Innovative Uses For Petrified Wood

Most people assume that petrified wood is good only for collecting and looking at. While there's no denying the beauty of petrified wood, it also has some other useful purposes that you may be unaware of. So, before you go storing away your petrified wood, you should familiarize yourself on what some of these uses are. While there are countless different uses for petrified wood, we're going to cover some of the most innovate uses here.

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If you have an aquarium, you can place petrified wood in the bottom of it to create a more decorative and attractive look. Unlike driftwood and other organic material, petrified wood doesn't release tannins when submerged in water; therefore, it's more suitable for aquariums. Whether you have a freshwater or saltwater aquarium, chances are you can benefit from using petrified wood in it.

When you're setting up your aquarium, try placing a few colorful pieces of petrified wood in the bottom of it. Because it contains minerals and not organic material, it's certain to withstand the water for countless years to come. I recommend placing the petrified wood sideways so the vibrant colors will be easily visible from the outside. Just remember to not overload your aquarium with petrified wood or any other materials for that matter, as your fish need plenty of room to swim around.

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Petrified wood can also be used as bookends to keep books or magazines standing upright without falling down. If you're a book worm with tons of reading material, you should consider using two pieces of petrified wood for this purpose. While there are many other types bookends available for sale, none are as stylish or unique as petrified wood. Besides, it's a fun conversation starter when guests come over to your home and see them holding your books in place.

In order to use petrified wood as bookends, you'll need to find two pieces featuring a flat bottom and at least one flat side. Line your books standing upright on a shelf or any other surface you wish and place a petrified wood pieces on each side. Because of their heavy weight and durability, petrified wood will hold up your books without much effort.


Petrified wood is the perfect material to use for making jewelry. Depending on the minerals and elements inside it, the petrified wood may possess a number of beautiful colors. If you want to make a necklace with a swirling red or blue gemstone, try taking a piece of petrified wood, polishing it, and then using it for a necklace pendant. Contrary to what many people believe, making jewelry with petrified wood isn't nearly as difficult as you may think. All it requires is that you first polish down a small piece of petrified wood in a rock tumbler, followed by encapsulating it inside a pendant holder, and lastly attaching it to a necklace cord. Sorry if you were expecting more, but that's all it takes to make a petrified wood necklace!

Necklaces aren't the only type of jewelry that can be crafted with petrified wood. If you prefer earrings or bracelets, you can make these as well. Just follow the same steps as above by placing small pieces of petrified wood into a rock tumbler to smooth them out and wear down some of the exterior material. Once it's the size you desire, take a trip to your local craft or hobby store to find the other materials necessary to make the jewelry. It may not come out perfect the first time you try to make it, but keep trying and you'll be making professional-grade petrified jewelry in no time.