Glass Block Crafts Ideas

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Home Decor, Vinyl

This is a tutorial for how to decorate glass blocks with vinyl.

I’ve had this glass block sitting in my pile of random craft supplies I like to hoard for a while. I’ve been meaning to make something with it but didn’t feel like doing a generic image or a family monogram like everyone else mostly because I already have a ton of those in other forms sitting around.

I decided to make a new family tree graphic to demonstrate how easy it is to make you own custom glass block decor piece for your home with just a little bit of vinyl.

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Materials for Glass Block Crafts

Glass Block – I would recommend going with the original Kraft Glass Block. It is perfect for any project theme.

Vinyl – I used a few sheets from an assorted set of permanent vinyl sheets I had. Don’t be afraid of the permanent vinyl, it’s not hard to get off with a little heat if you mess up. I have a separate tutorial on how to clean up vinyl here.

Transfer tape – Any brand will do.

Lights – I would recommend battery powered fairy lights for most glass block projects. That way, the block is not tethered to an outlet (which is what I had to do for the photo and it doesn’t look good)

Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.

Template – This family tree graphic is available for free in both SVG and printable PDF formats in my free resource library.

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    How to apply vinyl to glass

    First, gather all your supplies. You will need your vinyl cutout, the glass block and some transfer tape that can cover your cutout.

    I cut my vinyl decal using my Cricut cutting machine and weeding the image with tweezers. I also chose to do 3 layers of vinyl; the base black tree, the red hearts and then the white names.

    There are other ways to rearrange the vinyl layers but I find separating it out by colors to be the most straight forward.

    Getting the decals onto the glass can happen in 2 ways. You can either transfer each layer individually. Alternatively, you can add everything to the transfer paper and then add it to the glass.

    I find adding layers one by one from the bottom most layer first to be the easiest. I like going in this direction because I can then make minor adjustments to where the subsequent vinyl layers are positioned.

    Depending on your vinyl brand and the transfer tape, you may need to do a little scraping on top of the transfer tape. I find it is easiest to do a little starting scrape on the edge I am to peel off first and that is usually enough to get it started.

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