Crafting with rocks and stones makes me feel zen. I’ve always had an affinity for miniature rock gardens and simple DIY projects like rock painting. Projects made with pebbles and stones are usually friendly to both adults and kids, making them a lot of fun for anyone in the family, or everyone together. You can use pebbles and rocks for decor, learning crafts, and so much more.
Check out these 15 DIY projects made with rocks, pebbles, and stones that are so fun and creative that I think I might just work my way down the whole list!
1. Hanging rock garlands
Do you love the way beaded curtains look, especially when the beads are big and chunky? Well, here’s an all natural alternative that you can make with stones and pebbles that you found in your backyard or on the beach! Get the jewelry wire and loops at your local craft store and then follow the tutorial on Garden Therapy to make as many garlands as you want!
2. Bird house towers
Little wooden bird houses are always cute, but sometimes it’s nice to make something a little more unconventional. I’m absolutely crazy about the idea of making a bird tower, especially a pieced together stone tower that actually looks like something you might find in history books. Check out how these adorable little bird feeders that look like watch towers were made on Empress of Dirt.
3. Pebble Tic Tac Toe
Besides the rocks you’d like to use, do you have a cute, weathered little side table you’ve been meaning to repurpose? Perhaps you only have the tabletop but you’re prepared for the challenge of attaching it to a stump of wood as a base. I can’t get enough of this adorable outdoor Tic Tac Toe game that uses pretty painted rocks as playing pieces. Check out the details on Home Talk.
4. Rock mosaic flower bucket
Centsational Girl guides you through the process of making your own stone mosaic flower pot. I can picture this project perfectly sitting on the front steps filled beautiful brightly coloured blossoms in the summer. Even though you’re covering the entire pot, this project is easier to make than you’d think!
5. DIY stone and glass stepping stones
Have you ever thought of combining your love for stones in art with some pretty, smoothly polished glass pieces, like the kind that wash up on the beach? Intimate Weddings shows you how to embed both of these things in little circles of concrete to create gorgeously decorative stepping stones fit for a wedding or even just a carefully laid out backyard area.
6. Stone footprints
When you think of rocks and stones, your mind might not necessarily jump to the word “cute” to describe them, but Harvest Heart is here to show you that they can actually be adorable! As proof, I present to you these adorable little stone “foot prints” that make nice decor just about anywhere.
7. Artificial cactus garden
Do you love the idea of having greenery of some kind in your apartment but you work so much that you literally don’t even have time for a cactus? Maybe you love how cacti look but you have little kids, so you’d rather avoid plants with spikes. Well, Craftberry Bush is here to save the day with this tutorial for making your own rock garden painted to look like a cactus instead!
8. Painted garden markers
Do you adore gardening but you find that a lot of your sprouts look the same when they start to come through from the ground? Then garden markers are definitely a good idea for you! You can but these at the store, but I’m always a bigger fan of making my own things. See how Crafts by Amanda painted these ones to keep track of a nice spring garden!
9. Patterned rock candlesticks
Galet Qui Chantent shows you a unique DIY candle stand that displays exactly how gorgeous rocks and stones can be in crafted home decor. I absolutely love how these little piled stone candlesticks have been embellished and decorated before they were glued into place.
10. Pebble bath mat
Have you ever gone swimming in a river or lake and stepped out of the water onto a bed of smooth stones? Did you love the feeling on your feet? Well, Tattooed Martha is here to show you how to make a bath mat out of those same smooth stones so you can enjoy that natural feeling every time you step out of the shower.
11. Pebble jewelry hanger
suggests taking decently sized, flat shaped stones and using strong hanging stickers to anchor them to the wall in whatever shape or pattern you please. Once they’re stuck firmly, hang your necklaces and other accessories form them! Check out how it’s done on Find a Way.
12. Stone photo transfers
My favourite way to make rocks and stones look like gorgeous vintage pieces is to photo transfer my favourite images onto them. The black ink makes them look carefully hand etched, only this is muchs simpler. Get more details on how to “print” your pictures on rocks at DIY n’ Crafts.
13. Garden rock caterpillar
Just in case painting rocks is your absolute favourite way to craft with them, he’s an adorable rock caterpillar! Give one to someone as an adorable garden gift, have your kids aint the stones, or make and enjoy it yourself. Check out how this caterpillar was made on Nellie Bellie!
14. Message rocks
Message rocks might just seem like a cute frivolity but they can actually be quite practical and useful! Do you have a message that you need to leave your room mate, perhaps reminding them to pick something up at the store? Spell it out in cute little rocks on the front hall table! Check out how these ones were made on The Write Start
15. Driftwood stone art
Sometimes crafting is nice just for the sake of making something pretty for yourself and your home. I love the fact that this flower and lady bug wood decor by Beach Memories by Jools could be made using all natural stones for the pebbles, just like in this picture, or they could be painted brightly to contrast with the lady bug.
Have you made other projects from smoothed rocks and stones that you don’t see on our list? Tell us about how you did it in the comments section!