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Craftdown 2010 Week 2 – Mosaic Block

Chances are if you’ve ever been to a craft show, you’ve seen the various uses for glass blocks. For several years now, crafters have typically tied them with fancy ribbons and bows, then filled them with Christmas lights.

So here’s a little different take on the glass block. Use sea glass or stained glass pieces to make your own work of art!

What you’ll need:

  • Glass block – available at arts and crafts stores and home improvement stores NOTE: if you purchase a a solid block, make sure you or someone you know can drill a hole in it, so you can get lights inside!
  • Sea glass or stained glass pieces – available at craft stores
  • Glass glue
  • Small strand of holiday lights (I used a strand of 15 for this 6-inch block)

How to assemble:

  • Lay glass flat on newspaper
  • Start gluing
  • There really wasn’t rhyme or reason for our pattern. Colton and I just started gluing pieces of sea glass onto the block, rotating out colors.
  • Be sure to allow glue to dry before standing upright.
  • Once the front is finished, you can decorate the sides and top, as well.
  • Insert the strand of lights into bottom of block.
  • Turn on the lights and enjoy!

This project took about 30 minutes. I was amazed at how quickly it came together. The block could be used as a nightlight, or simply to set a more romantic mood in any room. The light strand I used is actually battery powered, making it perfect for placing just outside the entry to a home.

For those quilters out there (or anyone else so inspired), I suspect it would be fairly easy to make a pattern for a small quilt square or other design. You’re only limited by your own imagination.

So that’s it for this week – hope you like it! Meanwhile, we’d sure like to hear from you guys! Send us your favorite holiday crafts, foods and decorations today!

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