Creative Glass Block Crafts For Beginners

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Are you looking for glass block crafts? Creating a seasonal look in your home doesn’t have to be hard. Just a few simple items put together can create a glowing gift and add ambiance in your home.

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Discover a world of creativity with these beginner-friendly glass block crafts. Learn how to transform ordinary glass blocks into stunning decorative pieces with step-by-step instructions and inspiring ideas. Let your imagination soar with these fun and unique projects for all skill levels.

You can find these craft blocks at your local craft store like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and sometimes Amazon. Just make sure your decorative glass blocks have a hole already in them or you’ll be needing to drill a hole. It should also be a hollow glass block.

Glass Block Crafts

Glowing Gift Glass Block Craft

Materials Needed:  

Step 1: Place lights in the block

Put your lights into the glass block. The glass blocks already come with a hole in them. They are made for this, so you don’t have to worry about things getting hot. If you’d rather use battery-operated lights – go for it. They sell those at Dollar Tree as well.

Step 2: Apply the bow to the block

Cut the long ribbon off the bow.  

Wrap one ribbon around the block. (This will be the bottom of the block.) I used scotch tape to hold it in place, but you could use double stick tape, glue dots, hot glue, whatever you would like.

Wrap the other ribbon around the block and secure in place.

Put the bow on top. You can just set in on, or you can secure it using tape, glue dots, etc.

Step 3: Plug in and enjoy.

Plug in and you’re done.

This project is easy, and great for all ages. Great for decorations, party crafts, or a gift. We used this for Christmas, but another thing I like about this project is that it can be used for birthdays too!   It’s easy to store, and I have had this for a few years now.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Here's the completed night light and I love it. Place this anywhere in your home and share the inspiration.

Follow Your Dreams Nightlight

I created this fun and inspiring glass block that exists as a nightlight in our home today. I made a simple purchase at the dollar store of a wall decal and brought this quote to life. You can find this and 4 other DIYs at 5 Easy DIY Makeovers using decals from craft stores.

Plug/turn your lights on and you're done.

Plain Glass Block to Glowing Valentine Decor

Creating a seasonal look in your home doesn’t have to be hard. Just a few simple items put together can create ambiance in your home. This project is easy and I made it for valentine’s day. You could have more fun as these are great for decorations, party crafts, or a gift. This simple project consists of some contact paper, and window clings. You can find the full tutorial at Plain Glass Block to Glowing Valentine Decor

Plain Glass Block to Glowing St. Patrick’s Day Decor (2 Options)

Just pick some lights of your choice to insert inside of these easy holiday DIYs. No silhouette, SVG, or Cricut needed, just grab some decals from the dollar store and stick them on the front of the block, or with some contact paper and window clings you have a whole different look. You can find the full tutorial at Plain Glass Block to Glowing St. Patrick’s Day Decor (2 Options)

I added a dollar store hat onto the top of the block, and I used a rubberband to create a little ball on top. I love this as a nightlight in our bathroom.

Fun and exciting Snowman Craft Block

I grabbed some simple supplies from Dollar Tree and a few items I had at home to create this winter home decor (I left it out beyond the Christmas decor, why not… winter is all season). I created the frosted look with contact paper (make sure to smooth out the air bubbles) and use a button for each eye, markers, carrot scrapbook paper nose, hat on the top of the block, etc. Add some snowflakes to your hat. You can find the full tutorial at Super Easy DIY Snowman Crafts You Can Make In One Day

Plug in and that's it. This is a great option for those who have covered porches and don't get enough light to charge solar lights.

How To Make House Numbers

Our street light went out a long time ago, and many friends complained they couldn’t see the numbers on our home. So to welcome them and help them out, I grabbed some numbers and place them on the outside of a small block, placed the light inside of the block, plugged it in, and this is a different DIY glass block craft that was useful. You can see this and other address numbers at How To Make Solar Light House Numbers If you’re light is exposed to the elements you can add some outdoor Mod Podge to it.

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I have added glass marbles inside, faux snow inside, and spray snow outside, I have painted the outside with glass paints. There are so many ideas!

These make a thoughtful gift and can be used for weddings with pictures inside, make a pumpkin for Halloween, add some moss inside and make a fairy garden!

Glass Block Crafts Q & A

What do you fill glass blocks with?


Glass blocks can be filled with a variety of materials to create beautiful and decorative pieces. Here are some popular options:

Fairy lights: One of the most common choices is to fill glass blocks with fairy lights or string lights. The lights illuminate the block from within, creating a magical and enchanting effect.

Decorative ornaments: You can fill glass blocks with various decorative items such as colorful beads, seashells, marbles, dried flowers, or artificial foliage. These objects add texture and visual interest to the block.

Fabric or paper: Another option is to insert fabric or paper cutouts inside the glass block. This can include patterned or textured papers, fabric scraps, or even photographs. The translucent nature of the glass will enhance the colors and patterns.

Sand or colored stones: Filling glass blocks with layers of colored sand or small stones can create an attractive and textured look. You can experiment with different colors and textures to achieve the desired effect.

Liquid and floating objects: For a unique visual effect, you can fill glass blocks with clear or colored liquids like colored water, oils, or even decorative glitters. Adding floating objects such as small plastic fish, flowers, or beads can further enhance the visual appeal.

Remember to seal the glass block securely after filling to prevent the contents from shifting or spilling out. Additionally, consider the overall aesthetic and theme you want to achieve when selecting the materials to fill your glass blocks. Let your creativity guide you in creating stunning and personalized decorative pieces.

How do you decorate glass blocks?

Decorating glass blocks offers a range of creative possibilities. Here are some ideas and techniques to decorate glass blocks:

Painting: Use glass paints or acrylic paints specifically designed for glass surfaces to add vibrant colors and patterns to the block. You can paint freehand designs, create stenciled patterns, or even use masking tape to create clean lines and geometric shapes.

Etching: Etching can be achieved by using etching cream or a glass etching solution. Apply the etching product to the surface of the glass block following the instructions provided. It creates a frosted or textured appearance, allowing for elegant designs and patterns.

Decoupage: Decorate the glass block with decoupage technique by applying decorative paper, fabric, or napkins to the surface using decoupage glue or Mod Podge. This technique allows for endless possibilities in terms of design and personalization.

Stickers and Vinyl Decals: Apply adhesive stickers or vinyl decals to the glass block for a quick and easy decorative touch. Choose from a wide range of designs and themes, such as floral patterns, quotes, or holiday motifs.

Embellishments: Add extra dimension and flair by attaching various embellishments to the glass block. This could include rhinestones, beads, charms, ribbons, or buttons. Use glue or adhesive dots to securely attach these decorative elements.

Laser engraving or sandblasting: For intricate and professional-looking designs, consider laser engraving or sandblasting techniques. These methods require specialized equipment and may be best suited for more advanced or professional projects.

Remember to clean the glass block thoroughly before decorating, and protect any areas you don’t want to be painted or etched using masking tape or adhesive stencils. Let your imagination run wild and experiment with different techniques to create unique and personalized glass block decorations.

Are you looking for glass block crafts? Just a few simple items put together can create a glowing gift and add ambiance in your home.

These are such fun and easy crafts that can have heartfelt messages with vinyl letters, and adhesive vinyl decal sayings, or be creative and let your imagination run wild with possibilities.

Learn more about “Creating Seasonal Decor for Your Home” to create seasonal decor that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

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26 Comments

  1. That is so pretty. I love your ideas! 🙂

  2. I love this – so pretty! I think I am going to make this!

    1. Thank you Natalie and I’m so excited you want to give it a try. I’d love to see pictures when you’re done 🙂

  3. What a cute and economical crafting idea! I love this. Thanks for sharing with us at the Virtual Refrigerator. Pinned.

    1. Thank you and thanks so much for the Pin 🙂

  4. My daughter made one of these a couple years ago, and we still display it! So pretty, yet so simple! Thanks for sharing it with us on the Virtual Fridge!

    1. They are so beautiful, and so glad to hear you have one in your home as well. I love getting it out every year 🙂

  5. This is so pretty. I can imagine this is a special decoration to get out each year.

    1. Thank you Debra, and we do love getting it out. We use it for birthdays as well 🙂

    1. Thanks Roseann and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Marilyn for the feature and thank you for hosting a place for all of use to share ideas 🙂

  7. This is a perfect sparkle to add to the decor! I have to go back to Home Depot one more time for a glass block! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

    1. Thank you Linda, I love it because it can be used to bring a little sparkle to the house for other occasions like birthdays and more…

  8. That’s clever, so simple but it looks so pretty.

  9. How pretty and easy to make. A lady in my area sells a ton of these at every festival. Very popular.

  10. I love this glass block made into a glowing gift! This is a bit of a nostalgic post and it is wonderful.

    1. Thank you Amy and I tend to use this one year around – not only for the holidays but also for birthdays, anniversaries, etc…

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