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

Rock Crafts

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.

Got Stones? Creative, Easy and Artsy Ways to Use Rocks in the Garden


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.

Got Garden Stones? Creative, Easy and Artsy Ways to Use Rocks in the Garden


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’.

creative artsy garden rocks stones


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.

Rocks in the garden


Rock Stacking Ideas 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 rock stacking 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.

Got Stones? Creative, Easy and Artsy Ways to Use Rocks in the Garden


Here we did some rock stacking 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.

Got Garden Stones? Creative, Easy and Artsy Ways to Use Rocks in the Garden


Ladybug Painted Garden 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.

creative artsy garden rocks stones


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!

Got Garden Stones? Creative, Easy and Artsy Ways to Use Rocks in the Garden


Inspirational Stones

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‘.

Rocks in the garden


Other Ways to Use 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!

Got Garden Stones? Creative, Easy and Artsy Ways to Use Rocks in the Garden

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! And you might want to head over to our sister site OhMeOhMy and check out our post “DIY Driftwood Decor Ideas


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  1. Thilakchander January 13, 2017 at 9:10 am

    All idea are good I like very much

  2. Silas Knight August 16, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    You have some great ways to decorate with rocks. I love the idea of having cairns in my yard, since they are so creative and neat! Can you imagine a garden walkway lined with those stacks of stones?

    1. Kathy Woodard September 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      If you do that, please send us a photo!

  3. Pam June 16, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I was looking for inspiration to help get creative with a tile mosaic for our bathroom. Nothing was speaking to me… Till I saw the dragonfly!! Love love love!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. ginny June 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Where am I able to purchase a Cairn for my yard as part of my landscaping. The size I am looking for is approx 2-3 feet tall. Any information would be greatly appreciated.



    1. Kathy Woodard June 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      I think most people create their own… readers, any ideas?

      1. Beth October 31, 2016 at 9:04 am

        Use a masonry drill to drill through the rocks you have. Round smooth river rocks look best I think, because they are somewhat uniform in shape. Put the heaviest largest one on the bottom. Stick a piece of rebar in the hole and hammer it at least a foot into the earth below. Then keep stacking the drilled rocks up the rebar. Cut off the rebar when you get to the top stone and glue a little one on the very top or something else distinctive for a finial. Or you can let the rebar protrude almost through the rock and fill the rest of the hole with liquid nail.


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