Friday, 3 August 2012

Rock Monsters! A Pebble Magnet Tutorial




Rock Monster Magnets - Tutorial.  

These colourful little dudes will brighten even the dullest of kitchen appliances...also great for magnetic note boards and such like.
Now you can finally do something with all those pebbles you (eh hem, I mean, your kid's) collect at the beach.


It's the Summer Holidays - yay! 6 (or 7 for us here in Cyprus) weeks of quality time with your kid's. Doesn't it sound idyllic? Hands up who was ready to list their children on ebay by 8 am on the first day? Really? OK maybe that was just me then...

Anyway. Here's a little project you can do with your own little monsters.
 

Step 1)  Collect some pebbles

 

We are blessed with a zillion pebble beaches to choose from here in Southern Cyprus.
River rocks, beach stones or pebbles are all good for this project. Medium sized are best. Too big and they will need super strong magnets to stay on the fridge, too small and they will be too fiddly to paint. 3 - 5cm diameter is a good size.
White or light coloured stones are easier to paint and the smoother the better for the same reason.

Step 2)  Have a cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits. 

 

What do you mean what has this got to do with making pebble magnets? Just make sure you follow the steps! ;)

 

 

Step 3)  Gather your materials

 

You are going to need:

  • Pebbles
  • Acrylic paints
  • Medium sized and small paint brushes
  • Small Magnets
  • Strong (or Super) Glue 
  • Fine tipped black permanent marker pen(sharpie)

 

 

 

 

Step 4) Paint those pebbles.

 


We used acrylic paints. They are great for painting on pebbles and really durable.
We used a brand called DEKA Lack, which we got locally here in Cyprus. Any acrylic paints will do the job though. In fact you could even use water based kid's paints if you are not too fussy about the paint job. Sometimes it's the taking part and creating that is really the main objective anyway!
We painted 2 coats on each side of the pebbles (allowing drying time between coats) for a nice deep coloured shiny finish.

 

 

 

 

Step 5) Monster Faces :0s :0) :0( Grrrrrr!

 

 

This is where your fine marker pen comes in verrrryy handy. You can use a paintbrush and paint if you have a super steady hand, but a pen makes it much easier.
Draw or paint a monster expression on your pebbles remembering to leave some space for their eyes. Let your imagination run wild a lil' bit, or just copy some of our expressions (above). I like the toothy grins best. This blue one at the bottom looks a bit like my own little monster who has just lost a front tooth!

 

 

Step 6) Googley eyes.

 

 

We opted for googly eyes to give our rock monsters a little bit of character, but you could paint some eyes if you prefer.
I bought these eyes from an ebay seller. I think it was 200 eyes for 99p and a quid postage. They also sell them in craft shops, Homebargains and the kid's craft sections of Asda and Tesco super cheaply.
I asked the children to place the eyes, one two and even 3!, and then I glued them myself with some really strong glue. Strong glue and children obviously not a good combination so this is a job for super mum.
Don't the eyes just make the faces?

I let the glue dry over night (follow the instructions on whatever glue you are using for drying times).

 

 

Step 7) Magnets.



So now you have your cute looking pebbles all painted, it's onto the magnets. I bought some circular magnets from ebay (about £4 incl. postage for 200). They need to be quite strong, but not the seriously strong ones which will have you stuck in a corner with every metalic object in your kitchen cabinets pinning you to the floor. Mine were for holding up to 30g which seems to work great. I used my industrial strength 'E-6000' glue for this job, as it obviously needs a really secure hold to prevent ripping the magnet from the pebble when moving it around the fridge.
I stuck 2 magnets to some of the bigger, heavier stones, just to be sure they wouldn't slip down the fridge with the weight. TopTip - If you are going to glue 2 magnets side by side, make sure first that you have them facing the right way to 'attract to one another and not 'repel' one another. Speaking from experience you can end up in rather a sticky mess if you don't!
I left the glue overnight to dry as a good bond is really essential here.

 

 

Step 8) Put them on your fridge, step back and admire - All done!

 

 

 

 

Step 9) More tea and chocky biscuits. Hooray!

 

 

Sorry Competition NOW CLOSED. Winner: Gilla Abrahams.


but you can always buy some from my online shop by clicking here

Why not buy a set of 4 Rock monsters?!

 
 



 

Check out my etsy shop for more of my pebble creations


This competition is listed on CrazyCompers.co.uk - UK Competitions Directory
OfferOasis.co.uk - Competitions and Freebies in the UK

94 comments:

  1. those are some very good looking monsters...I also did some rock faces craft with my summer camp kids...have a look around whenever you get a chance to....
    @ http://homekidsandcrafts.blogspot.com/

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    1. Wow you have been busy with your kid's on holidays :) I love the little plant pots - very cute!

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    2. Fundraising for Pets is helping many organizations for fundraising for animal rescues by offering attractive car magnets to people. I bought a pet car magnet from them through which I also helped the animals. To know more http://www.fundraising4pets.com

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  2. Love these! They made me smile!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad they did :)

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  3. These are totally adorable :)

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  4. What fun these are! I don't have kids but I think I'd try these anyway ;-)

    I'm visiting from Handmade Monday, thanks for sharing.

    Claire

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  5. They are totally amazing. Really simple but so, so effective. I can see we may have to make some of these with my grandchildren. I love how you've made them into something useful, too, with magnets.

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  6. They are really groovy. Almost wish the kids were young again....almost! I agree with the tea and biscuits you can't have enough!!

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  7. These look fantastic and so colourful. Would it be ok to repeat step 2 several times during this project? :-D

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    1. LOL. Oh yes, repeat as required ;)

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  8. Love these and am with soyofthenorth. Step 2 made me laugh out loud but I understood the inclusion 100%. Will be giving this a go. Thanks for the share :)

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  9. I love the colours. They make me smile just looking at them.
    Ali x

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  10. Brilliant fun idea, and they look great, especially loads of them together...I think I'd be at risk of having too many monsters and too little space on my fridge to actually post anything up with them!

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  11. oh my goodness I love this idea! I have pinned it I hope you dont mind Im gonna have to share with sister for my nephews :)

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  12. These are fab! Thanks for sharing how to make them! :) x

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  13. Thanks for all your encouragement and kind words! It's so nice to know there will be rock monster creations popping up on fridges everywhere ;)

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  14. fab ideas! i love the bright colours (and the chocolate biscuit part :)) x

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  15. Fantastic! what a great tutorial with fab pictures.
    those stoney dudes are... so cool!
    love, especially the toothy feature :)

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    1. Haha. Thanks Martha. We have good inspiration for toothy grins in our house right now as my son just lost a front tooth.

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  16. So fun! My kids would love these! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  17. Guess what I'll be doing this summer with my kids in Melbourne? Brilliant.

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    1. Yay! Rock Monsters go down under!

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  18. These turned out so very cute. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com New follower.

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    1. Thanks will check it out :)

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  19. very professional looking. I know my little boy will love these!

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  20. What an amazing idea! These are brilliant! I'm definitely going to make some. (I don't even have kids.)

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  21. What a fab idea. I love all the different shapes and expressions!

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  22. They are very cool. Lovely tutorial - ideal for the summer hols. I'm sure mine won't look as good as your though

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  23. Very cheerful little characters! Great for children during the summer hols :)

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  24. Those are great! And I think they're easy enough for me to do. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  25. these are brilliant! I love that they're so glossy - is that down to the paint you used?

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    1. Yes, it's the paint. I used Acrylic paint because we wanted a vibrant colour and a shiny finish but didn't want to varnish (Most varnish is sticky and pongy stuff - yuck!)

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  26. Aww these are just too cute! Its just the thing to liven up a work cabinet or a fridge. And you are so right- every time we hit the beach I wind up collecting a ton of stones. This at least gives me something to do with them! If you have a minute, I'd love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday - http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-17/

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  27. Great idea and thanks for the really Lear instruction. One the the grand kids I think. Hugs mrs a.

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  28. the little rock monsters rock! LOVE THEM. i would love to feature them, if this would be ok with you please let me know
    lauren

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    1. Thanks Lauren. Yes please do share :)

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  29. These little guys turned out so well! Love them and hope you don't mind if I pin them.

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    1. Thanks and yes pin away! :)

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  30. These made me smile really big!!! Thanks for sharing it. Also, very inspirational blog. I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love it if you'd stop by my little blog: dosmallthingswithlove.blogspot.com.

    Thanks again,
    Nancy

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    1. That's very kind. Thank you. I will stop by too.

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  31. I love this idea! How fun!!! My kids would LOVE this too!!!

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  32. 'Competition entry Aug 2012' Link > http://blueskydiy.blogspot.com/2012/08/hey.html

    These gave me inspiration to make in my own style! ;)

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    1. Great! Will look forward to seeing yours with a twist ;)

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  33. Those monster rocks look very professional...like they would be in a store. Please share this post on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa
    http://www.multiples-mom.com

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  34. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - - you were featured today!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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    1. Thanks Mandy for the feature. I will take a look around :)

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  35. Can you please give me the link with the ebay magnets? There are lots of tipes and I really would like the time you've got! And something else! Do you live in Cyprus? I live in Greece too! How much the transport cost for them? Thank you :)

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    1. Hello,
      These are the ones we used: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/130650120016?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D130650120016%26_rdc%3D1

      Yes we are in Cyprus :)

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  36. https://www.facebook.com/gaynor.robertson?ref=tn_tnmn 'Competition entry Aug 2012'

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  37. My sock monsters think these rocks ROCK! Added your link to my facebook fan page :)
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stufd/130054544750?ref=hl#!/pages/Stufd/130054544750

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  38. I got a little excited....
    'Competition entry Aug 2012'

    On my blog :
    http://www.stufd.net/

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  39. very very adorable...now all i have to is find some pebbles...and we don't live anywhere near a beach..:-(

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    1. Thank you! You could try a garden centre if you have one nearby perhaps? They often sell pebbles :)

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  40. this is prolly a stupid question but -- how do you make the teeth white? Is that w a pen? Paint? White out? I guess Im just not getting that part.

    TIA for any help!

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    1. Hi Jessica,
      Not a stupid question at all. The teeth were painted white with acrylic white paint and then outlined with a black pen.
      HTH. :)

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  41. Hi,
    I liked your blog and I personally invite you to join http://www.coollectors.com - The World's Free Collectors Zone.
    We will also be happy to cooperate with your blog such as adding its link to our site.
    All the best,
    Diane
    info@coollectors.com

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  43. These are super cute! I posted about them on my blog & linked it to your blog & shop, + on FB. Competition entry Aug 2012 I also pinned away:-) Can't get over these cuties. Inspirationsbyd.blogspot.com I also sent a message via FB w/ link.
    My son love these.

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  45. Hi Zoe,
    Wendy has talked to me about your site, which is very beautiful.
    My name is Stratos and I am an amateur craftsman living in Athens.
    How is life in Cyprus? Pretty hot at the moment, right?

    I really liked your post and laughed a lot with your funny monsters!
    I love making things from wood and driftwood, please have a look at my blog: http://stratis-art.blogspot.com

    Wendy suggested me to open an etsy shop.
    Do you think this is a good idea to sell items from there?
    What is your experience so far?
    Thank you for your time.

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  46. Hello Stratis,
    Thank you for popping by and for your kind comments on my blog.
    I have had a look at your driftwood pieces and they are wonderful! I especially liked the blue sailboat and the frame with the sail boat - just lovely!
    I think your creations would be very well suited to etsy. People sell from all over the world, and are aware of postage costs and times waiting for delivery.
    I haven't been selling with etsy very long at all, but all my experiences so far have been fantastic and I have had some lovely customers.
    I wish you all the best!
    Zoe.

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  47. These are cute! I feature them here on page https://www.facebook.com/JolynnsHobbyShop

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  48. OMG I love these. I'm entering the comp but I'm also going down the beach tomorrow (regardless of weather) to pick me up some nice smooth pebbles.

    Right - ebay.....

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    1. I hope the sun shines for you :)

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  49. Competition entry Aug 2012

    http://rachaelramblings.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks for the lovely write up! I hope you enjoy making them :)

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  50. Thinking about these for Halloween treats instead of candy this year. Thanks!

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  51. hahaha these are the cutest coolest things!
    xx Tanya
    http://aciddreamsandsugarhighs.blogspot.com/

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  52. Hi! Love your tutorial :) featured on my blog
    http://kidsfuncraft.wordpress.com. I hope it's o.k.
    Thank you!

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  53. Hey there! Would you mind if I used one of these images as the facebook-event-image for a monster-themed cabaret I am organizing? I will link back to this page so people can find your blog and tutorial if they are interested. Let me know what you think :) -Ander

    ps these are sooooo cute!

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    1. Yes that would be ok, thanks for asking and good luck with the cabaret! :)

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  54. hello! your work is really fantastic! I would appreciate if you could give me more information about the magnets you used....There are many types and sizes of them....
    Thank you in advance!
    Kisses from Creta...

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  55. how long does it take the paint to dry before moving to the next step. Thinking of doing this at vbs but craft time is limited. Thanks gretchengupton@gmail.com

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  56. how long does it take the paint to dry before moving to the next step. Thinking of doing this at vbs but craft time is limited. Thanks gretchengupton@gmail.com

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    1. Hello, I let the paint dry overnight.

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  58. Love these!! Are the teeth just white paint too?

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  59. Awe-inspiring blogs, I love reading your articles. custom magnets

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