Introduction: Photo-Pebbles..Easy As D-I-Y!

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These Cute Glass pebbles are the perfect no-reason-but-just-'cause gift!

I wanted to give my mom something that had siblings and I as kids (Mothers Day Gift, Anyone?).

These are Super easy so lets get started!

Step 1: What You Need:

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Floral Glass Pebbles (The Less Shiny, the better)

Mod-Podge (or any glue that dries clear)

A print out of what you want to make: Vintage photo's, your Favorite Cartoon Character, your Initials..

Paperclips (for a bookmark)/ Magnets (For Fridge Magnets)/ Pendant Hooks (For a Pendant)

Note: If you have larger magnets that are still smaller than the circumference to the glass, use those. These tiny ones where the only ones I had..)

Step 2: Snug As a Bug

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The Glass pebbles I bought came in different sizes. So if you have the same problem,I would recommend taking some time to find the right sized glass pebble for each picture.

Step 3: Mod-Podge Away..

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Apply Mod-Podge to the back of your pebble. Or you can apply it to your image directly.

(No sniffing)

Step 4: Stick Your Pebble in Place

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Apply Glass Pebble directly over the image. Push down hard to push away excess glue.

Pretty soon, the glue will dry up and you will see your image through the glass.

Let It dry completely..

Step 5: Scissor-Time!

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Cut out your image around the pebble. Try and be as close as possible to the edge.

Watch those Fingers!

Step 6: Stick Your Base of Choice

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Depending on what you want to make, you can either

1.Glue a Paperclip to make a Bookmark

2.Glue a Magnet to make a Fridge Magnet

3.Glue a pendant hook to make a Pendant.

Apply glue to the back of the pebble and stick your base of choice.

Step 7: Make It Your Own..

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As I started making these, I didn't realize how many different things you could make out of these fun pebbles.

So if you are looking for a quick craft, it almost doesn't get better than this..

Step 8: Until Next Time..

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And as always,

Keep Being Creative..!

Until next time folks.


CharmdMetal-Dot-Com made it! (author)2014-03-28

These were a lot of fun! I had a lot of little images and stuff from making bottle cap necklaces, so I figured they'd work fine for this.

I found a bag of 35 pebbles at the dollar store.. they only had small, dime sized ones and these ones that were a little bigger than a quarter and too big for my bottle cap images, but I made them work anyway,

I contemplated using Diamond Glaze or E-6000, but instead I jfigured I should follow the instructions lol so I just brushed some Mod Podge (I have a regular ink jet printer and used images I already had printed on photo paper and some scrap book paper and none of the ink ran surprisingly) on to the image and the flat side of the pebble, put as much weight as I could on it to press out the bubbles and let them dry.

Once dry, I cut them out and then took a fine grit sanding block and sanded down the edges. I think a nail file might work better? Then I brushed the backs with some more Mod Podge to seal them better.

If you want to make them waterproof, I think brushing the backs with a layer or 2 of E-6000 would do the trick.

These would be really cute to do for weddings or parties too.

Yours turned out great! The pictures showed through very well! Thanks for trying it out.

Simran Sharma (author)2015-12-24


DaynaS5 (author)2015-12-16

love it, great idea, what setting or paper do you suggesting printing the photos on

suzysmith24 (author)2015-05-08

Oh my god! I came up with the exact same thing for my sisters birthday

anelson22 made it! (author)2014-08-13

i've had success using e6000

pmagnets (author)2014-06-27

Great idea for business.

I have lots of flat megnets from It's time to mics them up!

agguilar (author)2014-06-12


mrsbeal7 (author)2014-05-02

I used modge podge and the photos look whitened. Did I use too much adhesive? I think I will try hot glue next.

alipscomb1 (author)2014-04-10

I have been doing this with my Photos since 2008. Most of the time I would put photos of bugs and animal that I photographed. I would sell them mostly to kid at craft shows . I use real photo photo paper for mine . The technique is similar to yours. Good job on yours . PS real photos of flowers works great too.

Ulsha (author)2014-04-02

Love making these. I take a few steps in a different order since I like to use newprint. Cut the picture is slightly larger than the pebble, apply glue and I let the paper wilt a bit. After the glue is dried use a nail file pulled away from the center to clean the edge and get image that hits the edge of the curve. Coat the back to seal, preferably 2-3 layers.

My preferred treatment is double backed tape to make stickers.

Kitstart (author)Ulsha2014-04-05

That makes sense! I'll try it out the next time I make these! Thansk for the suggestion!

mmckenney132 (author)2014-03-30

Amazingly easy, fun and cool project.

Kitstart (author)mmckenney1322014-04-05


Sephirot-mommy (author)2014-04-03

love it! looks very easy!! i am going to try it!


Kitstart (author)Sephirot-mommy2014-04-05

Do show me how it turns out!

nygma (author)2014-04-04

I starting dropping colored pebbles a few weeks ago as geocaching trade items. Seeing this, I can make them customized!

Kitstart (author)nygma2014-04-05

Thats a great idea!

LexiLovesPie (author)2014-04-04

Can you use any clear drying adhesive or does it have to be mod podge?

Kitstart (author)LexiLovesPie2014-04-05

Any clear adhesive should work...

kendrajean (author)2014-03-28

Thank you Kitstart, a very inspiring idea. Many people will get much joy from your idea. Keep up the inovative thoughts.

Kitstart (author)kendrajean2014-03-29

Thank you!! =)

Meanebaby (author)2014-03-28

Great idea! Thanks!

Shawn112270 (author)2014-03-27

I made these years ago as fridge magnets

capsule44 (author)2014-03-27

thank you

Kitstart (author)capsule442014-03-27

You are welcome! I would love to hear if you made it yourself, and how you personalized it!

agis68 (author)2014-03-27

brilliant idea to turn the boring pebbles to something interesting and to gift it aswell

Kitstart (author)agis682014-03-27

Thank you!! I would love to hear if you made it yourself, and how you personalized it!

Vampyra65 (author)2014-03-27

Very cute idea and would well as gifts. Thanks for sharing this :o)

Kitstart (author)Vampyra652014-03-27

You are welcome! I would love to hear if you made it yourself, and how you personalized it!

Treasure Tabby (author)2014-03-24

Great idea. Thanks for sharing. And I'm sure kids will enjoy playing with these like marbles and remember Pogs? ;)

Kitstart (author)Treasure Tabby2014-03-24

Yep, My little Brother used to play with Pogs all the time. Im about a generation older than him, I never got into that.
I was a Thundercat, NinjaTurtle, Carebear, Stawberry ShortCake Kinda Girl =D

perryjulius (author)Kitstart2014-03-27

"Sword of omens...give me sight beyond sight..."

gloflyer (author)2014-03-27

Does this work with images printed on an inkjet printer, or does it have to be toner based?

MISTHULA (author)gloflyer2014-03-27

I made these with my inkjet printer but I used hot glue which also works great and it's instantly glued and it doesn't smudge or run the colors of inkjet prints. I too made them as Xmas presents as a little extra gift to my friends. The hot glue also is clear when you immediately press the photo to the back of the pebble. You can get bags fo larger ones from the craft stores also. They are fun to make but just take care using the hot glue. Mind your fingers.

criggie (author)gloflyer2014-03-27

Shouldn't matter, as long as the glue doesn't mess up the image. non-waterproof inkjet ink may run or smudge. Try wiping a print with a wet cloth or finger and you'll see.

Could also use old-fashioned photos.

marydecorator (author)2014-03-25

Very cute! I'd love one with Yoshi :)

Kitstart (author)marydecorator2014-03-25

Thanks! Hope you make some too! Let me know how it goes!

marydecorator (author)Kitstart2014-03-26

Absolutely! These are very inspiring!

shankybatra (author)2014-03-25

super cool

Kitstart (author)shankybatra2014-03-25

Thanks! Hope you try it out too!

dcivarson (author)2014-03-25

This would be great for Christmas ornaments too! Great idea

Kitstart (author)dcivarson2014-03-25

And so easy =)

andrea biffi (author)2014-03-25

hey those pins are great!

Kitstart (author)andrea biffi2014-03-25

Thanks! Hope you try it out with your own twist to it too!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-03-25

Wow! awesome idea :)

Kitstart (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2014-03-25

Thanks! Hope you try it out too!

Shannara17 (author)2014-03-25

You could also use heat transfer paper so the image is directly printed onto the glass :)

Kitstart (author)Shannara172014-03-25

I love the idea! Ill try that..since I have a whole bag of them to experiment with! Thanks !

captainchaoss (author)2014-03-24

these would be a great geocache trade item ! thanks for sharing.

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