These beautiful lights are so customizable and will offer a subtle light source to make your room a relaxing place! Below are just 2 variations of a glass block night lights I made – but the options are really endless. You are only limited by your own creativity!
Valentine’s Day Glass Block Night Light
I purchased the vinyl words and bunny face on Ebay for only a couple dollars, but I believe you can also get them in most local craft stores. If you are really talented, which I am not you can also paint yours as well!
To get the frosted look you will need a little bit of a warmer day. If it is too cold the frost may not come out as smooth as you would really like.
I used the Krylon brand spray frosting but I would not recommend it since the paint kept dripping out of the nozzle in both cans I bought. For a different project I tried the Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass Spray which was a much better spray in my opinion.
Valentine’s Day Block Light Supplies
- Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass Spray
- Love vinyl decal
- Red lights – or any Valentine’s Day inspired set, I used battery operated LED lights
- Red kraft or krinkled paper
- Glass block – any size
While I have links to Amazon for the glass blocks and frosted glass spray for those that are looking for an easy purchase – I do recommend shopping locally to save money. The glass blocks I used I actually got at Hobby Lobby on sale and the large one cost me only $5 after a 50% off coupon was used.
I wish I had purchased a few more at the price because I have not seen them that cheap again!
Spray glass block and let dry for 24 hours or more.
I only used one coat but if you want it frostier, then you can do more. Just be sure to give it time to dry in between coats. Make sure you spray on some kind of paper to prevent spray from getting everywhere, I used wax paper as shown below.
Place your vinyl sticker on the block and do the transfer or paint it if you are planning on really making it your own!
Fill the inside with the shredded paper and arrange battery operated lights through the hole in the bottom of the glass block.
Wrap with ribbon and place a bow on top.
I glued the ribbon in place first before I made the bow and then I glued the bow on the top of the glass. Although I would have done velcro instead of glue if I had known that I was going to create another nightlight with this block as shown below. Using velcro would allow me to change out the top accent easier – I had to scrape off the bow to make the Easter Block Night Light below.
Cute right? While I used battery operated lights, you can use regular plugin lights and of course be creative with the decor to really make these blocks your own.
Word of Caution
Just make sure the lights you purchase do not get overly heated! I was using paper inside my block with lights – and it was fine because the lights we purchased never got hot. But I know sometimes they do so be sure to check the first time you use your light to ensure whatever you are putting in with the lights does not cause a fire hazard!
Easter Glass Block Night Light
Because I was so happy with my Valentine’s glass block I decided to do another one for Easter. These are the cutest accent pieces for the living room or bedroom – and I love the warmth the lights give.
I may do some more to keep all year round because I think they really do bring a true sense of “warmth” to a home and they are so easy and fun to do.
I actually created 2 for Easter – one was just a Happy Easter light and the other I created a bunny face on the OPPOSITE side of my Valentine’s Day block above. Yep – that is me being cheap – and creative!
The instructions above are the same, just needed different supplies of course.
Easter Glass Block Supplies
- Easter ears
- Bunny face decal
- Easter colored string lights (I chose a pin and green set)
Below you can see the glass block from our Valentine block, the lights we are going to add and the bunny face I am going to use.
Other Inspiring Designs
These are just two ideas for you, but seriously there are limitless options for these glass blocks as night lights that make them perfect for gifts for any occasion.
- Baby showers
- Just Because
Another idea I want to try is a more”diorama” or scene style light. This greenery inspired glass block light with the lizard is a great addition to our Florida home!
If you have created a night light with these types of blocks we would love to see them so please share so others can be inspired too!