Get outside and collect some rocks: 10+ DIY ideas to try

A popular games for kids these days is to paint rocks, hide them in a public place and enjoy knowing someone will stumble across them. Rock hunting is a fun hobby, but there are other things you can do with rocks, including creating crafts. These unassuming items can transform into everything from whimsical game pieces to helpful knobs.
Rock candles
All people need some extra "zen" in their lives, and these candles are a creative way to help achieve it. With their spa-like look, the candles are ideal for any room that needs some added tranquillity. Pro tip: Use painters tape when securing the rocks while they dry. If you use something with too much grip, such as duct tape, it will be difficult to remove. Get the full tutorial here.
Rock photo holders (h/t Organize & Decorate Everything)
Use rocks to create rustic and charming photo holders for prints. Super easy to make, these are fun to use and a unique way to display favorite images or postcards because every rock is a little bit different.
Rock letter
To bring the outdoors in, try making this simple, personalized piece of art. Initial accents are very on trend these days, and when combined with natural elements, the result is a unique, truly personal accent point. The design and pattern can be suited to any style preference, and the natural variations and patterns in the stones will bring life and depth to any color palette. A rock letter would look just as at home on a mantel or bookshelf as it would on a front porch or in a garden. The design options are nearly endless. Get the full tutorial here.
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Rock bath mat
This DIY project will give your bathroom a more modern look. In the video, the crafter glues lighter rocks around the outside edge, followed by darker rocks, creating a distinct border. If you want your mat to have a more natural look, simply use a mix of colors throughout. Pro tip: Only pour out small amounts of glue at a time as it dries super quickly. Get the tutorial here.
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Outdoor chess board
Add some fun to your patio with this cool backyard chess board that uses rock markers. Easy for kids and adults to make and enjoy, this charming chess board keeps everyone entertained.
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Rock clock
The creative crafter can customize this project to fit any color scheme because the bottom half of the clock’s face is painted with chalk paint. The hours are denoted with striking polished black river rocks, which add a natural tone to the clock. Appropriate for hanging on the wall or leaning inside a bookshelf, this clock will garner attention for its beauty while serving an oft-needed function. Get the full tutorial here.
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Garden markers
Instead of the same old stakes in the ground, do something different in your garden. Create rock garden markers to differentiate veggies and enjoy this more colorful approach to gardening. Customize the rocks as you desire and prepare for visitors asking "Where did you get those?" Get the full tutorial here.
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Rock dominoes (h/t Repeat Crafter Me)
A handful of rocks makes an easy game on the go for kids and grownups. It's simple to make dominos from flat, smooth stones using only a paint pen. Toss them into a bag and take them anywhere for portable family fun.
Affirmation stones (h/t Mark Montano)
Give yourself a smile when you paint stones with positive and meaningful affirmations. These make delightful paperweights for a desk. They also serve as constant reminders about why you should be grateful and keep in mind positive things even on the toughest days.
Cactus pet rocks
Make cacti that won't poke your fingers when you use rocks to simulate the desert plants. This fun craft will entertain kids of all ages. You can put the cactus rocks into pots to make them even more authentic and appropriate for a desk decoration. Get the full tutorial here.
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Painted stones (h/t Giochi Di Carta)
Paint rocks with pretty pastel colors and use them in a variety of ways. Some examples include desk decorations, meditation stones or as additions to a clear vase or container for a centerpiece.
Rock votive
When you add the right shade of gold paint to white rocks, you get a very unusual effect. The effect is magnified by lighting the rocks from the inside using a glass votive candle. It almost looks like a Himalayan salt rock lamp, so this is a craft that is right on trend. Get the tutorial here.
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Tic tac toe
This adorable DIY project is ideal for the backyard or when camping. Although the gold is super chic, you can customize tic tac toe rocks to be whatever color you like best. The best part? If you lose a game piece you can just paint yourself another one. Get the full tutorial here.
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Rock trivets
Turn your rocks into a rock trivet. Functional and pretty! Now you don't need to worry about where to put that hot teapot. Plus, it protects desks, kitchen countertops, and other sensitive surfaces. Get the full tutorial here.
Rock flower art
Make your own flower art with your collected rocks. Glue the rocks to a wooden board for a rustic look. You can also use spray paint for added color.
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