Lighted “Etched” Glass Block

Photo of "etched" glass block with lights off

“Etched” glass block

A good friend of mine got married last week. I was not able to go to the wedding because I was sick. Bummer. However, being stuck in the house for a few days gave me time to put some thought into a nice gift for she and her new husband.

My friend is not a “princess”…. at all. She loves hard work… cutting cords of wood, hunting, making maple syrup, and a host of other outdoor activities that she enjoys at their family camp. So, it was no surprise to me when I found out they were getting married at “The Camp”.

I though it would be nice to use her camp theme, so I decided to take advantage of a deer mount file I have to create this “etched” glass block.  Although I find glass blocks to be somewhat difficult to photograph, I hope you can see how well this turned out.

Shhhh….. I haven’t had a chance to deliver it to her yet.


  • Glass Block
  • Oracal 8810 Silver Gray Frosted Cast Vinyl
  • Clear Transfer Tape
  • 2″ Wide Ribbon
  • Red Capped Blade
  • Small squeegy
  • String of 20 clear mini lights
  • Cutting file

Settings on KNK Zing:

  • Force – 15
  • Speed – 10
  • Offset – .35


The glass block will need to have a hole in the bottom to put the lights in. If your block doesn’t have an opening, such as the ones available a Michaels or Hobby Lobby, you’ll need to drill a hole in it. There are plenty of tutorials online to describe this process, so I won’t go into the steps for this.

Photo showing where to measure on glass blockMeasure the block and decide how big you want your vinyl to be. You will probably not want it to go all the way to the edge. You can see in the photo above that I left a border around my vinyl.

Shadow Layer for Rounded Square

Create Rounded Square

You will need a square with slightly rounded corners to go along with your cut file. If you want to create one in MTC, I found using the shadow feature to be the easiest way to accomplish this. (The rounded square in the included shapes is a bit too rounded.) Just create a regular square and then a shadow layer with rounded corners. Shape Magic > Shadow Layer. Now, resize your rounded square to the size you need, and delete the original square.

Import a cutting file. Select both your image and the square and make sure they are aligned. For MTC, Align and Space > Align > Horizontal. Repeat for Vertical. Cut file.

Now, remember when you start weeding that you are removing the design from the square, so it is kind of the reverse process of what most of are used to. Apply transfer tape.

If you haven’t already, clean your glass block.  Remove backing from the vinyl and apply the vinyl to your glass block. (Make sure you line up an edge of the vinyl and apply it slowly, using your squeegy to remove any bubbles as you go. If you wish, you can fold back just a portion of backing, removing it slowly as you apply the vinyl.)

Carefully put your lights into your block. Wrap the block with ribbon and tie a bow on the top.

Plug in the lights and enjoy your lighted “etched” glass block!Photo of "etched" glass block with lights on






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