Make your own Story Stones

story stones tutorial from little button diariesI have seen a few pins floating by on Pinterest for Story Stones, and I really love the idea of them. A pile of pebbles with pictures, you pick one at a time and invent a little story. And as I live a few minutes walk from a big pebbly beach I decided to make some of my own for Amelie. It wasn’t as straightforward as I thought, I trialled (and error-ed) a few methods, so if you want to make your own you can do it a lot quicker than me! If you don’t have pebbles to hand, you could just as easily make these from card or even bottle tops.

You will need:

  • pebbles
  • white spray paint – I used Kobra
  • sharpies or other permanent coloured markers
  • Varnish – I love Triple thick.

1. Begin by spray painting your stones. Don’t attempt to paint them – this was the first method I tried, and after about 5 coats (ugh) the pebbles looked lumpy and patchy. Spray paint is the way forward! Get outside – ventilation is important with aerosol – and spread the pebbles out on an old piece of card or something. Spray a layer of paint on the stones and, once dry, flip them round and paint the other sides. It may take a couple of coats.

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2. Once you’re happy with the coverage, draw out your images with sharpie pens.

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3. Now for the varnish. For me this was another trial and error moment – after drawing all my images I lumped a load of varnish on top and all the colours started to run and bleed. NOOOO! Thankfully I only wrecked a couple. What you need to do is seal the images with a very thin coating of varnish first. Leave that to dry, then you can paint the varnish on more liberally.

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And that’s it! We had a very unusual story last night about a kangaroo on a bus who ate a key and pooed out a treasure map. Its lovely to watch Amelie making up her own stories too.

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One thought on “Make your own Story Stones

  1. I love this! Though it might be harder to find pebbles here in the Pennines than in Brighton. Story rocks, anyone?

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