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The rounded shape and smooth texture of rocks and stones make them an ideal decorative accent. Whether used to prop open a door or make a garden table, these projects are easy and beautiful.
A stone wrapped in felt can be a beautiful accent as well as a useful tool for keeping doors open without scratching your floor.
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For artful paperweights, smooth stones are wrapped with colorful string or felted with brightly dyed roving, which is combed, unspun wool with an exceptionally soft feel.
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Personalize your desk with a free-form stone-shaped blotter; it's a great way to protect the surface or to designate a writing area. Plus, it takes just minutes to make: Outline the shape you want on the back of a piece of leather, and cut it out with heavy-duty scissors.
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The smooth, flat slabs normally used as stepping stones last for years under any weather conditions -- a quality that makes them ideal outdoor tabletops.
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This mat was created by taping together several smaller stone mats, available at garden centers.
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Molding adds character and serves as a border for a new cut-to-fit limestone top added to a tag-sale nightstand. A coat of pale-yellow paint is the finishing touch.
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Rock-Lined Flower Bed
Window boxes filled with vibrant flowers are a welcome sign of spring. But when it rains, the soil in them often spatters, dirtying windows and sills. To prevent the muddy splashes, spread river stones (available at garden centers) in a layer over the tops of the flower beds. The stones will act as a barrier while keeping the soil moist for the blooming plants.
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Make a boot tray by the door even better: Fill it with stones (found at garden centers). Ice and snow will melt and drain through the rocks to the bottom of the tray so your boots won't stand in a puddle. Most of the moisture will evaporate, but you should clean out the tray regularly.
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A portly lop-eared rabbit is the perfect weight for a bookend in a child's room.