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Alphabet (Painted) Rocks

These were inspired by a set of alphabet painted baltic sea pebbles I spotted on Etsy.  Last year.

Safiya collected pebbles (that were flat and just the right size) last Summer and she’s been waiting patiently ever since for us to get around to this project. I finally bought some acrylic paint and a can of glaze (plus a pack of pebbles from the dollar store so we’d have enough to go around)!

While I was painting my ABC’s, the kids created their own rocks of art. Even my twelve year old joined in on the fun!


They’re really pretty and not hard to make at all (I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to them).

Here’s what we used:

  • 26 flat pebbles, plus extras for creating additional masterpieces
  • acryllic paints
  • glitter glue
  • small tip paintbrushes
  • a spray can of clear satin glaze or acrylic sealer

Painted rocks

I painted on the letters and added some dots for a border. I chose to keep the vowels all the same colour (pink) to emphasize that skill for my four year old. 

Painted rocks

When the paint dried (this doesn’t take long), I sprayed the pebbles with the can of glaze.  Make sure you do this outside.

I didn’t.

I don’t know what I was thinking except that it was SO cold and both cars were parked in the garage so there was no space in there – at all. To make a long story short the awful chemicals in the spray set the smoke alarms off. So don’t make the same mistake I did.

Oh! And these would be a great variation for story cubes, don’t you think? It doesn’t have to be elaborate; just paint a picture on both sides of the pebbles. You could even pack them up in a nice box and gift them to someone :)

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