Seven +/- years ago, I came across my first lighted glass block.  I was so frustrated with the problem of cutting the hole in the glass.  Finally I found, on line, a Diamond Core Drill Bit with the attending Diamond Drill Bit Coolant.  Problem solved.  This project is a joint one with my Hubby.  He cuts the hole and I do the rest of the block.  So here we go:  How to Make a Lighted Glass Block.  By-the-by, this isn’t just for Christmas decoration; we have made them as wedding gifts, birthday presents, etc.  The one that we create for this Instructable is to be given to a Boy Scout who has earned the rank of “Eagle”.

Step 1:

1. Glass building block ($5+/- at home supply stores)
2. ½” Diamond core bit   http://www.diamond-drill-bit-and-tool.com/Diamond-Drill/Diamond-Drill-Bit.shtml (They run around $19 for a ½” bit.  Cost a bit, yet oh so worth it, especially if you are going to cut more than one glass block.)
3. Drill
4. Diamond bit coolant (available at the same place as the bit)
5. String of 20 mini Christmas lights (I pick them up on clearance the day after Christmas)
6. 2 sheets full page white labels (available at office supply stores)
7. Pictures
8. Tape measure
9. Access to computer, printer and a desktop program
10. Scissors
11. Corner rounder punch (Craft store or a scrap booker’s supply cupboard)
12. Clear gloss acrylic spray (Home supply store)
13. 2 ½ - 3 inch wide ribbon. (craft store)
14. E-600 Adhesive
So, mod-podge was a disaster! Lol
I had a feeling, but I wasn't sure. Sorry, you will have to invest in a can of clear sealer. Go to a home supply store, it is cheaper than craft stores. Better luck next time.
<p>hi there! This is a fantastic instructable! I came across one of these on etsy and wanted to make one as a gift. I got my glass block at a craft supply store, it's already got the hole drilled, it's also pretty heavy, I would like mine to come out as pretty as yours. I'm not sure if a ready made one is going to look as good. I was also wondering if I print my image on regular printing paper &amp; applying it to my block with gloss finish modpodge would produce a similar outcome? I guess I just wanted to get your thought on the idea. If I do go that route, should I use the rust-oleum as well?</p><p>Sorry for the novel do a comment. Thanks for your help and the awesome instructable!</p>
Sounds like an experiment to me. You want to paper with the picture to go translucent, and I am not sure that modpodge will cause that to happen. You really want the light to glow through the picture. So try it, if it works, then post it, even write an up date Instructable about my Instructable. If not, it should remove easy from the glass, so you haven't ruined anything. Good luck.<br>
<p>Thanks for you all your help!! I'm going to give it a shot today! : ) </p>
<p>oh duh, I just saw the last step where you talk about the pre-drilled box &gt;_&lt;</p><p>Sorry about that</p>
Grea,t you read it through. Thanks for sharing.&nbsp; :)
<p>Hi, what brand did you use for the clear gloss acrylic spray? I'm worried about my project's photo not coming out to be translucent. Thanks!</p>
Rust-oleum 2 times thick is the stuff I used. I have also used Krylon triple thick and it worked well too. Thanks for asking.
<p>hola</p><p>Hermosa manualidad, podrian indicarme aqui en Colombia donde puedo conseguir los bloques de cristal?.. muchas gracias, espero cometarios.</p>
Est&aacute;n disponibles aqu&iacute; en los EE.UU. en las tiendas de suministros para el hogar como Home Depot o en almacenes del arte y de la man&iacute;a. No tienen idea de donde en la Columbia. Lo siento por eso. Gracias por sus comentarios. Hecho por Goodle Traducir. I don't speak Spanish.
This is awesome. Really great instructable
<p>Thank you for commenting.</p>
Im trying yo do the glass block project. What i want is to glue the picture in the inside of the block. What kind of glue do i use fornit to be clearnafter it drys.
<p>Most white glue or mod podge, will dry clear if it has enough air to dry properly. Thanks for asking.</p>
<p>sorry i meant full sheet shipping labels </p>
Loving this very much:) <br>
My mom gets her blocks which are 8 x 8 at Menadrs. They have a hole in the bottom. She also uses a clear full sheet lable for the image. Thanks for the tips on how to make them she did not know what to use to seal the image and now she does.
Your welcome! Thanks for looking.
Nan, <br>Super impressed. Wow.
Thank you!
Nice and easy idea! Good work!
Thank you!
LOVE, LOVE LOVE, this idea and love the woodbadge bear, yep , i am one too. I have a boy scout and cub scout unit that these wuld be great for. Thanks for a great but easy project.
My Hubby is the Bear and I'm a Bobwhite. We are deeply involved in Scouts. Glas you liked it.
Thanks for a very nicely explained Instructable. I've probably made 20 of these things, but always wrapped them with bows to look like Christmas presents. Never thought about placing a photo on them.
New ideas can be fun! Thank you for your comment.

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