Got too many rocks in the garden? Most of our gardens have stones and rocks that we could do without. Our gardens here at TGG are full of them. Hauling them away is backbreaking and expensive! Whether you have just a couple pretty rocks, or are practically living in a stone quarry, here are some great ideas for using rocks in the garden creatively! (Shoot, you may love these ideas enough to actually bring stones into your garden!)
How to Use Rocks in the Garden
Creating rock feet has taken Pinterest by storm, and I must admit, it appeals to my family side, but doesn’t look too cutesy. Love this! Instructions are pretty self explanatory. ;) We actually took this photo while we were at the beach in Depoe Bay Oregon, but obviously you can do this anywhere. Just spend some time finding the right rocks for what you want to achieve.
Here is another example of using rocks in the garden that we came across. Love these cute little feet!
Feet not your thing? :) How about a rock fish? Remember again, you can either leave these stones loose so that you can change the design often, or you could use construction adhesive to lock them into place as well.
Pebble Mosaic Ideas
Create mosaic art with stones on planters, stepping stones, or even in the ground as an accent to your plantings! Lay out your stones in the desired pattern first, then transfer to your surface and attach with construction adhesive. Check out the tutorial over at ‘Jeffrey Gardens’.
Dragonfly Stone Mosaic
Another kids favorite, but great for any garden where nature has a hand. Pick up some simple gems, sequins and spark lies at the dollar shop or craft store. Choose a stone that’s slightly larger than the dragonfly you wish to create, and about the right shape. Lay out your sparklies until you have a design you like, then transfer and attach with construction adhesive. Looks cute tucked into some long grass, or in a ground-cover to partially hide the stones edges. This one from ‘Wisconsin Made’ gives you the idea or you can buy it from them here.
Stacked Rocks in the Garden
Stacked rocks are otherwise know as a cairn. A cairn is essentially a man made pile of stones, originally a Scottish tradition to note a landmark, or a memorial. They can be lovely testaments to nature within the garden, are easily made, and can be added to over time as a tradition of the home. If you want to learn how to do this as an art form, visit ‘Garden Design Magazine‘ for their post on the art of “rock balancing”. Source: Houzz
Here’s an easy stacked rocks idea that we made with just ordinary rocks that we found by looking around the garden and yard. Remember, you are never looking for perfection when building a cairn. Honor nature.
Here are some stacked rocks we made real fast at our friends house in Seattle! Did we mention, it’s a fun thing to do as well! Although we love the fact that we have to work hard at rock balancing, you could also use a construction adhesive to hold the stones in place. This would make it more of a stone sculpture.
Ladybug Painted Rocks for Kids (Of All Ages!)
Remember the pet rock? There are a lot of cute and easy ideas for painting ladybug rocks that make a garden a delight for young and old alike. Great way to bring kids into the joy of gardening. Not sure of the source of this cute photo below. If anyone knows, please let us know in comments.
This ladybug craft is from an Etsy shop called ‘BeachMemoriesByJools‘ , but is very DIYable. Use stones from the garden for this rock craft, then attach them to a piece of reclaimed wood. Now all you have to do is find a corner of the garden to display it!
Simple! Pretty stones, pretty saying, paint pen. Display on a walkway, piled in a planter, or tucked next to special plants as secret garden surprises. A great example are these inspiration stones. DIY them with oil based paint pens or buy them from ‘Elizabeth’s Embellishments‘.
Other Ideas for Rocks in the Garden
From ‘Tangly Cottage Gardening Journal‘ is this great downspout creek bed idea. A great way to use up the rocks in the garden! If you want to have a DIY Creek Bed become a larger part of your garden design, check out our post how to build a dry creek bed!
Creatively using stones and rocks in the garden is an inexpensive way to add a touch of whimsy and creativity, yet keep your garden space natural. Oh yea, and now you don’t have to pay the chiropractor! Also try our posts on DIY Garden Ideas with Rocks and How to Build Pond!Image Credits: Jeffrey Gardens, Wisconsin Made, Houzz, BeachMemoriesByJools, Elizabeths Embellishments, Tangly Cottage Gardening Journal