Easy to Make River Rock Mat

I am always looking for the next easy to make project.  I came across this very cool and simple to design outdoor mat. The river rock mat is not just easy it’s inexpensive as well. A double bonus easy and inexpensive…love it!

Supplies: A tarp, natural color drawer liner, landscaper adhesive, adhesive gun, scissors, a couple of nails and small river rocks.

All these supplies can be bought at a hardware store for minimal dollars.

The tarp is your workplace (adhesive won’t stick to it).  Cut the liner the size you want your mat.  Wash and let your river rock dry. Cut the the tip of the adhesive stick, medium size hole.  Poke a thin metal stick (coat hanger or gun will have it attached) inside the hole. Even though you cut the tip it’s protected inside with a very thin metal. No worries it’s easy to break. Start gluing the rocks onto the liner.

My goal for this was to get the rocks as close together so you can’t see the natural liner underneath.  Use the nail to spread around the adhesive on the bottom of the rock.  I also scrape away any extra adhesive that is noticeable on the liner.  If the adhesive gets on your fingers it will wash off with soap and water. When finished put the nail into the tip of the adhesive stick so keep it remain open when it drys.

Let dry for about 24 hours. Peel it off the tarp.  The project cost me under $15. I made two large mats and a small one for my candle. Enjoy your river rock mat.



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Leslie Brinks on August 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Can you forward this link to my e mail address? My friend Lorraine is really interested in how to do this and would adore this info. Love ya!


  2. Love it Tanya! Thanks for the great idea!


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