DIY Holiday Glass Blocks with Window Cling
These holiday glass blocks with lights make an easy way to decorate for the holidays using a multi-layer design and window cling material from Cricut. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to make your own holiday glass blocks project this holiday season.
Add warm winter glow and just the right amount of sparkle with these Holiday Glass Blocks.
These are made using my layered letter designs, glass blocks, and window cling. Yep, that’s right I said window cling!
If you’re a fan of vinyl and haven’t tried window cling yet, head to your local craft store right now. No, wait at least until the end of this tutorial.
This material has become one of my favorites to work with. It cuts just like vinyl and is just as fun to weed.
What I love most about this material is that you don’t have to commit to what you’re making! Today it says NOEL and maybe next year I want it to say something else. It’s so easy to remove them and reuse them. I love it!
What's the Different Between Window Cling and Removable Vinyl?
Window cling is not the same as removable vinyl. Removable vinyl is a strong adhesive and isn’t meant to be removed and reused. Window cling is a non-adhesive material that’s meant to be reused and rearranged over and over.
Where Do I Buy Window Cling?
I use Cricut brand Window Cling and you can buy it at most craft stores or online on Amazon.
What Colors Does Window Cling Come In?
The colors for window cling are very limited. Black, White, Frosted, Red, Green, and Orange. I wish Circuit made it in more colors.
BUT WAIT, there's a workaround. Did you know you can use window cling as the base and layer on permanent vinyl? That way you have hundreds of different color choices!
What Surfaces Can I Put Window Cling On?
The window cling material can be used on most non-porous surfaces but today I’m using them on glass blocks. The glass blocks have a removable stop that allows you to add decorative lighting, mini ornaments, flowers, you name it.
I'm Sold, How Do I Make the Holiday Glass Blocks?
Let me show you how to make holiday glass blocks in Cricut Design Space using my Holiday Layered Alphabet and layering window cling.
As mentioned above, you can also layer on permanent vinyl and which allows for so many more color options.
This can also be made using a Silhouette, Brother Scan n Cut, or another cutting machine. Just choose the file type that works for your machine. You can reference the 'How to use cut files' document included in the zip file to learn which file type is needed for your cutting machine.
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Materials & Supplies
- Holiday Layered Alphabet Cut Files
- Cricut Cutting Mat - LightGrip or StandardGrip
- Window Cling - (1 roll of each color if spelling Noel)
- Permanent Vinyl - (Instead of layering window cling you can also layer on Permanent Vinyl which will give you so many more color options. Just keep the window cling material as your base)
- Weeding Tool
- Transfer Tape
- Glass Blocks - Mini or Original
- Fairy Lights
Resize the remaining letters.
Note: You can mirror the design and place each layer on top of each other using the backing of the window cling by flipping it over. I like to use transfer tape similar to using permanent vinyl so I can line up the layers better. If you're using transfer tape you do not have to mirror. Either way works.
Weeding the Window Cling
Window cling weeds similar to vinyl. If any piece comes up just lightly pat it back in place.
Once you have all of the letters weeded use scissors to cut out each individual letter so you can layer them.
Assembling the Layered Letters
Cut a piece of transfer tape slightly bigger than the size of the letters. Make sure you don't use transfer tape that is too sticky or you won't be able to get the letters off.
I love the Frisco Craft Transfer Tape because it has just the right amount of stickiness for my projects. But even for this project, I rub the transfer tape on my shirt or pants before applying it to the letters.
Starting with the top layer, apply the transfer tape. Then remove the backing from the window cling.
Next, apply the top layer to the second layer. Then remove the backing from the window cling of the second layer.
Repeat until you have assembled all five layers.
If you're using permanent vinyl you would layer in the same exact way. Just be really careful because permanent vinyl is very sticky and wants it touches another layer it's hard to get undone. Go slow as you layer.
Applying the Window Cling to the Glass Blocks
Once you have all five layers of the letter, apply the layers to the glass block.
Slowly remove the transfer tape from the top layer. Now that the letters are layered you can remove them and reuse them however you'd like.
Now let's make these glass blocks even more festive, shall we? Fill the glass block with fairy lights, flowers, or even mini ornaments.
Here's a look at my finished NOEL Holiday Glass Blocks layering window cling.
Here's a look at the same project layering permanent vinyl on top of the window cling. They both turned out great but you have so many more color options with the permanent vinyl.
This creates truly unique holiday home decor and can be displayed in entryways, on bookshelves, or even under the tree. You’ll have so much fun making this one!
Ready to make your own?
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DIY Holiday Glass Blocks with Window Cling