2 Things To Consider When Choosing River Stones For DIY Decor Projects

When it comes to turning your house into a home, it isn't always easy to know where to start. After I purchased my first home, it still felt like someone else's space, which really put a damper on my ability to create a warm, welcoming environment. However, after collecting different things from around the world and learning how to create my own art, I was able to make the kinds of changes I needed to in order to make my place feel like home. I wanted to make a website all about creating a fun, imaginative space, so I started this blog. Check it out!

2 Things To Consider When Choosing River Stones For DIY Decor Projects

14 April 2017
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


River stones are perfectly shaped and sized to be used for DIY home and garden decor projects. The stones are naturally smooth and come in a wide range of colors and sizes. They are also lightweight, yet sturdy, which makes them a great medium to use in DIY decor projects.

If you've decided to use river stones to decorate various areas in your yard and in your home, such as in a mosaic tile stepping stone or as a counter top, there are two important things to consider before you make your selections through a stone supplier. 

River stones can adhere to nearly anything by using mortar, cement, or hot glue

Depending on the projects you have in mind, you can use just about any type of adhesive to secure the river stones to your projects. Mortar, cement, and hot glue are several of the more popular options. Depending on the density of the stones, you may be able to drill holes into the stones if they are not too small. If this will be your first time working with this type of art medium for DIY decor projects, purchase more stones than your projects will need so you can practice securing the stones by your preferred method. 

River stones are bright when wet and muted when dry 

River stones are different colors when they are wet versus when they are dry. Water will bring out the color in the river stones and make them brighter. When the same river stones are dry, the color gets muted. Therefore, it's important for you to choose your river stones with this understanding in mind. If you want the river stones to all be very similar in color, it's a good idea to wet the stones beforehand. Of course, stone supply stores understand this as well, so don't be afraid to ask the store clerk if you can dunk some stones in a cup of water to see their true colors. 

If you love the wet look and the brighter colors the wet look gives, you can seal the stones with acrylic. Be sure to ask the stone supply store clerk for their recommendations based on the particular river stones you choose. If you prefer the more muted look of a dry stone, there's not much you can do about it if your stones are used outdoors and it rains. However, it would only be temporary until the stones have a chance to dry out. 

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When it comes to turning your house into a home, it isn't always easy to know where to start. After I purchased my first home, it still felt like someone else's space, which really put a damper on my ability to create a warm, welcoming environment. However, after collecting different things from around the world and learning how to create my own art, I was able to make the kinds of changes I needed to in order to make my place feel like home. I wanted to make a website all about creating a fun, imaginative space, so I started this blog. Check it out!

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