Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What I Made Wednesday {Glass Block Creation}

Ooooo have I gotta thing for glass block and I'm totally impressed by all you wonderful people out there that have done nothing but spectacular projects using them. I decided to come up with my own little creation to add to the mix. I hope it measures up to your liking!


What You'll Need

 
Krafty Block Glass Block
Scrapbook paper
Diamond Glaze or Modge Podge
Paintbrushes
Scissors
Pencil
Ribbon
Fall floral
Leaf stickers
Alphabet stickers
Blue Painter's Tape, not shown


  
What You'll Do
Don't be intimidated by the multiple steps that follow. It's really quite simple, I'm just thorough. Don't be afraid to make your glass block your own - use it as your canvas and explore the possibilities. At the end of this post I've shared with you my Pinterest pages where I collected several glass block projects that helped me get inspired.

Trace your glass block onto your scrapbook paper with a pencil and cut out.
I chose to position the glass block's opening to be the top. To adhere the scrapbook paper to the back of the glass block, I used something called DiamondGlaze. If you don't have this, no worries, just use ModgePodge.
Carefully smooth out any wrinkles and air bubbles that may have formed between the paper and glass block. Doing this will allow the glue to seep out the sides. Just take a damp paper towel and wipe clean.
It looks cute enough at this point but we can do so much more!
Using blue painter's tape as a guide, apply your lettering. Mine looks like tree bark!
Insert your floral and place the cap back on.
What You'll Need to Know to Finish
Again, it looks good but we could do so much better still. We have to hide that ugly plastic cap that covers the hole opening so take a 2-inch ribbon and wrap it around the perimeter of the glass block. Make it easier on yourself and make sure your ribbon is the same pattern on both sides. The one I chose was white on the opposite side and so I had to double up the ribbon, gluing the backsides together. Remember, the sides of your glass block will have the ribbon showing through so you want it to be pretty.

As a finishing touch I took leaf stickers and scattered them to the front, left face.

I worked on this project 2 days ago out on my back deck, soaking in the sunshine. Do you see the beautiful warmth in the pictures I took. Oh, it felt so good to be out there in the late days of October. Indian Summer, how I wish you could stay longer. Glad I enjoyed you, though, when you were here.

I was so inspired by many glass block projects out there and I wanted to share with you, those that I just absolutely adore! Enjoy and start those wheels turning to indulge in your own glass block project! Easy and fun!

Pinspirations!
See my PinBoards for these links here and there!

I purchased my glass block from Hobby Lobby.

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7 comments:

Suzan Wood-Young said...

So pretty!

With A Blast said...

Lovely! I love it :-)
Linda

designeddecor said...

I love it! I really love the idea of placing the scrapbook paper on the back for a colorful back drop! Great idea! It turned out so pretty!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Ali @craftyWImama said...

Super cute! Good work!!!

Stacey said...

Very, very cute idea!
Thanks for linking up this week to the party - hope to see you this week as well!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Rose, Happy Home Decorating said...

Unique!!! Thank you for linking it up at http://www.finecraftguild.com A new linky party will open again tomorrow. Look forward to seeing you again then!

 

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