In our family, some of the most popular crafts that we do all year are the ones we make using things we found outside in our very own backyard. Sure, our kids definitely enjoy making things with the awesome craft supplies we let them pick our at the local store, but sometimes getting creating with unconventional materials like sticks and stones is just a little extra exciting to them because it’s much different than the kinds of more traditional cut and paste crafts they’ll probably make in school on the average day. Personally, our kids have always had a penchant for collecting rocks and stones whenever they spend time playing outside and we often come outside to find our porch steps carefully lined with the pebbles they thought looked the most interesting, so we sat down recently to find some interesting stone and pebble based crafts so we can help them get creative with things they enjoy!
Just in case you think your kids would enjoy crafting with stones and pebbles as much as ours do, if not more, here are 15 of the most creative ideas, designs, and tutorials we’ve come across in our search so far.
1. Family garden rocks
If you’re going to craft with your kids all together as a family, would you rather make something that is actually quite family based and works to bring everyone together? Then we have a feeling you might really enjoy this cute family rock garden idea outlined step by step on Serenity Health. They show you how to etch, paint, pr stencil the names of each of your family members right on the surface of a series of flat stones so you can arrange them out back like garden decor.
2. Message and letter rocks
Were your kids very interested indeed in the idea of writing right on the rocks they’ve collected but you can’t help but wonder whether there might be a way for you to make the craft a little more interactive after the fact, once the customizing is all finished? Then we think perhaps you’ll have a much better time making and using these letter and message rocks outlined on The Write Start! Arrange them after the fact to leave each other cute note messages by the phone or on the porch.
3. DIY backyard rock box
Are your kids actually quite little but you’ve definitely noticed that they adore picking rocks up and playing with them when you spend time in the backyard or at the park? Then perhaps you can get very DIY with stones and pebbles for the, by building an awesome rock rock box in one corner of your yard! Two Twenty One guides you through the process of using wood to section off a part of the yard and picking smooth, rounded stones to fill it with that are ideal for playing in.
4. Lovely painted mandala stones
Perhaps it’s actually you that’s intrigued with the idea of getting crafty with rocks and stones and you’ve always been interested in and quite skilled at hand painting? Perhaps you just find the idea of painting lovely, dotted patterns very relaxing? Either way, we think you might get along very well with Colourful Crafts‘ suggestion (and pattern guide) for painting stunning mandala designs all over the surface of flat stones of your own choosing.