Christmas Candle Shade with Cricut Vinyl & Recycled Glass
Make up this candle shade using a few pieces of thrift store glass for a one-of-a-kind friendship gift this holiday season.
Shop your local thrift shop (or your own cupboard!) for the glass pieces needed for this candle shade. You’ll need a clear or mostly clear glass plate or platter for the front of the shade. Make sure the front of the plate or platter is smooth or has a large enough smooth area where adhesive vinyl can be applied. The back of the shade is a clear glass cup that will hold the candle. It is easier to glue the plate to this glass if the glass has straight sides (no lip). The back of the plate or platter also needs a flat area for gluing. Keep in mind that the rear glass piece needs to be of sufficient size to support the plate after the 2 pieces are attached.
Wash and dry the glass pieces well. Spray the front of the plate using spray paint in a frosted glass color. Allow to dry.
Create your cut design in Cricut Design Space, sizing the design to fit your plate or platter. I’m using design #MFB138FE - All is Bright - included with Cricut Access. Make the project using gold adhesive foil or your choice of adhesive vinyl.
Weed the vinyl to remove the excess material.
Apply the vinyl to the plate or platter using transfer tape. Burnish the vinyl well for good adhesion to the plate.
If desired, apply a bit of gold Rub ‘n Buff to accent the edge of the plate or platter. Allow to dry.
Use a generous amount of glass adhesive to glue to cup to the back of the plate. Masking tape is helpful to hold the pieces in place while the glue dries.
And voila! Add a candle to the cup and you’re all set.