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Lori Whitlock Christmas Blog Hop – Glass Etch Vinyl Nativity Scene Candle

Today I’m participating in a Christmas Blog Hop using digital files created by Lori Whitlock.  I used the Silhouette Cameo to do all my cutting.  I heart that machine!  I used Lori’s Nativity file AND…GLASS ETCH VINYL!  Say what?  You haven’t heard of it?  It’s super cool!  It gives a glass etched look to things without you actually having to glass etch.  That’s perfect for large areas, things you don’t want permanently etched (your windows) and hard to etch things.

Dollar Store, what treasures you hold!


I used a Dollar Store tall glass candle and vase/glass cylinder.  Woo hoo we’re at 2 bucks!  I bought that sand in the clearance aisle at Target one year because I knew one day I’d need some sand.  True story.  Remember when I made hurricane lamps from those?  So fun!   I bought my glass etch vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.com.  They call theirs “dusted crystal” vinyl.

That’s Glass Etch Vinyl.

I cut the vinyl out using my Silhouette Cameo and Lori’s Nativity file .  Honesty time.  I was originally creating this on a glass block which better showed the glass etched function of this vinyl but I had some candle issues and that project could not go forward.  Methinks SuperJoy was super tired and shouldn’t have been playing with fire…(including electric candles…)…so sad.  <whistle…whistle…eye avoidance>

Let’s Take It from the Top…Hit it!

No, don’t hit it.  It’s glass.  Some days I think in theater terms and show tunes.  It’s a curse.

I used transfer tape to adhere the vinyl Nativity scene to the glass jar and then I stuck the candle in there.  I added sand to keep the candle in place.  Using something removable to hold your candle in place allows you to exchange it for a new candle when necessary.  You can add sand or other non flammable substances…like…brownies because then you can eat them  seasonal items that won’t burn your house down.  I stuck those rocks in the top to keep the sand from being disturbed and landing in anyone’s food during a feast.  DH saw this and loved it.  He already stuck it on the mantle.  I hope you like it too!


If you missed the free tag give away, they are now available for purchase at Lori’s store. 🙂

Check out all the blogs on the hop!

Joy – (YOU ARE HERE @ Joy’s Life.com)
Lori is giving away a $25 gift card to her shop at loriwhitlock.com to one randomly chosen person who comments at each of the seven blogs. Lori announced the winner HERE.

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  1. treecreations says:

    Super cute!!!! Love everything!!!

  2. love dollar store treasures!! thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Thanks for sharing the project. Gotta get that vinyl. So cool!

  4. I hadn’t seen that class etch vinyl before. What a beautiful and easy gift idea!

  5. meredeEnA says:

    Hey, Joy! I had no idea there was such a thing as glass etch vinyl! What a wonderful idea, especially for those of us afraid of things that might – no would – do damage to other things because we’re clumsy! Thanks for sharing your project and very fun sense of humor!!!
    rgauss at sbcglobal dot net

  6. Christine says:

    Joy, your candle holder looks beautiful. I bought some vinyl, but haven’t used it yet. How does transfer tape work? Never used it.

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    1. Christine,
      You use transfer tape to help you move your vinyl from it’s backing to your project. You lay the transfer tape over the weeded vinyl, burnish (rub down) the tape over the vinyl, then lift the tape. Your vinyl should lift from the backing at this point. You might have to reburnish a bit if it doesn’t. With your vinyl attached to your transfer tape, you’re ready to put it on the surface you intend to decorate! YAY! Now, that’s the very short version of the answer. I do have a whole DVD about using vinyl with the Cricut if you are interested in learning more about vinyl and different techniques. 🙂

  7. Oh Joy, that glass etch vinyl is so cool! I would have never known about it if not for you “enabling” me , err, I mean TELLING me about it! Thanks for the great ideas!

  8. Your glass etching is beautiful. Great job. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  9. angiehbug says:

    This is beautiful! Great gift idea. tfs

  10. NancyRuess says:

    Very beautiful work! Thanks for sharing this project, it is very exciting to try it out.

  11. LOVE it!!!!
    I love etching glass, and playing with vinyl,
    this looks great!!!!

  12. bunnyfreak says:

    Brownies sound like a great idea. Any left? LOL :+) Love the look of the glass etch vinyl.

  13. I LOVE how this turned out! And without burning the house down! I’m ALL for that! 😉
    Pretty and a inexpensive idea Joy! Thanks for sharing it and your wonderful sense of humor! 🙂

  14. Terri Marchbanks says:

    Love the Project Lovely Thanks for sharing Joy…

  15. Beautiful!

  16. Neat project & I love the fact that you got the supplies at the Dollar Store! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Crafty_kitten at mac dot com

  17. As often as I’ve done glass etching for gifts, I didn’t know about the glass etch vinyl. Thanks for the tip! Your candle holder is absolutely gorgeous – anyone would be proud to put it on their mantle! (I came across you first, so have to go back and visit the rest of the hop, my first digital one!!)

  18. lovetocare says:

    Really awesome ideas, yes we can do a lot buying in the dollar store. With this economy we have to stretch our money more than we used too.

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    thanks for a chance to win

  19. kaperture says:

    Glass etch vinyl, say what?!? TFS!


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