Painting Pebble Critters

February 21, 2016 9 Comments

I’m always on the search for crafts that I can do with the kids, they seem to love it, but ssh! don’t tell them I think I enjoy it more!

Here’s how we decorated our pebble critters.  I actually bought these pebbles from a gardening store.  As a result they had a gloss finish which meant they needed several coats of paint initially to make them easier to decorate.  I think natural pebbles would be easier, but I haven’t yet had time to search the beaches this year.  Flat oval pebbles are the most universal shape for critters.

We used acrylic art paint to decorate them.  I had an old art set, with a variety of different sized paintbrushes.  You can paint them free hand like we did, but for more intricate designs you can use Sharpie markers to mark out your design.

First we painted the base colour.  Ours needed several coats, but this will depend on the type of pebble you have and the quality of your paint.

I kept the designs simple as this was an activity for the kids aged 2, 4 and 8.  If you search the web there are loads of fantastic ideas, some are amazing and well beyond my artistic talents let alone the kids! The only limit though is your imagination.


Once the designs are all done, a coat of clear varnish means they won’t chip. Our little critters are destined for the garden as soon as the weather improves!


Monkey and Mouse



  • Jenny - Monkey and Mouse February 26, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    They are gorgeous! I have been meaning to do this for a while too, but just need to get some varnish for the finishing. Love the looks of concentration on your daughters face. Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

    • Kerry February 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you Jenny, I need to get to the beach and source some larger ones to paint for the garden x

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  • Bella September 18, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I keep meaning to do this and you’ve just jogged my memory – thank you! Is there any particular brand of paint, or especially varnish, that you can recommend?

    • Kerry September 18, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      We used normal acrylic paint. As for varnish I used one I had that is designed for use with Fimo clay (if that’s still around?). They havent been tested outside but it seemed to work well x

  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy April 26, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I used to do a bit of pebble painting with my son’s when they were young nothing as good as this though#kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

  • Naomi Oikonomou May 4, 2019 at 8:54 am

    You’ve just reminded me that this is one of our most favourite activities to do on the beach in Greece. Especially at Easter (PASXA), it’s tradition to paint ladybirds (PASXALITSAS)… I don’t know why we’ve never done it n England! #kidsandkreativity

  • Emma May 6, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    We have done this a few times with a little gardening club we attend, they’re great fun aren’t they! #KidsandKreativity

  • It’s been years now since we painted pebbles or rocks, I just don’t seem to get around to it even though I know how fun it can be! We’ve already got a few pebbles lying around, so I’ve got no excuses… x #KidsandKreativity

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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