With a few supplies you can create a last minute, inexpensive gift or decoration that will help you celebrate the meaning of Christmas. It will bring a sparkle to your eyes and brighten up a shelf or table. Imagine this in a centerpiece!
- Glass Block for crafting–these will have a hole in the bottom so lights can be inserted ( I got mine at Lowes. They can also be found at any craft store.) Mine measured 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.
- Battery operated mini light strand
- 6″ x 6″ piece of black cardstock (this might be optional if you print your image directly on computer paper)
- 6″ x 6″ piece of vellum
- one sheet computer paper for tracing or printing design
- 1 3/4 yd. of 2″ wide decorative ribbon
- Craft knife like Exacto or teeny paper-cutting scissors or sharp seam ripper
- Small glue dots or double-sided tape
Let’s get the hard part done first.
- Measure the portion of the glass block in which your image will fit. Mine measured 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. Find a silhouette image to fit your area and trace this onto your computer paper or print directly on your paper adjusting the size, if necessary. If you print directly on your computer paper, you do not need to transfer to black cardstock, you can cut it out as is. However, I preferred the look of the cardstock, so I transferred mine. I will explain how in a minute. To find an image, do a “nativity silhouette” search on your computer. I used my screen as a light box, taped the paper onto the screen a lightly traced with a pencil. Keep in mind this image should be on the simple side with not too many details, one that will be easy to cut. You may have a rubber stamp you can enlarge or another method. To transfer image onto cardstock, lay the computer paper on top of cardstock and trace image using a pen, pencil, ball tool or blunt needle, pressing hard enough to indent the paper underneath. Remove top paper. Cut around all lines on your indented cardstock. I used a seam ripper for this step. I know that sounds weird but it worked great! You now have a lovely silhouette nativity scene!
2. Cut the vellum so it fits inside your glass block. Place glue dots or tape on the back of your silhouette picture and center it on the vellum square. Press down to adhere.
3. Place glue dots or tape on the four corners on the front of the vellum piece, poke it inside the glass block and adhere to the front. Make sure not to use too much adhesive since it will show through somewhat.
4. Unravel the mini light strand and place lights in a random fashion inside glass block.
5. Wrap decorative ribbon around glass block and tie at the top. Cut close to knot. Make a bow with several loops out of remaining ribbon. Attach with hot glue or tie bow on with wire. Turn on your mini lights and enjoy!