How to Make an Illuminated Glass Block Christmas Present Decoration
Glass Block Christmas Present Decorations
This Christmas, several lucky people will be receiving these beautiful glass block Christmas present decorations from me. They are so easy to make and so pretty displayed wherever an outlet is nearby to plug them in. I have used them on end tables, under the Christmas tree, and in the bathroom. They make a wonderful accent wherever you decide to put them.
- 1 glass block, pre-drilled from a craft store or whole from a home improvement store such as Home Depot or Lowe's (to see instructions for drilling a hole in a glass block, click here).
- 1 package of Christmas lights (35–50 lights. 35 lights are shown in the pictures you see in this article), your choice of color
- 1 1/2-inch-wide wire-edged ribbon, your choice of color
- pipe cleaners to match the ribbon
I work over a towel or a soft cloth to protect my glass block and the surface that I am working on. There are step-by-step pictures below these instructions.
- Remove any labels from glass block and clean thoroughly with glass cleaner.
- Remove lights from box, and work out the kinks. Then stuff into the glass block through pre-drilled opening, or 1/2" opening that you have drilled in. Be careful not to cut yourself.
- If glass edges are sharp, wear gloves. If pre-drilled block comes with a cover to insert into the hole, cut the plastic halfway through.
- Thread the Christmas light wire through slit that you cut, and place the cover in the hole. All lights should be secure inside the block.
- Wrap ribbon around glass block, just as if you were wrapping a real gift.
- Secure ribbon with a knot on top of glass block. This accomplished by wrapping ribbon around two sides of the glass block, meeting on the underside, crossing ribbons and the turning and going up the other two sides. Pull ribbons ends together at the top and secure with a knot.
- Then wrap one cut end of ribbon around ribbon laying flat against top of glass block, and secure with another knot.
- Make the bow.
- Using the pipe cleaner or floral wire, secure bow around both ribbons on top of glass block, covering the knot that was previously tied in the ribbon.
- Fluff and form bow to desired position, and you have finished your Christmas decoration.
Step One: Clean and Prepare the Block
Step Two: Prepare and Insert the Lights
Step Three: Cut a Hole in the Plastic
Step Four: Secure the Lights In
Step Five: Add Ribbon
Step Six: Tie the KnotClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step Eight: Make the Bow
Make the bow out of the same ribbon per the instructions on the video below.
Here I am making my bow in the pictures above and below. I made a 5 loop bow, with 5 loops on each side.
Step Nine: Secure the Bow
The Finished ProjectClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Half-Block Decoration
The need arose for me to make another one to give as a gift. When I went back to the store, all the larger blocks were gone, so I had to purchase a half block, which was 4" x 8". The pictures of the rectangular gift above show the finished product displayed in my bathroom. If I placed some nice greenery around it, you can see that it would make a fantastic decoration.
A Great Gift for Anyone
There you have it. This decoration would make a wonderful gift for anyone on your gift-giving list.
© 2011 Cindy Murdoch