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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Chopstick Rests That Rock

Chopstick rests run the gamut from traditional crests to baseball gloves. And with that as my inspiration, I decided to make some of my own. You'll find this to be a very simple and inexpensive craft project. Perhaps paired with a set of chopsticks it would make a lovely gift for a hostess. Directions below.

smooth black rocks - you can find these at the dollar store and craft stores, often by the glass vases or floral area

scrap booking rub-ons - most craft stores carry these - you can choose any motif you like, flowers, letters, etc.

Mod Podge - or any other sealant that is nontoxic

foam craft brush

1. Wipe down all rocks with a damp cloth to remove any debris

2. Center your rub-on on the rock and transfer it to the rock (refer to picture above). Directions to transfer the image will be on the rub-on packaging.

3. Place five coats of Mod Podge over the top of the rock. Make sure you let each coat dry before applying the next layer.

4. Let the rocks dry for a day. Done.

*To clean the chopstick rests wipe with a damp soapy cloth.


bunbun said...

very well done! I love it and it is very original and elegant looking

nobu said...

I think it is a good idea.
You make good use of simple material.
Thoes are super Kawaii.
I must go to 100yen shop to find some black stone this evening.

mushroommeadows said...

I love your title! :) Man, how do you come up with this stuff! Brilliant!

mayaluna said...

These are so simple and so stunning! great inspiration for quick and easy with elegant results! Ditto the great title sentiment...made me smile...wide

Rachael Hutchings said...

Such a fun idea!

Anonymous said...

these are beautiful, and such a simple idea!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to make these for the holidays for all of my friends who always eat Chinese take-out. It will lend some elegance to the experience!

Oiyi said...

I love this idea!

Heidi K. Rettig said...

Those are totally cute! It made me want to add our "H" monogram - with some with alphabet rubber stamps, embossing ink and embossing powders. If you did a final layer of mod podge I bet that would work and keep it food friendly.

Anonymous said...

That is just so simple yet so elegant! what a wonderful idea :)

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful. They would make great wedding favors... for someone getting married.

I have a million black rocks (I used them as part of my centerpiece for my wedding).

I love it, great idea.

zakkalife said...


I agree, they would be fun for wedding favors.

Renna said...

So very clever!

Unknown said...

I like this!! We use a lot of chopsticks at home and entertain with them as well. As usual, great and cool idea and dont cost a bomb! Happy weekend :D

SkiptomyLou said...

Oh how clever! I love these!!


Becky said...

Love the idea! My son was just asking today if we could eat with chopsticks. The ironic thing is we haven't mastered that skill. That might be a good diet!

I saw your kids tunes and wanted to recommend Trout Fishing in America and Bill Harley. Sadly, my boys have outgrown them. But, they got lots of mileage in our CD player. Give them a listen.

I enjoy dropping into you blog. Thanks for the ideas.

Michelle Ames said...

What a wonderful idea! They look wonderful!

To keep them from "skidding" on some table tops, you could glue felt circles to the bottom!

elizabethjayne said...

I generally eat my sushi so quick without putting my chopsticks down...but these are so cute I'll have to make them anyway! Love your site! :D

zakkalife said...


Just a go week with only using chopsticks and you'll be a pro.

I've never heard of Bill Harley but I'll make sure to check it out.

Ginger said...

Could have used this idea tonight hubby and me had Some orange chicken and rice.Does any one know what a black stone means? Maybe nothing but thought it might.
Hugs ginger
Well done tutorial!

zakkalife said...

Hi Ginger,

When I said "black stone", I just meant the polished black rocks that you find in the floral section. They're often used to fill vases in floral arrangements. Was that what you were asking?

I wasn't referring to the other meaning - a Muslim object of reverence

Ginger said...

I was wondering if blacl rocks or stone Had a meaning to it when using them like good luck.Wasn't sure just thought id ask sure made the chop stick so lovely.Hugs ginger

Marie Louise said...

I love these - they're beautiful. Very simple but absolutely lovely. You should market them!

Anonymous said...

this is really cool!
Thanks for explaining how to do it. :)

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Toxiferous said...

These are amazing. I actually had to take a second look because at first I was thinking "where can I buy these!" but then I remembered that I was looking at your blog! These would be wonderful personalized gifts and I would love to make some of these this fall!

Amber Mann said...

Those are really neat. I want to make them for a big party!

ILikePaperCutting said...

brilliant idea

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