Our Pebble Family

I love creating stuff out of things found in nature; sticks, stones, pinecones, acorns, conkers…the list goes on.
And I also love pinterest, it can be incredibly addictive, I love to pin. I use pinterest mainly as a form of inspiration. I have loads of ideas i’d love to create but time is always an obsitacle. That and my incredibly dire organisational skills….

Most of what you see on the creation side of my blog is stuff that’s been buzzing around my head for a long while and finally sees its way to existence.

I’ve had these pictures pinned to one of my boards for ages. These inspired me to create ‘Our Pebble Family’

I collected a load of stones from the beach about a year ago and sorted them out while Penguin was busy creating his own stone art.

I’m not much of an illustrator, thankfully my husband is. He’d created these illustrations of our family during our #30DaysWild challenge. Now I can’t illustrate but I can copy!!! so I copied Leo’s illustrations onto these pebbles, splitting up the different sections of the bodies. I used a white acrylic paint for the background colour. I first did the outline in pencil and then used a really fine brush to paint on the black lines.


I used acrylic paint to colour the illustrations.


I wanted Penguin and Little Missy to be able to play with our pebble family without the paint coming off. I gave each pebble a couple of coats of a clear acrylic varnish. I was really pleased with the varnish, it gave the pebbles a shiny finish. Given the amount of knocks the pebbles have already had, it is very effective. I love toys and activities that aid imaginative play. ‘Our Pebble Family’ has been used a lot for role play and has certainly engaged the little munchkins when I’m needing some time to prepare dinner!

Do you use Pinterest as a form of inspiration? I’d love to link up with you and see what inspires you.

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20 thoughts on “Our Pebble Family

  1. Such a lovely idea! Unfortunately I am not much of an illustrator either but I think the children would love doing their own 🙂 Thanks for sharing #FabFridayPost


  2. THIS is so COOL. I’ve just bookmarked this because it is such an awesome idea! I love your pebbles, mine may not look as pretty as neither my boyfriend nor I are artists! But it doesn’t matter anyway, it’s about having fun and being creative! Thanks for sharing! #FabFridayPost


  3. Wow! These looks amazing! You are so talented! I think I might get Ethan to draw some dinosaurs picture onto the stone. That would make quite an alternative for him as he loves dinosaurs so much! lol! Thank you for linking up with me again. Lovely post. #FabFridayPost


  4. this is lovely! you’re so arty! I am pinning this to my kids activities board ( i am also an addicted pinterest-er) #howtosunday


  5. I love these! I also have those links pinned, love Pinterest for inspiration too, but not enough time for everything! They look very professional, you’ve done an amazing job on them. I have so far made one little strawberry stone as a test with out varnish and it lasted a year before coming off a bit, will need to buy some acrylic varnish to make the story stones I also love. My excuse for not making them yet is that A is still in a throwing stage and I don’t want him throwing these in the house!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x


  6. Great fun! we do the same but I have made ours into bugs and ladybirds, the parts of the body is a great idea for something different. Hope you will share with me on Trash 2 Treasure. Nothing like upcycling a beach stone!

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  7. Oh wow, I absolutely love these!! If only I was talented enough to draw/paint, I’m sure mine would turn out like a few multi-coloured blobs, haha. I do like Pinterest but find that nothing ever comes out as well as I imagine it to in my head! Thanks for linking up to Marvellous Mondays, hope to see you again next week! Kaye xo #MarvMondays


  8. thank you so much for popping over and joining #Trash2Treasure, I love these pebbles and the matching games you can play with them. I have been painting some today to add to a Christmas decoration pot.


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