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All is Bright Candle Shade using Cricut Vinyl and Recycled Glass

All is Bright Candle Shade using Cricut Vinyl and Recycled Glass

completed candle shade unlit

Make up this candle shade using a few pieces of thrift store glass for a one-of-a-kind friendship gift this holiday season.


Glass plate or small platter
Glass cup or glass
Clear adhesive suited for gluing glass to glass
Spray paint, frosted
Adhesive foil or vinyl
Rub n Buff, gold (optional)


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.

choose glass pieces

Wash and dry the glass pieces well.  Spray the front of the plate using spray paint in a frosted glass color.  Allow to dry.

spray plate with frosted paint

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. 

cut design

Weed the vinyl to remove the excess material.

weed vinyl

Apply the vinyl to the plate or platter using transfer tape.  Burnish the vinyl well for good adhesion to the plate.

apply vinyl to glass

If desired, apply a bit of gold Rub ‘n Buff to accent the edge of the plate or platter. Allow to dry.

apply rub n buff to edges

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.

glue pieces together

And voila! Add a candle to the cup and you’re all set.

candle shade completed

candle shade lighted

candle shade dark view


Lee Ann is a mixed media hobbyist who enjoys using her Cricut machine for art projects as well as decorations for her home and garden. She's a new empty-nester with 2 adult daughters. Now she and her husband are free to embark on that US pizza eating tour they always talked about. Lee Ann provides IT support to Craft-e-Corner.

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