You may have noticed that lately there are a lot of pretty stones taking center stage in home décor accessories. Geodes, crystals and agate slices are popping up on decorative boxes, lamps and more. While I’m not usually one to hop on a trend bandwagon, I do love the look of all these pretty stones I keep seeing around. The problem, though, is that they can be expensive, so I decided to figure out a way to make my own. Here’s how I did it.
- Rocks or stones painted gold (I used these from Michaels. These also appear to be the same thing from Amazon. You could also buy unpainted stones and paint them gold.)
- Sea salt
- E6000 glue
- Clear gloss topcoat spray paint
- Small old paintbrush
- Paper plates
If you didn’t buy prepainted gold stones, paint your stones gold first and allow them to fully dry overnight before proceeding.
Place a quarter-cup of sea salt in a paper plate. Choose a stone that has at least one semiflat side. The side can be sloping, but you don't want it to have lots of ridges and crannies. Apply E6000 glue to the least-flat side, and spread it out with a small paintbrush. Press the stone glue side down into the sea salt.
Apply a dollop of E6000 glue on top of the sea salt you just put on the stone. Press the stone again, glue side down, into the sea salt.
Use your fingers to push any sea salt that is sliding onto the sides of the rock onto the top of the rock. You will want to come back and do this a few times while the glue is drying as well. Let the stones dry overnight.
After the stones have dried, give them three coats of a clear gloss topcoat spray paint.
You can also watch a how-to video here of how to make these faux crystals.
Stay tuned—I’ll be having lots of DIY décor projects using these stones in the coming weeks!
Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.