Hi, my name is Carmen. Welcome to Beyond The Fringe!

I love sewing, crocheting, paper crafts, drawing, doodling and more. I also like to create digital stamps and sometimes offer vintage graphics, many for free. I am a mom and a grandmother of 8 adorable grandkids whom I love to make things for.

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Dec 3, 2009

Lighted Glass Blocks

Hello Everyone!

Well, here's my latest project. I did a bunch of these up last year, and have orders for more this year. They are so easy to make if you have the right tools. After Christmas last year I bought up scads of ribbon for these...and I'll probably use some for wrapping gifts!

Like my fancy background? I'm not the queen of decor...I must admit...but you get the idea.



I really love this one with the light blue ribbon. The photo doesn't really do it justice. This one has the added effect of frosting on the glass.



I just did this little red one up for a friend today. This one has the clear glass. It's such a cute little thing. She is putting it on a table in her foyer at the entrance of her home. It's going to look so adorable there!!


Here's another picture of hers, and a regular size gold one I still had from last year. You can't see it here, but the dots on the ribbon reflect different colors. So beautiful!! This one is also frosted glass.



Here's the blue one all lit up



Aaaannnddd.....the gold one lit up.

These are so much fun to make! Here is a list of supplies for those of you who want to try it. The only thing you may need to get, is someone who has a diamond tip for a drill and is willing to bore a hole through the glass for you.

Supplies:

One glass block (approx. $5 at a hardware store)
Christmas tree lights, white or colored
Wired Ribbon
Glue Gun
Glue sticks, preferably clear
Diamond tipped drill to make small hole
Frosted glass spray (optional)
A bow maker is helpful (Michael's)
Floral wire

That's it!! They make great Christmas gifts and they really do look nice in a home, or even along the driveway as lighting...that looks especially nice in the snow! Thanks for looking and come back soon!


5 comments:

  1. My parents make these, and they are charming! They invited me to pick the ribbon for mine; I chose a frosty snowflake white, not unlike the blue one in your picture. They put colored lights in mine....there are so many choices now. Really fun.

    (But, they tell me you really do need the special cutting tools! Good news is, you can sometimes find deals on those blocks.)

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  2. These are beautiful, Carmen! I think you may have inspired this un-crafty woman to do something crafty!

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  3. Gorgeous, Carmen! Loved the one I saw Adrianna with last year!

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  4. I've never seen anything like this before and I can just imagine how gorgeous these would look together on my porch. What a creative idea!

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  5. Very cool! I've seen these at holiday bazaars and was wondering how they're being made!

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Thanks for the comments!