KraftyBlok™ Kaleidoscope Lamp
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KraftyBlok™ Kaleidoscope Lamp

Mosaics are fun projects for crafters of all ages. Designed by Jeanne Baruth
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • KraftyBlok™, 8x8-inch
  • ¾-inch Cathedral Glass Squares, 1 5-oz. Package of Each: Purple, Dark Green, Blue
  • ¾-inch Glass Gems, 13, Blue
  • ¾-inch Glass Gems, 9, White
  • 1½-inch Glass Gem, 1 White
  • ½-inch Glass Gem, 1 Blue
  • Clear Silicone Adhesive
  • White Christmas Lights, 1 String
  • Jennifer’s Mosaic™ Wheeled Nippers
  • Safety Glasses

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Cover your work area with newspaper to protect work surface.

Step: 2

Collect and place all supplies needed on your work surface.

Step: 3

Clean the KraftyBlok™ with glass cleaner and dry completely with cloth.

Step: 4

Place the KraftyBlok™ flat on the work surface with opening facing down. Slide pattern underneath block as a guide for placement of glass. It is not recommended to trace the pattern onto the glass as marks may show through.

Step: 5

Begin by placing glue on the back of 1½-inch white gem. Adhere to the KraftyBlok™ here indicated on the pattern. Continue gluing ¾-inch blue and white gems, alternating colors around the central gem.

Step: 6

Next, apply glue to the back of ¾-inch blue and white gems. Adhere to the corners where indicated on pattern. Finish by gluing a ½-inch blue gem centered and on top of the white gem.

Step: 7

Apply adhesive to the back of a dark green cathedral glass square. Starting in the lower right corner of the KraftyBlok™, secure in place where indicated. Continue to add the dark green squares to form a circle around the gems. Continue this process with both blue and purple cathedral glass squares.

Step: 8

Nip ¾-inch green, blue and purple glass squares into smaller pieces. Glue in place to fill the voids between glass squares. For nipping instructions, watch a video in our Creative Corner at

Step: 9

When the front has dried, place the KraftyBlok™ on its side with the opening facing up. Starting at the left of the opening, glue two rows of ¾-inch purple chips side by side. Leave approximately 1/8-inch between each piece, until you reach the edge. Allow to dry. Rotate KraftyBlok™ to the right. Glue two more evenly spaced rows of purple cathedral glass squares. Allow to dry. Continue placing two rows of purple glass squares across the side.

Step: 10

Rotate block back on its side with the opening facing up. Glue four blue cathedral glass squares to the right of the opening in two rows leaving 1/8-inch between each piece. Finish the side by adding two green glass squares.

Step: 11

Rotate block to the left. Glue eight dark green glass squares into two rows, 1/8-inch apart. Add two blue squares on either side of the dark green squares and finish the double rows of glass squares with four purple squares. Glue into place and allow to dry.

Step: 12

To finish corners, nip a chip in ½, forming two rectangles, and apply pieces to the corner curves.

Step: 13

Insert string of white Christmas lights in the block and allow plug to extend out, plug-in and enjoy.


Always use protective eyewear when nipping glass. When your fingers are just too big to maneuver small pieces of tesserae, use a pencil or tweezers to push them into tight fitting areas. To prevent glass from flying about, nip item inside a bowl or pail. The sides of the container will prevent flyaway pieces.