Welcome to day 7 of my 25 days of Craftmas series. Today  I’m showing you how to make this glass tile with a nativity scene.  These glass tiles have been super popular with names, but I thought I’d put a little Christmas spin on it and add a nativity scene instead.  This project could not be easier, but it turned out so pretty.  Do you want to make your own? Read on for the full tutorial.

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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 Nativity Scene BA1801. It will be listed under the Craftmas 2021 Category-Day 7.



Open the design in your software program and resize it to fit on your tile.  The tile I used measures 4″ x 12″, so I resized the design to 11.5″.  I used metallic gold adhesive vinyl for this project

When everything is finished cutting, remove the vinyl from your cutting mat and trim off any unused vinyl.

Weed away the excess vinyl from around the design.

Use the weeding tool to help remove the excess vinyl from inside the letters and shapes.

Cut a piece of transfer tape and place it sticky side up on your surface. Then place the vinyl on top of the transfer tape and smooth it down.

Rub over the design firmly with your scraper tool.

Then, trim off the excess transfer tape and vinyl backing.

Now that the vinyl is ready to go, let’s add it to the tile



The first thing you’ll need to do is clean the tile with some rubbing alcohol and let it air dry.

Now, it’s time to add the vinyl lettering

One thing that is hard about applying vinyl to glass is that you get one chance to get it straight.  Once the vinyl touches the glass, it’s really difficult to reposition it without ruining it.  So, to make things easier, I like to use the hinge method.

The hinge method is great for glass for 2 reasons.  First, it makes it easy to apply the vinyl straight and centered.  Second, it helps to reduce air bubbles under the vinyl. 

Place the vinyl on your glass tile.  Then, place a piece of painter’s tape over the top.

Adjust the design so it’s straight and centered.

Once you’re happy with the placement, press down firmly on the tape.

Next, you’re going to separate the vinyl and the backing from the right half of the design.

Pull the vinyl over the tape and then cut off and remove the backing.

Use a scraper to press the design down. You’ll want to start at the tape and push to the right.

Now, remove the painter’s tape and the rest of the vinyl backing and press the rest of the vinyl onto the glass.

You’ll want to start where the tape was and push to the left.
Now, you can carefully pull off the transfer tape.

You can use a stand to display the tile.

That’s all there is to it. Another easy project is finished!


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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library



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