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Make a Painted Pebble Friend

24 views  •  20 May 2023
Things Kids Can Make
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Painted Pebble Friends Are Fun to Collect

There is something about pretty round pebbles that makes them really nice to paint. Imagine how many millions of years a pebble has to roll around in the ocean or a river before it starts to become round.

It's like they already have a personality of their own.

So find an interesting pebble and let's turn them in to our own little painted pebble friend.


What do we need to make a painted pebble friend?

  • Pebbles
  • White acrylic paint
  • Coloured acrylic paint
  • Acrylic varnish, (optional)
  • Medium paintbrush and a fine paintbrush
Make a Painted Pebble Friend

Start Painting The Base Coat Of Our New Stone Friend

Step One

Make sure your worktop or table is protected with some old newspaper or similar. Painting is fun but can be messy.

To start, make sure your pebbles are clean and dry. Paint your pebbles white and leave them to dry. The reason we paint then white first is because this makes the next colours we paint even brighter.
Make a Painted Pebble Friend

Start Painting The Main Colour Of The Pebble

Step Two

Generally when we make a painted pebble friend, we start by painting the bigger blocks of colour first and then work down to smaller and smaller painted details.

So to make a ladybird pebble, start by painted our pebble with red acrylic paint.

If you are unsure what to paint, sketch out any design ideas on a piece of paper first.

Let the paint dry. 
Make a Painted Pebble Friend

Add More Details To The Painted Pebble

Step Three

Now for our ladybird, use the fine brush to paint the front black. Continue to paint in the head and spot details. Add any other details you like.

And that is the basic idea. To finish we can add a protective layer. Once all the paint is dry, cover the whole pebble in a coat of varnish.

The varnish is optional, so don't worry if you don't have any. Play with your painted pebble friends and if the paint gets worn off. Then you will know you need to add some varnish to the next one you make.
Make a Painted Pebble Friend

Finish Painting The Details On Our Painted Pebble

Step Four

Of course, you don't have to paint a ladybird. You can paint anything you like, so get creative. Maybe paint some flowers pebbles for the garden. Or some pebbles with numbers on and make a game.

Maybe paint pebbles with animals on them and make a little play. Or what about your favourite movie characters. Or how about pebbles with letters from your name.

Maybe make a painted pebble friend for a friend or family member.

At the end of the day, your painted pebble friend may be around for another millions years. Wouldn't that be amazing!
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