vinyl for this project.
Once everything is cut, weed away the excess vinyl.
Use your weeding tool to pull out the pieces inside of the letters.
Cut a piece of transfer tape a little large than your design and place one of the layers on top (it doesn’t matter which layer you do first).
Rub over the design to help the vinyl stick to the transfer tape. Trim off the excess transfer tape.
Flip over the vinyl and pull off the backing.
Then, replace the backing, but leave the registration marks exposed.
Now, place the first layer of vinyl over the second layer and line up those registration marks.
Remove the vinyl backing again and press both layers together.
Now, you can cut off the registration marks.
STEP 3: APPLY THE VINYL TO THE GLASS BLOCK
I sprayed my glass block with frosted glass spray before I applied the vinyl.
This step is totally optional. I just like that it gives the glass a frosted look and makes it not quite so transparent. If you do spray your glass block, you’ll need to be very careful because the frosted spray can get scratched off very easily.
Remove the vinyl backing from the design.
Position it in the center of the glass block.
Rub over the entire design with your scraper.
Carefully, pull off the transfer tape.
STEP 4: FINISH THE GLASS BLOCK
Place some battery-operated lights inside the opening. If your opening is big enough, you can also place the battery pack inside. If it’s not big enough, just place it behind the block.
The lights I purchased have a timer. They turn on for 6 hours and then turn off for 18, so I never have to remember to turn them off or on. It’s amazing.
Replace the plastic cover.
Glue a decorative bow to the cover.
And that’s it. Your glass block is finished! Is it pretty?
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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library