Decorated glass blocks make beautiful home decor as well as wonderful gifts and memorials! Learn how to choose, prepare, decorate, and light them up in this tutorial
I love anything with lights in these cold, dark months, and that includes lighted glass blocks! These glass blocks with pre-cut holes have been popping up in the craft stores lately, and you may be wondering how you can use them. Decorated glass blocks are particularly popular around the holidays, but are also used year-round as memorials and to mark special occasions. They are also just a fabulous way to show off a pretty vinyl decal!
Key concepts taught in the video tutorial include how to weld, how to reposition things on a mat, and how to weed and apply vinyl.
See exactly how to make decorated glass blocks in this step-by-step video below:
So let’s have some fun and decorate glass blocks! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials for Decorated Glass Blocks
- An 8″x8″ glass block with a pre-drilled opening
- Vinyl, self-adhesive
- (Optional) LED lights
- (Optional) Fiber fill, fake snow, sand, marbles, or anything else you may want to put into your glass block
- A way to cut your materials (I used the amazing Cricut)
- Design #127 – My free SVG/DXF/PDF cut files/patterns (available in my free resource library—get the password at the bottom of this post)
- (Optional) The font I used in the tutorial is called Roland Emerald and you can get it from FontBundles.net
How to Decorate Glass Blocks
You can download glass block designs (Design #127) from my free resource library (you can get a password for it at the bottom of this page). If you’re going to cut this vinyl on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software. If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
Get my free SVG cut files and patterns for Decorated Glass Blocks
I hope you can see just how many possibilities there are for decorating these glass blocks now! I struggled a bit to come up with just one design. I actually had to refrain from going back to the craft store to buy more glass blocks just so I could decorate them differently! I’m not even kidding. When I mentioned at dinner that I was thinking of going back to get more glass blocks, I got THE LOOK. You know, the “don’t you have enough craft supplies already?” look. Haha, just kidding … Greg is amazingly supportive of me and my craft habit!
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