diy project: linocut stamped stones

the second diy using paint was inspired by an artist grace has featured before on d*s. i was deeply taken with the crochet pebbles from resurrection fern, but sadly i cannot wield a crochet hook with any skill whatsoever. i decided to fake it and create a linocut stamp with an abstract crochet pattern that i can use over and over again on various surfaces. these stones have many uses around the house, but would also make a great wedding favor or a simple gift for a friend. happy crafting! kate

CLICK HERE for the full project instructions and more images after the jump..


What You’ll Need:
1. pebbles of various sizes (hint: you can get free samples of really nice stones from soil and stone dealers, or you can buy a bag of hundreds for around 30 dollars for larger projects.)
2. acrylic paint
3. linocut stamp kit including linoleum and cutting tool (ask for these in art or craft stores, or if you know what the tools are you can purchase them separately at art supply stores.)
4. small foam roller
5. marker


1. clean all pebbles thoroughly and let dry.

2. draw or trace the image you want onto the piece of linoleum or rubber.

3. using the cutting tools, carefully carve out around the places where you want the image to show up. you are essentially cutting around the part you want to be stamped on the stone.


4. roll a layer of paint onto the stamp. make sure that there aren’t any excess pieces of linoleum sticking out the catch the paint. if only your desired stamp image has paint on it, you are good to go.

5. gently press the stamp onto the pebble face. while using one hand to hold the stamp in place, use the other to press down on all areas of the stamp to make sure it hits the stone’s surface.

6. carefully pull the stamp off the top of the stone. let the stone dry.

7. repeat on all stones.

8. wash your stamp when finished so that you can reuse it.



  1. Marlene says:

    I love this project. Easy to do too.

  2. Laura says:

    why hello new inspiration! I have been loving Resurrection Fern’s pieces too! I swear if all the rocks in the world were crocheted, it’d be one happy place. This is a great idea!

  3. Nancy says:

    The stamps make the stones look like they are covered with lichens or tracks of fossils. Very nice!

  4. Great craft idea :-) I like the stones where the stamp sort of goes off the edge — creates a more random, abstract look :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  5. dave says:

    Hey, cool project.
    However, was wondering if someone could tell me what that forrest wallpaper in the background of the top photo is.
    if seen it posted on this and other blogs in the past but wasn’t able to find it when I was looking for it recently.
    Lemme know!

  6. deanna says:

    What a clever project! These would be great for picnic-ing or camping … or simply to use on a patio. Keep stuff from flying away!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. kelly jo says:

    i’d like to know where the tree wallpaper comes from also. another way to get rocks… pick them up on the beach!

    thanks for this!

    1. grace says:


      i included a link above your comment


  8. cole Deming says:

    Love this! Where are the ikat plate and napkin from? Thanks –

  9. stacy says:

    I believe the ikat plate is from anthropologie, but several years ago.

    this project reminds me of something amy sedaris might do.

  10. Samantha R. says:

    Have you seen these? I love them. I wish the artist would sell them.

  11. thea says:

    Hmmmm, being brutally honest, I think the painted ones are way better. You can see them at geninne’s blog. Got any craft room crafts??


    1. grace says:

      thea- we have a great archive of crafts, but i wasn’t sure what you meant by “craft room” crafts?


  12. thea says:

    I’m in the process of designing a little craft space. Thought if anyone would have some tips – the god that is designsponge would… hehe

    ooo, and I hope this link works:

  13. thea says:

    Thank you Grace!!!!!!!!!!
    Super nice of you.

    1. grace says:

      any time, thea! :)


  14. Maria says:

    To Dave: The wallpaper with the trees is “Woods” from Cole & Son.

  15. Wow, another great creative project. I have previously painted hearts all over my rocks but actually it was quite time consuming.

    Frankly, the neatness of my work did not match the natural materials as well as your rougher stencil prints. It looks really good and so easy, one might call it a ‘kid craft’ with pro results


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