Christmas time is a wonderful opportunity to create decorations for your home, friends and loved ones. If you have an electronic die cutter, you are not limited to just making papercrafts. I have incorporated my die cutter into many aspects of a wide range of projects I create. Even if you do not have a die cutter, you can find a very wide range of affordable decals for glass blocks on Etsy, including my Etsy shop, All I Make. I created this glass block with vinyl using glass blocks we found on Craigs List and the a vinyl decal found in my Etsy shop. We were able to get glass block cheap, so we found a drill bit at Lowe’s to drill into the back of the blocks to insert the mesh and lights in the block. You can also find the blocks ready to decorate at your favorite craft store, especially around Christmas time.
There are so many ways you can decorate these glass blocks with vinyl. You can find the Oh Holy Night cutting file in Camilla’s Paper Creations online store.
Materials Needed for Glass Blocks with Vinyl
- Glass block
- Christmas lights
- Decorative mesh or other material to fill the glass block
- Vinyl Decal to fit the glass block, Oh Holy Night used in featured project.
Cutting Vinyl Decal
Before cutting the vinyl decal to place on the glass block, measure the glass block and draw the dimensions of the glass block in the software to use as a template. Resize the decal to fit within the template to ensure the vinyl will fit on the glass block once it is cut. The nice thing about vinyl is that the way is it laid out and spaced in the cutting software, is how it will cut, so there is no lining up individual elements.
When ordering vinyl, you will want to have your glass block so it can be measured before ordering. The glass blocks I had, have a decorative edge around them, so you will want to measure within this area where you want to decal to fit. When you order a cut decal, it will come to the size you ordered so it is important to accurately measure the design area only. If you have questions regarding the decal and you are ordering from somewhere like Etsy, don’t be afraid to send a convo to the shop owner to make sure you are clear on what you are ordering. Most Etsy shops will also do customization of existing decals or create a custom design for you. Around Christmas or busy season, custom work may be limited so make sure you plan ahead.
Applying the Vinyl
Clean the block with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball prior to adding the vinyl. This will remove any grease or debris that will prevent the vinyl from sticking or cause bumps under the vinyl. Use vinyl transfer to carry the vinyl from the vinyl backing to the glass block. When applying the vinyl to the block, I like to visually align the cut vinyl on the block instead of the transfer. The transfer may be cut or applied to the cut decal uneven, so use the actual cut vinyl as a guide when applying the vinyl to the block. Once the vinyl makes any contact with the block…that is where it is going to be, so hoover the vinyl over the glass block without making contact until the location of the vinyl is determined.
Inserting Lights and Mesh into Glass Block
Depending on the size of hole there is in the glass block, inserting the lights and mesh can be tricky. I like to wrap the mesh around the light to not only stiffen the mesh but also distribute the lights so they are not bunched in one area. You can also concentrate the lights in one area for added affect.
For a finishing tough, tie a bow around the glass block to finish off the sides.