How to Drill Holes in Beach Stones

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I drilled holes in beach stones. So let me show you how I did it and how you can use stones with holes for decorating!

stones with holes drilled
I can't say to drill holes in beach stones is super easy, but it's very doable.


beach stones with natural holes at Pescadero State Park CA
Shells come with natural holes (see my Shell Garland), so do stones. And there seems to be an abundance of stones with holes at Pescadero State Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay (CA). If you live near, you won't need this tutorial!

old hammer drill
The tool: a hammer drill. This one is over fifteen years old. Hammer drills are well suited for drilling holes in masonry or stone and withstand severe heating.

hammer drill bit
This is what the drill bit looks like.

We used a vise to secure the rock, and when I say we I mean my husband. He offered to drill the holes in the stones, and I was happy just watching.

drilling a hole in a stone
Lean against the drill and off you go. How fast it will drill depends on the hardness of the stone. This one was rather soft and it took less than two minutes. The drill combines a rotating and hammer action that chisels its way through the stone, creating a clean round hole.

rock pull for blind
Smaller beach stones make great pulls for blinds or lamps.

rock vase
Or check out this adorable Rock Vase at A Little Tipsy.

table lamp with stacked rocks design
And if you're really ambitious, you could make a stylish Stacked Stone Lamp. White Space White Space

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