I was (and still am) that nerdy kid who had a rock collection. Who spent a day at the beach stuffing her pockets full of rocks. Who had a rock tumbler (like Ross). Who, as a married adult, realized she could bring home twice as many beach stones if she made her Hubby stuff all of his pockets full of rocks too.
With passion like this you can imagine my delight when, every few years, rocks pop up as hot design elements. Right now, there’s lots for me to ogle:
|Viva Terra: $59-65|
|Swank Lighting: $4250 (yikes)|
|Om Decor: $825 (yikes)|
Rocks are definitely hot right now, but have you noticed that some stone accessories are really expensive? With some of the most coveted pieces out of my reach, I recently unearthed part of my childhood rock collection:
They’re small, but they sure add sparkle! I haven’t decided on a spot, but for now I thought they look nice in the guest room, where large-scale abstracts demand more subtle accessories.
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Think Outside the Decor Stores:
One tip is to avoid home decor stores and head to museum gift shops, science stores and stores for kids. The prices will likely be more reasonable (I’m pretty sure my trio is from a science-themed gift shop). You could also contact a lapidary or mineral club in your city, as many host lapidary sales and know of good sources. I even found a box of amethyst at a yard sale – another item I need to bring back from my childhood home.
Mine Your Own Stones:
Some cities, like Thunder Bay – my hometown – have active mines, like the Panorama Amethyst Mine, where you can spend a day and collect a bag full of stones (in this case, amethyst) for a fraction of the cost ($8.00 entry fee and only $3.00 per lb.). As an added bonus, mining amethyst is something fun and different to do!
|Photo of Amethyst (middle) from Canada-Photos; Photos of Mine from Panorama Amethyst Mine|
Group a Collection of Smaller Stones for Bigger Visual Impact:
Much of my rock collection consists of smaller specimens (chips, really) which are less expensive but also make less of an impact, visually. But I saw this photo and thought that perhaps smaller pieces could be affixed to an all-white shadow box, or inside an inexpensive Ikea frame (like my DIY needle-felted wool abstracts), to create a scientific-looking grouping with a more impressive “wow” factor. Next time I visit my childhood home, I’m going to find the rest of my rock collection and whip up a stylish DIY display.
|Etsy Cori Kindred: $62|
DIY Your Own Faux Rocks:
I think making some faux rocks would be a fun DIY project. I’ve seen faux specimens crafted from wood, fimo bead clay, and some materials you might not think of.
This fimo clay tutorial is fabulous and I think a giant version could easily be made as a decor piece, using the same technique applied for making jewellery-sized faux stones.
|Fimo Clay Tutorial by Aesthetic Outbust|
These faux faceted rocks, made from reclaimed wood, look so organic but also really modern – like an art installation. Someone handy with wood could craft stones of various sizes from wood scraps and then paint the finished products white or maybe a saturated, gemstone-inspired hue.
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Begging for a rock-paper-scissors pun or joke, these faux gemstones made from just paper are one of the hippest paper crafts I have ever seen. Can you imagine how much kids would love these? Forget kids – I love these.
|Paper Rock Tutorial by Mini Eco|
And the crowning glory of DIY rocks: a tutorial to grow your own crystals on an egg. From Martha Stewart, unsurprisingly.
|Grow Your Own Rocks by Martha Stewart via Mini Eco|
Do you have any rocks on display?