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{DIY} Christmas Gifts – Story Stones

Story Stones1

Greetings from the long lost land here On The Ning Nang Nong.

Uni has finally finished for the year (along with assignments and placements) which means I am finally able to get back to some projects and the blog! I enrolled in a Masters of Teaching (Early Years) this year in order to work towards being a kindergarten teacher, but I didn’t expect it to take up so much of my time. That and my stepson switching schools so he’s further away seem to have eaten into my project time!

To my great excitement Christmas is rapidly approaching (I do love Christmas) and that means it’s time for me to brush out my DIY skills to start some Christmas presents.

As most of you will remember I’m pretty cheap … err, I mean thrifty … when it comes to giving Christmas gifts. I have decided to continue on this theme, at least until my niece is old enough to refuse to accept my home-made offerings!

This year I have decided to make a few different things, beginning with these awesome looking story stones.

Image from The Coffee Apple


I’ve seen these around a few places, and thought they looked absolutely gorgeous, and since I’m literacy mad I thought it would be a wonderful gift. I also didn’t want to pay too much money for them – and I have to admit that I’m not a terribly artistic person.

And then, while I was reading An Everyday Story Kate mentioned that someone had hand made her daughter some story stones. And I thought, what the hey, I’ll give it a go.

It’s surprisingly easy, even for someone with my limited artistic talents!

My parents had some white pebbles that they had cleaned out of a potted plant so I *achem*acquired*achem* those.

Story Stones materials

I practiced drawing some pictures on the pebbles with a grey lead, and then went over them with a super fine point Sharpie/permanent marker. I paid around $2.50 for this marker from Officeworks and it is the only money that I ended up needing to spend.

B&W Story Stones

I spent a while debating over whether to colour them in, and if so with what. I toyed with using coloured permanent markers, but have ended up just using coloured pencils (Derwent brand, I have a far greater appreciation for their awesomeness as an adult than I ever did as a child).

Here they are, all completed. I think they look ok, although next time I think I might spend more time planning ‘themes’ for each of the pictures. They’re a bit of a hodge podge at the moment. Hopefully they’re good enough that a two year old won’t know that they’re not “the real thing”, though. And all for the cost of a permanent marker.

Completed Story Stones


Now all that’s left is to make a drawstring bag for them to go in – but that’s a post for another day.

Have you made or used story stones before? How did they go?


This post is part of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop

2 thoughts on “{DIY} Christmas Gifts – Story Stones

  1. That is awesome! I remember painting rocks when I was little. Still have a couple of them. And to make them into stories is an really neat idea! I’m going to try this. Thanks!

  2. Pingback: {DIY} Literacy Stones | on the ning nang nong

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