I had fun making this today!
This whole project started because I bought these orange lights at Halloween and didn’t use them. See, I needed a smaller set of lights so they would fit in these things I have in my kitchen, but I bought this huge set of like 250 lights or something and I couldn’t cram them into the kitchen thing no matter how much I tried. So, basically I waited too long to return the lights and instead of cutting my losses, I bought a glass block to cram them in and then built a project around that. I never learn. The worst part? I have another box full of those lights. Guess there’s another glass block in my future huh?
Now shall we stare at the side view? I think so.
Wanna Know How I Did This? Sweet! I was hoping you would ask.
- I bought the glass block at Hobby Lobby. (It’s hollow inside…the block is, not Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby has a chocolate center.)
- I cut a little slit in the rubber stopper that’s in the bottom of the glass block so I could fit the stopper around the light strand and plug it in.
- I plugged it in and stared at my new creation called, “Lights Crammed in Glass Block.” I let that sit for a few days as “art”. Then I realized that “Lights in Glass Block” is only art in the mildest form…so I started planning how I would decorate it.
- I used the Cuttlebug Maple Leaf combo Die Set in my Big Shot. It’s a die that you run through an embossing machine that cuts out, in this case, a Maple leaf. After you cut out the leaf, you place it in an embossing folder of the same shape and it embosses the leaf. Very Cool. So, I did that for all the leaves.
- I used several different (basically black, brown and white) Colorbox catseye chalks to ink each leaf so the embossing would show up better.
- I created the Happy Fall Yall sentiment on my Gypsy using the A Childs Year Cricut cartridge for the font.
- With the Gypsy, I was able to weld all my letters together and then cut them out on my Cricut Expression.
- I used the Deep Cut Blade (blue) and a disassembled cereal box to cut out “Happy Fall Yall”. So cool! The cereal box cardboard worked GREAT! Sadly, I had no luck cutting actual chipboard. So, I had to use the cereal box backup. I’ve got to practice more with cutting chipboard.
- I cut “Happy Fall Yall” in 2 sizes so I could do that shadow effect. I applied cardstock over the final cuts using Zip Dry. That stuff is AWESOME!
- I taped some black velvet ribbon around the sides of the block. Really…I just used Scotch tape and taped it on at the bottom. Simple! Oh and I found that ribbon when I was cleaning out a drawer in my dresser the other day. Weird.
- Then I just used some pop dots to stick the leaves and sentiment to the block.
- I pop dotted some leaves to the top and….
- TA DA!!! I plugged it in and I was finished.
Honestly, the only reason I used paper, tape and pop dots on this project was because I planned to disassemble it after Thanksgiving and either do a vinyl design or glass etch the block for Christmas. However, DH likes it so much, he wants to just put it away as is! This means I have to go to Hobby Lobby and buy another glass block. Woo hoo…a trip to Hobby Lobby!!!