A DIY Glass Block light is really easy to make. You can use them for nursery décor, holiday décor, wedding gifts, housewarming gifts…the list goes on and on. I’ve put together this little post to show you how to make your own DIY glass block light. And, there a video just for an added bonus.
Let’s get started making your DIY Glass Block.
Here is a list of items you’ll need.
- Glass Block (either 6” or 8” it doesn’t matter)
- Glass Block Stand
- Single Christmas Light
- Frosted Glass Spray Paint
- Vinyl decal of your choice
I got all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby for roughly $20. You may want to check around at different stores. I know Wal-Mart will have the frosted glass spray paint cheaper than a craft store will. You can purchase the vinyl decal from any craft store or make your own using a Cricut or other cutting machine. There’s also tons of Etsy shops (mine included www.etsy.com/shop/crystalscrafties) that sell vinyl decals you can use. I’m sure there are other places to purchase a vinyl decal as well. Look around and see what you can find.
First you’ll want to apply the vinyl decal to your glass block. See my blog post here on how to apply a vinyl decal for instructions on how to do this. The decals you can purchase in my shop are made to fit the 6” glass blocks but they will fit the 8” as well. They just won’t fill the space as much. Make sure you apply the decal with the opening of the glass block being at the bottom.
Spray paint the glass block with the frosted glass spray paint. You’ll need to go outside to do this. I usually slip my hand into hole at the bottom of the glass block so that all of the exterior surfaces are exposed and I’m not leaving finger prints in the spray paint. You’ll want to hold the can about a foot away from the block and get a good solid coverage. Don’t over-spray. When the spray paint is wet you won’t be able to see the frosted glass effect. Once it dries completely (24 hours or overnight) you’ll be able to see the frosted glass effect.
Once the block is fully dry (24 hours or overnight), attach the plastic cover to the bottom of the glass block. When you purchase the glass block it will come with a plastic cover and a rubber ring. For this project you will not need the rubber ring. Just fit the plastic cover into the bottom of the glass block. It should just clip right in with no issues.
Attach the Christmas light. The Christmas light attaches to the glass block stand. There is a hole in the stand. Slip the light through the hole from the bottom. The light has metal spring clips to hold it in place. Once the light is attached, slide the glass block down into the stand and you’re all done! Easy huh?
From here you can finish off the decoration any way you want. Attach a bow to the top, fill the inside of the block with decomesh, fake snow, spider webs. Let your imagination run and see what all you can come up with. Just make sure that whatever you put in the block isn’t too heat sensitive. The Christmas light will put off a little heat and you don’t want to start a fire!
Check out the video below to see how I made my Halloween Glass Block.