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DIY STORY STONES_Make the Most of it

We have loved playing with our story stones and I am so excited to show you 2 DIY story stone ideas for you to try out yourself. For our first set, I hand painted little pictures on each stone. You could try this for your kids, or even let them have fun painting their own if they are old enough to work on a smaller surface. These turned out very cute and my kids love to play with them, making up their own stories. Need theme ideas? Check out my post on 5 Ways to Use Story Stones!

The next set was made using printed letters. I simply printed them off on regular printer paper and cut them out. I used a block alphabet font so that we could play with letter recognition and word building, but you could use this method for pictures too, especially for any story book characters or your kid’s favorite tv show characters!

After trying out both methods, I found the printed version a lot easier and less time-consuming. I got the letters done in one nap time! But both methods work and the kids have enjoyed interacting with both kinds of stones.

PAINTED STORY STONES

Supplies:

River Rocks (I got mine for a dollar at Dollar Tree, but these are similar)

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Matte Finish

Paintbrushes (you can use anything you have, the smaller the better for detailed painting!)

DIRECTIONS

One: Paint a base.

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Our Rocks were black, so the first thing I did was paint a white base on each rock.

For the planet rocks, I just painted a white circle on each rock as a base for the color of each planet.

For the rest of our rocks, I just painted one side of the rock white as a background for different mini figures and pictures.

Two: Paint your design.

Get creative! I looked up examples of the planets and played around with colors to look like different planets. For the rest of our rocks, I tried to think of what the kids would want to include in their stories. I would pick a theme and do 2 or three rocks in that theme. Better yet, let the kids come up with what they want to paint! The paintings can be as simple or detailed as you like. They don’t need to be perfect to be fun.

Better yet, let the kids come up with what they want to paint! The paintings can be as simple or detailed as you like. They don’t need to be perfect to be fun.

Three: Paint a matte finish over the whole picture after your paint dries! You’ll want to protect your little works of art as much as possible. They will get bumped around and dirty, and they will eventually chip, but the matte finish will help delay all of that.

Four: Let the matte finish dry and that’s it! Let the fun begin!

PRINTED STORY STONES

Supplies:

River Rocks (I got mine for a dollar at Dollar Tree, but these are similar)

Printed Clipart

Scissors

Foam Brush

Mod Podge

Alphabet story stones during nap time! (And netflix because #friYAY)

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One: Paint the rock with a layer of Mod Podge

Two: Place clip art cut out on top.

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Three: Paint another layer of Mod Podge on top. This seals the paper to the rock and will dry clear!

Four: Let it dry and have fun playing!

I hope you have so much fun making your own DIY story stones! I’d love to see what you come up with!