Decorating pebbles

It’s spring time and here’s a simple arty activity to brighten up your garden. And the best thing is when they’re finished you don’t need to remember to water them (I’m not very good at that!).


I love activities that allow children to explore painting on a new surface and using different textures. This activity allows children to work at their own level and own style; young children might enjoy painting with their fingers, to feel what they are doing; other children may enjoy colour mixing, and experimenting; and older children may enjoy making intricate patterns. There is no right and wrong with this activity, let your child be free to create. You may even fancy joining them!

You will need:

  • 6-8 medium size smooth pebbles…a perfect excuse to go to the seaside – hooray!
  • Tempura paints
  • Paint pots
  • Paint brushes
  • PVA glue
  • Glitter
  • Coloured sand (optional)
  • Newspaper
  • Spray varnish (to protect from weathering – I found some from a well-known online shop)

What next:

  1. Cover your table in newspaper, as this can get messy.

2. Lay out the paints and allow your child to paint their pebbles with whatever patterns and colours they would like.

3. Leave to dry.

4. Then put out the PVA glue, glitter & coloured sand. Let your child explore and enjoy the stickiness of the glue and put blobs onto their pebbles. Then sprinkle them with the glitter & coloured sand.

5. Leave to dry.

6. Finally, an adult sprays the finished pebble creations with clear varnish.

7. Leave to dry.

8. Then enjoy decorating your garden with your beautiful pebbles!

I found these decorated pebbles lasted from Spring through to Autumn when protected with the spray varnish.

I’d love to see your finished creations, why not post them on my Facebook page – Ruth’s Arty Experience

Have fun!


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