How to Make a Lighted Glass Block

How to Make Lighted Glass Block Tutorial

How to Make Lighted Glass Block Tutorial

DIY Halloween Decor in Less than 1 Hour!

Happy October everyone! It‚Äôs Shalon here with a super quick and easy lighted glass block craft idea that is perfect for my favorite month! I just started a new job so unfortunately my crafting time has taken a hit ūüôĀ Thankfully, this project allowed me to create a fun new piece of DIY Halloween d√©cor in less than an HOUR. Yes, you read that correctly, under 1¬†HOUR¬†– and that includes all of the pictures I stopped to snap for you fine folks! This is a perfect craft for a beginner, or to satisfy your crafting itch if you‚Äôre short on time (like me!)

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Decorative Glass Block ‚Äď I used the¬†Art Minds Decorative Glass Block¬†from my local Michaels store that is 3.6 in. x 7.6x 3.06 in., which is perfect for this Graveyard vinyl design!
  • Light Strand – I used the¬†Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Strand¬†(Note: The Heidi Swapp lights need 2 AAA batteries.) Christmas lights can also be used, just keep in mind the cord will stick out of the block and need to be close to an outlet!
  • Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, or other electronic cutting machine.
  • Vinyl design – I chose the¬†Spooky Graveyard Scene SVG Cut File¬†design (requires Silhouette Studio Designer Edition, Cricut Design Space, or other cutting software that accepts SVGs.)
  • Transfer paper¬†¬†or clear contact paper (I used transfer paper for this project).
  • Permanent/Outdoor Adhesive Vinyl – I used Black Oracal 651 from¬†Expressions Vinyl.
  • Scraper (or credit card/old gift card, popsicle stick) for burnishing
  • Weeding hook, X-acto knife, or other weeding tool
  • Rubbing Alcohol (to clean surface)
  • Heat Gun (or hair dryer) – optional

How to Make a Lighted Glass Block Crafts Supplies

The following were also super helpful for me! ūüėČ

  • Rainy Day
  • Napping Child
  • Familiar¬†TV in the Background

Design Prep

1. Measure Surface. Measure the inner flat surface of the glass block. My glass block had a beveled edge and I wanted the design to lie flat within the beveled frame. The inner measurements of this glass block were: 2.75 in. x 6.75 in. 2. Open Cut File in your Cutting Software. (I used Silhouette Designer Edition with my Silhouette Cameo, but this file is equal opportunity for all SVG enabled cutting machines!) I am using the Spooky Graveyard Scene SVG Cut File & Clipart design. This file includes 2 options: the top option has separated colors for layering, and the bottom is just the silhouette, which is perfect for lighted crafts like glass blocks and mason jars!.

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Select and delete the top portion, leaving just the graveyard silhouette on the page. (You could also select and drag the other design elements off to the side if you are nervous about deleting them from your file).

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3. Resize the Design to Fit your Glass Block. In Silhouette Studio, you can resize by opening the Scale Window, and adjusting the width/height to the desired dimensions. I recommend checking the Lock Aspect box to keep the proportions of the design in tact. Luckily, the dimensions for this design were already 2.751 in. x 5.934 in. which was perfect for the size of my glass block, so I left the size as is, and just moved the design to the upper left corner of the page to make the best use of my vinyl.

Silhouette Studio place design on page for cutting

Cutting Vinyl

4.¬†Load Vinyl into your Cutting Machine.¬†The¬†Cameo does not require a mat to cut vinyl, but you will need to¬†move the roller to allow the machine to grab the vinyl. Then select “Load Media” on the machine’s front panel. You can of course, place your vinyl on a mat to cut. This would be necessary if you are using a smaller piece of scrap vinyl for this project.

Move Roller on Silhouette Cameo

5. Adjust Cut Settings.¬†Once¬†your vinyl is¬†loaded, return to Silhouette Studio, open the Cut Settings window, select the design,¬†and chose “Cut”. Under “Material Type”, double-click on Vinyl and adjust your cut settings.

Adjust cut settings for vinyl in Silhouette Cameo

For this project, I used the following settings: Blade 2, Speed 7, Thickness 5. Don’t forget to adjust¬†the blade setting on your physical blade- not just onscreen! Depending on your machine, blade type etc, your settings may be different. Once your settings are chosen, click “Send to Silhouette”. This design cut beautifully!

Weeding & Decal Prep

6.¬†Trim Vinyl. If you cut your vinyl straight off the sheet or roll, you’ll need to trim the design from the unused portion of vinyl.¬†I used my Fiskars Trimmer to trim off the extra vinyl. You can skip this step if you used a pre-cut or scrap piece of vinyl.

Trim excess vinyl

7.¬†Weed the Design. “Weeding”¬†refers to the careful removal of the excess vinyl / negative space that is not part of the design.

Weeding Tips: Go slow. Start from a corner and peel the vinyl back onto itself and gently slide it back. Watch out for any parts that do not cleanly separate ‚Äď often times a little poke with your hook, help from the Xacto Knife can help separate pieces.

Weeding a vinyl design

I used a weeding hook to help peel back the larger vinyl sections and an Xacto Knife to poke out the smaller inner pieces.

Weeding a vinyl design for glass block craft

8. Apply Transfer Tape to the Design. Cut a section of transfer tape large enough to cover the entire graveyard vinyl decal. Place the transfer tape carefully over the design and burnish (rub) with your scraper to completely adhere the transfer tape to the vinyl design.

Apply transfer tape to vinyl

9. Prepare Glass Block Surface. Peel off any labels from the glass block. I used a craft scraper and my nails to help remove the stubborn paper pieces. Any remaining glue residue can be removed with rubbing alcohol. You’ll need to clean the glass block with rubbing alcohol anyway so the vinyl has a clean surface to stick to. I cleaned both sides to make sure all the glue was gone and so it wouldn’t matter on what side I decided to place the decal.

Clean surface for vinyl

Apply Vinyl Decal

10. Now we are ready to Apply the Vinyl Decal. To help with placement, I used my Fiskars Trimmer to cut off a little extra vinyl backing paper from the bottom of the decal so I could more evenly place the design on the block.

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Peel the backing paper off the design, and hold only the transfer tape as you place the decal on the glass block.

Remove vinyl backing

Slowly begin to stick the bottom edge of the decal down, then slide your finger up the center of the design. I find this helps prevent air bubbles.

Apply vinyl decal to lighted glass block 1

Slide your scraper tool across the design working from the center out (again, this helps with those pesky air bubbles!)

Apply vinyl decal to lighted glass block 2

11, Burnish (Rub). Using your scraper tool and/or your fingers, rub back and forth over the design to transfer the vinyl from the transfer tape to the glass block and to push out any air bubbles.

Burnish vinyl design on glass block

12. Remove Transfer Tape. Once you feel confident that the vinyl has transferred to your glass surface, peel away the transfer tape. Fold a corner of the transfer tape back onto itself and slowly peel it off and away.

Remove transfer tape from vinyl decal

If you have any air bubbles that managed to sneak in, use a heat gun or a hair dryer to heat, and then burnish again to push them out.

Apply heat to remove air bubbles in vinyl

My top cloud had a few air bubbles and I was able to remove them with a little heating action!

Glass Block with Vinyl Decal

Add Lights!

13. Add Lights! Remove the plastic cap on the side of the glass block, insert your lights, and Replace the cap. I love that Heidi Swap Lights are battery operated, so there is no cord coming out the side!

Lighted Glass Block DIY Halloween Craft

TA DA! Our easy¬†lighted¬†glass block is complete ‚Äď and only halfway through my movie!

Lighted Glass Block Crafts Tutorial

Variations:¬†If you’re an experienced crafter, or have a little more time on your hands, try one of these variations for a different spin on this project!

  • Create a ‚Äúfoggy‚ÄĚ look with etching cream or frosted glass spray. To achieve this look, you would first etch or spray the glass block, let dry, and then add the vinyl as shown above.
  • Use the vinyl as a stencil, and apply etching cream on the entire front. Wash away etching cream and remove vinyl leaving a clear graveyard design¬†in the ‚Äúfog.‚ÄĚ
  • Try purple, orange, or green colored lights for an extra eerie look!

How to Make a Lighted Glass Block Tutorial & SVG Cut File

Thank you for checking out this super fast and easy Halloween Lighted Glass Block tutorial! If you like it, go ahead and share on Pinterest or hit one of the Share buttons below!

Wishing you all a wonderful Halloween season and May Your Crafts Be Spooktackular!

Shalon

And if you make one of these, don’t forget to¬†post them on my¬†Facebook page, or email them to me¬†to show off your awesome glass block crafts!

Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for some products recommended in this post. This means that if you purchase items through my links I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoy and when you order through my link, it helps me continue to offer you lots of free SVG files, digital papers, scrapbook sketches, tutorials, and other freebies. Thank you in advance for your support!

Layered Vinyl Mug Decal with Tutorial for Layering Multi-Color Vinyl Designs

How to Layer Vinyl Using Registration Marks

DIY Christmas Gift- How to Layer Vinyl Using Registration Marks

Spreading Handmade Christmas JOY!

Hey Everyone! Shalon here with some Christmas in July inspiration!  Too often many of us enter the holiday season with the best of crafty intentions, only to become overwhelmed and end up picking up some pre-made item for a grab bag, Pollyanna, Secret Santa, white elephant, teacher’s gift or other last minute gifting occasion! Today I’ll show you how to layer multi-color vinyl designs to transform a plain coffee mug into a special DIY Christmas gift that is both simple and inexpensive, yet still has a personal touch!

Make it now, and tuck it away for that last minute occasion. You‚Äôll thank yourself (and impress others) as you present a unique handmade gift without adding to the last minute ‚Äúcrazy‚ÄĚ of the holiday season!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A plain ceramic mug of your choosing
  • Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, or other electronic cutting machine.
  • Vinyl design – I chose the JOY Christmas SVG Cutting File & Clipart design (requires Silhouette Studio Designer Edition, Cricut Design Space, or other cutting software that accepts SVGs.)
  • Transfer paper ‚Äď Clear transfer tape is a must for layering multiple colors of vinyl.
  • Permanent/Outdoor Adhesive Vinyl – I used Oracal 651 from Expressions Vinyl.
  • Scraper (or credit card/old gift card, popsicle stick) for burnishing
  • Weeding hook, X-acto knife, or other weeding tool
  • Rubbing Alcohol (to clean surface)
  • Heat Gun (or hair dryer) – optional

Design Prep

1. Measure the face of the mug (mine was 4.5in. x 2.5in.) and create a rectangle shape with those dimensions in your cutting software to use as a guide for sizing your design. You can also use the grid lines in your cutting software, but I prefer to draw a rectangle as a helpful visual reference. Here I used Silhouette Studio Designer Edition with my Cameo, but you can follow along with your cutting software of choice.

1-Prepare Vinyl Design Draw Rectangle

2. I chose this fun and festive Joy Christmas design from Printable Cuttable Creatables, and opened up the SVG file in Studio. As with many designs from Printable Cuttable Creatables, several layering options are included, so I decided to go with the upper row of reindeer heads for this vinyl project. (For paper piecing [my first love!] the lower reindeer option would be much easier for layering and adhering paper, but alas, I digress!
SVG Cut File Paper vs Vinyl Options
3. Using the Align Window function, I quickly layered the images so I could resize them while maintaining their proportions. You could also manually align the images but ever since discovering this function, it has definitely become a go-to for me. The novelty has yet to wear off!

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Align Panel
4. Resize the design to fit within the rectangle shape guide. Be sure to leave some room at the top rim of the mug for drinking (vinyl is not food safe! Safety first!). To resize multiple pieces simultaneously, you can group all the design elements, or select them with a bounding box; I decided to group the design for resizing to make sure no pieces got left behind!

Aliign Vinyl Design

Adding Registration Marks

When it comes to vinyl I always have an internal debate – use registration marks to assure a proper line up, or just eyeball it and save vinyl. Since this is a multicolor design with some tiny pieces, I chose to use the registration mark method to make sure all the pieces align perfectly.

1. To add registration marks in Silhouette Studio, draw 2 small squares above each design shape while the design is still layered.

Add registration marks to vinyl design

2.  To cut all the colors and pieces of this design at the same time, and still keep the registration marks in tact, select each design shape with its’ registration marks, and then press and hold the OPTION (Mac) / ALT (PC) key while dragging the design to create a copy. Make a copy for each colored layer.

Cut Multiple colors on Silhouette Cameo at same time

3. Delete the unneeded colors from each copy, leaving you with separated color layers and registration marks in tact above each layer.

Prep design to cut multiple colors on Silhouette Cameo simultaneously

4. Now is a good time to group together each color layer with its’ corresponding registration marks (COMMAND+G (Mac) / CTRL+G (PC)) so they don’t get separated from each other.

Group design in silhouette studio5. Next, position your shapes on the page to correspond with where you want them to cut on your mat. Select each shape grouping according to color, and place them in the desired place on the grid.

To aid in placement of your shapes, Studio‚Äôs Reveal feature (found in the Design Page Settings tab) is super helpful. Just toggle the slider to the right to ‚Äúreveal‚ÄĚ the mat grid lines beneath. You could also use the PixScan Mat if you have one!Use Silhouette Studio Reveal feature

Getting Ready to Cut

Now it‚Äôs time to prepare your vinyl for cutting. Since the pieces of this mug decal design are fairly small, this is a great opportunity to use up any vinyl scraps you may have on hand. Waste not, want not! Here‚Äôs what my cutting mat looked like with the vinyl scraps placed to correspond with the layout on my screen. Cutting multiple colors simultaneously on Silhouette Cameo2. ¬†Before sending to your cutting machine, make sure your cut lines are turned on and set to ‚ÄúCut‚ÄĚ. For smaller more intricate cuts, I have been favoring the CB09 I find that it cuts crisper for more delicate files. My cut settings for this project were Blade 2, Speed 5, Thickness 5 and double cut. When using the standard Ratchet blade, I usually set my blade at 2, speed 8, and thickness 9, no double cut. You may need to play around with your cut settings, and be sure to do a Test Cut first! 3. ¬†When you‚Äôre ready, go ahead and send to cut!

Layering a Multi-Colored Vinyl Design

Once your vinyl is cut, go ahead and weed the designs (carefully pulling up the excess vinyl / negative space that isn‚Äôt part of the design). I weeded all shapes traditionally, except for the eyes ‚Äď since they were so very small ‚Äď I used the reverse weeding technique to make sure I didn‚Äôt miss one! Now you are ready to layer each design element by matching up the registration marks (this is why clear Transfer Tape is a must!)

  1. Place your transfer tape over the top layer of the design, making sure the registration marks are included, and burnish really well with your scraper (a credit card, old gift card works well too).
  2. Peel off the transfer tape and now your vinyl design should be adhered to it.
  3. For easier layering, you can gently place the vinyl backing behind the transfer paper, so the pieces don’t stick to each other as you line up the registration marks. Once the registration marks are lined up, remove the vinyl backing, and carefully lay the rest of the design flat over the second layer.
  4. Burnish well and remove the transfer tape.

Using Registration Marks to Layer Multi-Color Vinyl Designs Repeat the above steps for any additional colors, such as this reindeer design. Using registration marks to layer a multi-colored Vinyl Design Repeat the process for each design. Now your multi-colored vinyl designs are perfectly aligned to a single piece of transfer tape, and you are ready to apply them to the mug! Layering Vinyl Designs

Apply Vinyl

Before placing your vinyl on your mug /object, be sure to thoroughly clean the surface with rubbing alcohol and let dry. Since its alcohol, it dries very quickly. Clean Surface before applying vinyl Remembering to keep a space to drink, I began to place my vinyl. Burnishing with my finger at first, then more thoroughly with my scraper I made sure that it was completely adhered before removing my transfer tape. Applying Vinyl Decal to mug After removing the transfer tape, I hit the design with my heat gun (a hair dryer works just as well) to provide a stronger bond by warming the adhesive. How to layer multiple colors of vinyl decal Viola! My gift was done! Stuff with candy, hot chocolate, K-Cups or whatever else matches your recipient’s personality! How to Layer Multi Color Vinyl Design using Registration Marks

I hope that this tutorial helps you to get jump on that holiday craze!

May your crafts be aplenty!

If you like it, go ahead and share¬†on Pinterest or hit one of the Share buttons below! And if you make one of these, don’t forget to¬†post them on my¬†Facebook page, or email them to me ‚ÄstI love seeing your creations!

Affiliate Disclosure: I may be an affiliate for some products recommended in this post. This means that if you purchase items through my links I will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoy and when you order through my link, it helps me continue to offer you lots of free SVG files, digital papers, scrapbook sketches, tutorials, and other freebies. Thank you in advance for your support!

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