Illuminated Glass Block Christmas-Present Decoration Instructions for Gift Giving

Updated on November 17, 2016

Glass Block Christmas Present Decoration

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.


Supplies

  • 1 glass block - pre-drilled from a craft store or whole from 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 is in the pictures you see in this hub), your choice of color
  • 1-1/2 wide wire edged ribbon, your choice of color
  • pipe cleaner to match ribbon

Instructions

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.

  1. Remove any labels from glass block and clean thoroughly with glass cleaner.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Wrap ribbon around glass block, just as if you were wrapping a real gift.
  6. 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.
  7. Then wrap one cut end of ribbon around ribbon laying flat against top of glass block, and secure with another knot.
  8. Make the bow.
  9. 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.
  10. 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

Bottom of Glass Block Christmas Present Decoration
Bottom of Glass Block Christmas Present Decoration

Step Six: Tie the Knot

Top of Glass Block Christmas Present Decoration
Top of Glass Block Christmas Present Decoration

Step Eight: Making 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 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 below 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.


There you have it. Theis decoration would make a wonderful gift for anyone on your gift giving list.


Questions & Answers

    © 2011 Cindy Murdoch

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        Patty Snider 

        19 months ago

        I add a card with this note when I make them for Christmas gifts. The greatest gift ever given is Jesus .........the light of the world.

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Hi, debbie! Sure, go ahead and create a hub about it. I sure would like to see it. I take photos of most everything now, so if I want to write a hub about it, I can. But if not, then I just delete the pictures. I am looking forward to seeing it.

        Thanks so much! Here's wishing you and yours a very merry

        Christmas.

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        Debbie Roberts 

        6 years ago from Greece

        Hi,I keep trying to get five minutes on the computer...No chance at the moment....If you don't mind me creating a hub about it then I will. I didn't take photos as it didn't occur to me, but after the holidays I can dismantle it and take them then, there is always next Christmas after all!!

        I'll be sure to link it to yours too...

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        debbie - I hope you took pictures. You could write a hub about it, and then we could link them together. I would love to see your marvelous creation. It sounds beautiful. I am glad that I helped to inspire you.

        For future reference, the block advertised in the middle above is actually acrylic, so it might survive the journey.

        Here's wishing you and all your loved ones a truly blessed Christmas. Thanks so much!

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        Debbie Roberts 

        6 years ago from Greece

        Hiya homesteadbound, I just wanted to thank you for this hub , it helped to give us an idea to make an attractive decoration to add to our collection. We couldn't get the block as even Amazon would have been hard pressed to get it here in one piece with the Greek postal system!! So we used a large glass cylindrical vase filled it with mauve lights wrapped in silver tinsel then the whole vase covered in a mauve netting. It makes for a very attractive Christmas decoration and without your hub we would never have done it.

        Have a Merry Christmas & goodluck with your new job next year!!

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Movie Master - I was looking at the pictures again, and they just do not do it justice. If you make one of these I believe that you will be very pleased.

        thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the votes.

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        Movie Master 

        6 years ago from United Kingdom

        This is so creative and so pretty!

        I have never used a glass block before, suddenly I am buzzing with ideas!

        Many thanks for sharing and voting up.

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        brittanytodd. I really enjoyed making this wonderful Christmas decoration. A glass block Christmas present decoration would be an excellent Christmas present at the last minute.

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        mary615 - I hope you do get a chance to try this. If you can get the pre-drilled block, it is so easy. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Brittany Kennedy 

        6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

        Wow! This is such a creative idea! Great work, HSB. You explained everything so clearly. Thanks for sharing, voted up, etc.

      • homesteadbound profile imageAUTHOR

        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        mary615 - I am pleased that you enjoyed this craft project. Glass blocks make beautiful "Christmas presents"!

        Thanks for stopping by.

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        Mary Hyatt 

        6 years ago from Florida

        What a great idea! I'd like to try this craft. I've used glass blocks in construction, but never a craft. I voted this UP, etc. Thanks for sharing.

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        debbie roberts - You can get this blocks at a home improvement store, or you can order them from amazon - I provided a link.

        These really are pretty and easy to make.

        Thanks for stopping by!

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        Debbie Roberts 

        6 years ago from Greece

        What a great idea, I love twinkle and lights at Christmas and this decoration looks so effective. Unfortunately we have no craft shops here but if I can find a suitable glass holder that hubby he can drill a hole into I'll be giving this a go myself...Excellent hub that I thoroughly enjoyed

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        WillStarr - These glass block Christmas present decorations are really great, whether you are making them for yourself or others. Let me know how they turn out!

        Thanks for stopping by!

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        billips - When ever the recipient receives them, they are sure to love them.

        How wonderful to be finished with your Christmas shopping already.

        Thanks for stopping by!

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        VirginiaLynne - You might take a look at the bow video that I included with this hub. It appears to be even easier than any I have seen before. I have a couple more of these to make and I will be using the techniques shown in this video.

        But yes, they can be purchased also.

        Have a very merry Christmas! And thanks for stopping by!

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Hillbilly Zen - You've been reading about my conversations with my husband I see. I don't give him such a hard time when I need him to do something. LOL

        I hope you get a chance to make one of these. They really are pretty!

        Thanks for stopping by, and here's hoping you have a merry Christmas.

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        WillStarr 

        6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        What a great idea! We'll try it.

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        billips 

        6 years ago from Central Texas

        What a great idea, and it looks pretty easy - would certainly make a lovely and unusual Christmas gift - I've finished all my gifts for this year, but will definitely make a few of these next year - regards, B.

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        Virginia Kearney 

        6 years ago from United States

        Great project idea--thanks for the photos. I'm not a great bow maker but a person could also just buy a bow if they aren't crafty. Votes up and beautiful. I also like the copyright info at the end of the hub. I probably ought to put something like that on mine.

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        Hillbilly Zen 

        6 years ago from Kentucky

        How cool is this! Wonderful photos and easy to follow instructions. Thanks for sharing this great idea, Ms. Cindy.

        Voted up and all across including funny, because I could just imagine you talking your husband into drilling the holes.

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        carol3san - it really did not take that long to make these glass block Christmas presents for gifts. In fact it took me longer to down load the pics than it took e to make it. And then it took longer to write it and insert all the capsules than it did to make. So it really is an easy project to make.

        You ought to give it a try. It really is easy.

        Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Gail/Happyboomernurse - I purchased one of these several years ago. I love it. My husband did not want to drill the holes to make them, but yesterday when we went to the craft store, the blocks were half off! That was a deal I could not pass up. They are so pretty.

        Thanks for stopping by!

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        Carolyn Sands 

        6 years ago from Hollywood Florida

        This is very interesting. I truly admire anyone who has the time to do this sort of thing. Both the glass and the bow are very beautiful. voted up,useful and interesting.

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        Gail Sobotkin 

        6 years ago from South Carolina

        What a beautiful, unique, economical and thoughtful craft gift to make. Great step by step instructions and photos. I've never seen one of these in person but it looks awesome in the photo. Voted up across the board except for funny. Thanks for sharing this information.

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