A DIY Easier Than Carrying Rocks in Your Luggage

Seven years ago my parents visited New Zealand and Australia. On the very first stop of their three week adventure, my mom found a rock doormat and trivet she just had to have. Surely my dad rolled his eyes when my mom said they’d take them, but ever the trooper he loaded them into the bottom of his suitcase. When bellmen at each hotel asked what do you have – rocks – in this bag? They had to answer a bit embarrassingly yes.

We have all long admired my mom’s New Zealand treasure. Though rock mats have become a bit more common since their trip, we have yet to find them quite as nice. Because we don’t have a trip down under planned (and my husband may not be as generous a schlepper as my Dad) – I decided to DIY my own rock runner.

the inspiration. door mat from New Zealand with (heavy) love


the inspiration. trivet from new zealand.

Rock Runner

– Many river rocks. It took us (LTM & her affiliates) two beach visits to gather the right rocks. The flatter and thinner the better. Try to match their thickness. 
– a doormat. the thinner, but still firm the better. i like the charcoal grey. ($6 at Ocean State Joblot)
– glue (Elmer’s Ultimate stone glue worked great)
– exacto knife – unless you plan on filling the whole mat in which case you need many, many rocks.

Step 1: Gather your materials.
Step 2: Cut your doormat to desired shape/size. I wanted a runner so I used a little less than half the mat. You can also do a half moon, make trivets, anything you like. My husband helped with this step and suggests marking your desired cuts and then cutting on the back/rubber side. Measure twice, cut once – his grandfather always said.
Step 3: I arranged the rocks to get an idea of how they laid out. The closer together the rocks, the better.
Step 4: Glue. Dry. Be impressed with yourself.





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  1. Wow, this is really cool! Thanks for the wonderful idea, it’s going on my Pinterest DIY board 😉

  2. This is awesome! I found it at craftgawker.com. I live by a creek with TONS of flat rocks, so I’m definitely going to be doing this over the summer! I NEVER would have thought of this by myself. Thanks!

    • loveumadly says:

      Awesome – If you do it post a pic to my facebook page! Would love to see your final product!

  3. Mary VerBurg says:

    Cant wait to do this.. I live in a logCabin and Im going to do this for place Mats or mayb a table runner for the table.. I need to get busy and collect Rocks now.. Thanks for great Idea

  4. What an awesome idea!! need to plan a trip to the beach!

  5. I want to do this! What are the demensions of your runner?

  6. Susie Nelson says:

    I just did my man cave bathroom floor in river rock. Iti is so awesome. You can get the rocks at your local man store like Lowes. That way your rocks are all polished, clean and ready to be made into what ever you wish. I had some left over so I am going to use them to do this. Thanks for the idea.

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