Spotted in the CRAFT Flickr pool: user poopscape made an interesting tutorial on using gold leaf to embellish river rocks as an alternative to hokey holiday decorations. From the site:

This Christmas, instead of forking out the big bucks for the big bling, try this instead. Gold leaf is surprisingly cheap ($7 for a pack of 25 5″x5″ sheets) and when used with double tack mounting film, it’s really easy to use. The mounting film can be cut into any design, regardless of how intricate or delicate it is. You can add gold leaf to just about any surface, but I thought I’d use it to transform the humble river rock into something special to decorate my house with this Christmas. Gold leaf is festive and Christmassy without screaming, “Christmas!” in your face. Hate that.

I love the Andy Goldsworthy recreation above.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).