Make Your Own Rock Table

Do you have a child that likes to collect rocks? Here are two projects that are great for all those pockets of rocks they’ve collected over the years. The first is a small table, recycled from Goodwill. The second uses an old picture frame as a way to display a name in rocks. In just three easy steps, you can recreate either of these.


  1. Prep your table. You might just need to clean it. You might want to give it a little makeover by panting it. For this table, I painted it black so the rocks would really stand out.
  2. Use a strong glue you pick up from your local craft store to glue on the rocks. Make sure you apply glue to every single rock. If you’re using this table for things like holding coffee cups and such, you’ll want to make sure you choose rocks around the same width so it will be a flat surface.
  3. The last step is to just check your work. If you want, you could grout this table, but you don’t need to. Just double check all those rocks and glue them again if needed.


  1. Prep your frame. You’re going to be using the back of the frame to glue your rocks onto, so I would suggest painting it a solid color so they can really stand out. You could paint your frame as well, but that’s up to you. One you have your frame prepped, keep it apart. It’s easier to work with it if you have all the pieces apart.
  2. Use a strong glue you pick up from a local craft store to glue on the rocks. Just like with the table, you’ll want to spend extra time to make sure you glue on each rock. If you’re missing one rock, it could mess up your whole name. (If you want, you could pencil on the letters first so you know exactly where you’re going to glue each rock.
  3. Once all the rocks are in place, put your frame back together. Hang it on a wall, display it on a desk, etc. This makes a fun teacher’s gift!

Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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