ISSUE 63  |  Do-It-Yourself

DIY: Rock Weights for a Sun Shade

March 11, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Spotted in our post on the Japanese mountain cafe Nap, a patio with a sun shade anchored by rocks.

Owner Makoto Kawai collected stones from a nearby river to secure the sun shade above the cafe’s outdoor deck. He had the holes drilled at a local factory, then strung the rocks together with string to form weights to keep the awning in place. Read more about the cafe and gardening store in our post: Nap Cafe.

Photography by Yoko Inoue for Gardenista.


Above: The strings of rocks add a visual rustic note to the outdoor patio.


Above: Learn how to drill holes in stones in this tutorial from Jenny Hoople. Or for the DIY challenged, drilled stones can be purchased on Etsy from Allybeans.

(N.B. For another idea with drilled stones, check out our post: DIY Rustic Gate Clasp.)

This is an update of a post originally published September 3, 2012.