Mandala Rocks ☮ The Barefoot Bride {DIY}

For weeks I had been trying to think of some "bohemian" table accents or decor that we could incorporate into our very own wedding. I've always leaned towards stones, and considering that we are already incorporated rocks into our wedding ceremony (sounds weird, but you'll know what I'm talking about eventually haha), I thought that added rocks elsewhere throughout the day would flow really nicely. I've always found the mandala patterns both calming and so beautiful, and immediately look up online if anyone had been incorporating the two elements together. I came across this blog, which is ultimately where I gained my inspiration; she makes the most incredible mandala rocks, and even sells them through her etsy shop! As soon as I saw her blog posts, I went out on the hunt for both river rocks that I could utilize, but also the art supplies that were also necessary to make this happen. In case you've never heard the word before and are curious to know it's definition, here is a quote taken from The Mandala Project regarding mandalas:

The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.

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Let me preface the rest of this post by saying this: this project is so much easier than you would ever anticipate; granted, my lines aren't even that straight or smooth, and that's okay; this is all about making these stones unique! Here's what you're going to need (or what I chose to use for this):

  • circular shaped flat stones
  • Daler Rowney acrylic artist's ink
  • a caligraphy pen + nib (I used this brand with the second biggest nib)
  • keep scrolling for the how-to!

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1. Start by washing your rocks and letting them dry. Once you paint the stones, you're not going to be able to wash the dirt off of them, so be sure to do that step first.

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2. Start by dipping your pen + nib into your paint deep enough so that some paint collects onto the nib.

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3. Start creating! Start in the centre of your mandala and then work your way out! The creative options are absolutely endless and are totally up to you! If you're feeling at a complete loss, just take a scroll through here to gather some inspiration.

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Once you're all done, you'll be able to use your stones wherever you'd like! They make beautiful desk decorations, paperweights, a door stop (if you get a really huge rock!), and then of course can be incorporated onto your wedding table settings!! The rocks can hold down your name cards, napkins, or can even just stand alone throughout the entirety of your wedding dinner table(s). We're planning on placing ours throughout our candles and succulents and dish ware come our own wedding reception.

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If you plan on trying out this DIY, definitely take a picture of your creations and tag me on Instagram so that I can check them out!! As always, if you're in the midst of preparing for your own wedding day and have any wedding planning questions, leave them below and we can talk more about it! ☮