Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Pebble monsters

Pebble monsters are really sweet and easy to make, and they are a really fun craft both to make with little ones and to display around the house and garden.



All you need is a selection of pebbles in different shapes and sizes. To paint them, I found that acrylic paint works best (although you have to be careful with little ones as it can be difficult to wash out of clothing). Paint one side first, then when it is dry, flip over to paint the other side. You can use a single colour for each pebble, or go for a more marbled effect by using lots of different colours at once. You can choose whether to stick to natural stone type colours, or make them as bright and colourful as you like.

Then when the paint was dry we decorated them with googly eyes and tiny scraps of felt. You may notice a more than passing resemblance to these monster finger puppets! 

Pebble rock and stone monsters

So what do you do with them when you've made them? Here are some ideas:

  • Hide them in the garden. Choose a sheltered spot, as they won't be weatherproof (or just replace them from time to time!)
  • Take them back down the beach on a sunny day, place them amongst the stones and leave them for people to find. Or leave them anywhere outdoors, in the forest, on a bench, at the playground...
  • Pop them in a plant pot in the house.
  • Leave them in a geocache.
  • Present them to adoring friends and relatives to decorate their homes.

Pebble rock and stone monsters

12 comments:

  1. I like the 3-eyed one the best! thanks for another great idea - Jo

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  2. ps - could you weatherproof with shellac?

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    1. Yes that probably would work really well! Especially if you just stuck to painting them. I'm glad that you liked them!

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  4. I just love the idea of leaving them on the beach! Above the tide line though. Or in a geocashe. They really are lovely.

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    1. I think that some of them may well make their way back to the beach!

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  5. I love the idea of leaving them places for others to find them. Maybe on a stile or near a river!

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    1. Lovely ideas! I think I'm going to need to make more and keep some in my bag to leave in fun places!

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  6. fantastic I just saw something similar today and thought I'll have to try that! Thanks for linking up with #ArtAttackTuesday x

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  7. my friend made my son some of these for Christmas. They are so cute. Unfortunately my son spent Christmas morning pealing all the googley eyes off the pebbles! obviously he didn't share my appreciation of them.

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  8. v. much enjoyed making these this weekend -- discovered that you can stick stones together pretty well with UHU White Tack to make head/body structures-my turtle rocks! White tack also means you can recycle the eyes.

    keep writing!
    jo - www.mumswrite.com

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  9. These are adorable! I love the stickers! Brilliant.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

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