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A cute way to keep your papers from blowing around.
Having your desk set up near a big window is amazing. Lots of natural light and fresh air, a view of the trees swaying outside along the street as people stroll through the nabe… Papers blowing around as a result of a random breeze, however, is not one of my favorite things.

I’ve done a similar DIY before, but those were for pattern paper and these are smaller, for to-do lists and loose sheets on my desk. Okay, you got me! I just can’t stop decorating rocks. Anyway, here’s how to create some cute weights for your desk.

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  • How to make a paperweight. Embellished Stone Weights - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start with some clean, lovely rocks, which you can find anywhere in the great outdoors. I favor beach rocks, but I found these in Brooklyn. I was walking home from having drinks with friends, and couldn’t resist.

    Yes, I probably looked a little weird fishing for rocks in the street at 1AM… but it’s all for the sake of a cute DIY project, so, justified.

  • How to make a paperweight. Embellished Stone Weights - Step 2
    Step 2

    Gather up some decor (sequins, cabachons, flat back gems) and tacky glue.

  • How to make a paperweight. Embellished Stone Weights - Step 3
    Step 3

    Apply the tacky glue to the back of your embellishments carefully.

  • How to make a paperweight. Embellished Stone Weights - Step 4
    Step 4

    Press them down on the surface of the rock and hold for a few seconds to make sure everything stays in place.

  • How to make a paperweight. Embellished Stone Weights - Step 5
    Step 5

    When applying sequins, I use tweezers or needle nose pliers to place them precisely and avoid getting glue everywhere.

  • How to make a paperweight. Embellished Stone Weights - Step 6
    Step 6

    I also used some vintage bindis that I found in a shop in the East Village. Their glue was beginning to wear off and they probably wouldn’t have been great on skin, but with a little tacky glue, they work just fine on rocks.

  • How to make a paperweight. Embellished Stone Weights - Step 7
    Step 7

    Continue embellishing to your heart’s content. Once finished, display them on your window sill, or anywhere, until you need them for paper-stabilizing.

  • How to make a paperweight. Embellished Stone Weights - Step 8
    Step 8

    These make great gifts. Wrap up a set and give them to a co-worker or even to your mama for mother’s day.

  • How to make a paperweight. Embellished Stone Weights - Step 9
    Step 9

    Voila!

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