The Shady Porch: Batty Glass Block Light & More!

10.28.2011

Batty Glass Block Light & More!

I like working with glass block, especially now that they are available with pre-drilled holes. My poor hubby drilled himself silly one year when we gave decorated glass block as Christmas presents to our families. I decorated the outside of each block with seasonal ribbons, paint, and other accents and then inserted strands of white lights to create glowing Christmas "packages."

A Spooked Bat or A Spooky Bat?! Trick or Treat!
I also make them as game day accents, decorated with team colors and mascots. This year, however, I wanted to make a playful, spooky block for Halloween. When I ran across the free picture online and the bat appeared more scared than scary, that made me smile and I knew I had found the latest part of our fall decor.  I painted the image onto the glass block using paint for glass and tied a bow on top. The lights inside are white with a white cord, which allows them to be somewhat invisible , especially when lit. 

Supplies needed: Pre-drilled glass block, white lights with white cord, ribbon, Gallery Glass by Plaid or Perm Enamel by Delta work great. The rest comes from you..what inspires you?

My inspiration was a picture on Freebies About.com

Here are a some other seasonal projects we did this month...

Scrappy the Milk Jug Skeleton
Scrappy the Skeleton has long arms and giant hands so we're thinking he must have been a basketball player at some point...so we hung him up to symbolically acknowledge the death of the NBA season. His milk jug frame is constructed from 7 1-gallon jugs, and patterns are free online if you search "milk jug skeleton."
Trio of pumpkins made out of scrap wood and branches
This pretty little trio of pumpkins was put together using hardwood floor remnants and branches from our yard work!  They just need a little raffia and they'll look great out front with the Scare Folks who live on our porch!



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