DIY Story Stones

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By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

DIY Story Stones. Easy and beautiful DIY toys. Tutorial at

Have you guys ever seen a set of story stones? I ran across some a few weeks ago and knew I had to make some for my son. I love toys that allow endless possibilities for playing and imagination, and these do just that. Throw in how personal and fun they are, and we have a winner!

Here’s the scoop:

You will need:

smooth stones

acrylic paint 


some type of varnish or acrylic sealer


What to do:


1. Find stones that are smooth and large enough to paint a picture on. If you don’t have any that work laying around outside, you can always buy some.


2. Clean your stones. I used a baby wipe to get the dirt off. Let them dry completely before painting.


3. Using a pencil, lightly draw your picture on the stone. It is much easier to draw and wipe off mistakes than to mess up when you’re painting, I know from experience!

Painted Stones

4. Paint the silhouette of the picture using white paint. This step is not a must, but your colors will be much more vibrant and true if they have a white backdrop.

DIY Story Stones. Tutorial at

5. Once the white silhouette is dry, start painting your pictures. Choose things that are special for your child, and try to think about what pictures would make the best stories. And if you’re like me, think of things that are easy to draw! Older kids would love making their own story stones, so involve them too.

Beautifully Simple DIY toy- Story Stones from

6. Once the paint is completely dry, use an acrylic sealer or varnish to seal the rocks and paint. This will make them last much longer.

DIY Story Stones for imaginative play. Tutorial at

My son absolutely loves his story stones, and I love that he has another outlet for playing and using his imagination. Have fun!

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About erin

My name is Erin Lund and I share ideas and inspiration over at Lovesome (link: I live in Seattle, Washington with my husband and toddler-son, and have grown to love the rain, it gives me extra time inside for crafting and creating! As a preschool-teacher-turned-mother I love coming up with kid-friendly crafts, as well as pretty little projects for myself that make life a little more fun.

6 thoughts on “DIY Story Stones

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  2. Mary

    What a very clever idea. Wish I knew what interests our grandchildren. This will be added to my crafts as I enjoy doing things like this. Several children at church would benefit from these. A neat way to learn Bible verses. Thank you for sharing. There’s a box of stones in the basement that were our daughters when younger, naturally I kept them. Gonna check them out.

  3. Judy

    What a novel idea! Would be cute to have each child from a group create one stone then have the entire group participate in a story.

  4. Jan

    I teach a senior art /crafts at my church…..thinkig about offering to them or maybe parents/grandparents and kids class…….

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