Decorated Glass Pebbles – Kids’ Craft Ideas

Decorated glass pebbles are very versatile and can suit many purposes: decorating, as rewards, as tic tac toes or even to make jewellery and fridge magnets.

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  • glass pebbles / glass gems / glass nuggets / flat marbles or however you call them (the transparent, completely clear ones would be the best) £1 / bag of 40+
  • old magazines to cut out pictures, words, letters
  • old small, square tin for the “tic tac toe” game
  • small, round magnets or magnetic tape to make fridge magnets
  • metal ring findings (about £1 / per 10)

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flat marbles decorated with old magazines

decorating glass pebbles with nail polish

back of glass pebbles decorated with permanent marker and nail polish


  • scissors
  • clear, paper glue or even glue stick
  • all purpose adhesive or even better glue gun for rings and magnets
  • paper to draw the patterns
  • permanent markers or colourful nail varnish to paint the pebbles

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tic tac toe / noughts & crosses game


  1. First find designs, patterns or words in the magazines that will fit under the pebble. You can also draw patterns with market on the paper or even paint directly on the bottom of the pebble with permanent markers and / or nail varnishes.
  2. If sticking the design rather than drawing on a pebble, glue the paper, stick pebble and then cut off excess paper with the scissors.
  3. To make magnets simply stick (best with glue gun) the magnets on the back of the decorated pebbles.
  4. To make tick tac toe (noughts and crosses) game use permanent markers on nail varnish to make crosses and circles (5 of each). For the travel version use some little old, square tin as a container. You can also stick small magnets on the back of each counter, this way pebbles will stay in position while plying on the go.
  5. To make the rings stick decorated pebbles with glue gun on the top of ring findings.
  6. Or simply decorate the pebbles and use them as game counters, to stick around the house, give to your friends or collect in a special tin…

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decorated glass nuggets (permanent marker + nail varnish)

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wisdom eye ring (glass pebble + nail varnish + ring fastening)

upcycled paper magazines fridge magnets

monochrome fridge magnets (glass nuggets + old magazines)

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travel tic tac toe / noughts & crosses game in recycled tin

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glass gem rings

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DIY reward system for kids

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DIY glass gem push pins for the countdown calendar


My girls loved idea of decorating the pebbles and we will be definitely making more of them shortly… just waiting for some more supplies.

Pebbles that are not completely clear but kind of shiny / iridescent work better with bold best black & white patterns.

Your thoughts…

  1. Really inspired by the monochrome ones. Beautiful

  2. Thank you Sally, they are my favourite ones as well :)

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