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DIY! Embellished Stone Paperweights


Having your desk set up near a big window is amazing. Lots of natural light and fresh air, a view of the trees swaying outside along the street as people stroll through the nabe… Papers blowing around as a result of a random breeze, however, is not one of my favorite things.

Thus, this DIY involving beautiful, robust little rocks was born. I’ve done a similar DIY before, but those were for pattern paper and these are smaller, for to-do lists and loose sheets on my desk…

Okay, you got me! I just can’t stop decorating rocks! Here’s how to create some cute weights for your desk.

Keep reading for the step-by-step!

 Start with some clean, lovely rocks, which you can find anywhere in the great outdoors. I favor beach rocks, but I found these in Brooklyn. I was walking home from having drinks with friends, and couldn’t resist. Yes, I probably looked a little weird fishing for rocks in the street at 1AM… but it’s all for the sake of a cute DIY project, so, justified.

 Gather up some decor (sequins, cabachons, flat back gems) and tacky glue.

 Apply the tacky glue to the back of your embellishments carefully.

 Press them down on the surface of the rock and hold for a few seconds to make sure everything stays in place.

 When applying sequins, I use tweezers or needle nose pliers to place them precisely and avoid getting glue everywhere.

I also used some felt bindis that I found in a shop in the East Village. Because of their age, the glue had gone bad, so I added some tacky glue to those as well.

 Continue embellishing to your heart’s content! Once finished, display them on your window sill, or anywhere, until you need them for paper-stabilizing.

 These make great gifts. Wrap up a set and give them to a creative friend!

Want to see more DIY? Check out my page on Cut Out + Keep. Many more projects on the way this spring…




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