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An Easy Way to Secure an Outdoor Shade

An Easy Way to Secure an Outdoor Shade

Spotted in 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.

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.

For another idea with drilled stones, check out DIY Rustic Gate Clasp.

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7:20PM PST on Nov 18, 2012


8:31PM PST on Nov 11, 2012


4:52PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Looking nice! But having the stones used like this,with the holes,isn't just possible for everyone. Why not instead do some crochet work and make small sachets for the stones?? It's possible to make them beautiful colours too!

2:56PM PST on Nov 11, 2012

cute :)

11:18AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

cute !

1:50PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

How clever and utility is beauty!

5:42AM PST on Nov 10, 2012


3:44AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Very nice..

11:14AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Ah, really great idea! Thanks for sharing!

8:53PM PST on Nov 8, 2012


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