Trips to the beach, or even walks in the woods, can prove fruitful when hunting for and collecting pebbles to take home and use in craft projects. Alternatively, river-rock pebbles are available to buy in craft or gardening stores. As well as natural pebbles, look for the coloured glass pebbles used in many floral decorations as these add a splash of colour when mixed with natural pebbles in mosaics.
Flat river-rock pebbles are ideal to use as paperweights. Choose flat ones that won't roll around on your desktop, and decorate them any way you like. You could paint the flag of your country on them if you're feeling patriotic, or if you'd simply like something colourful and eye-catching to hold your pieces of paper in place, you could paint abstract swirls and embellish your pebble with glitter or glued-on gemstones.
Children will enjoy gluing pebbles together to make fantasy animals. Choose a large pebble as the body, then decide on other pebble sizes for the head and legs. Or make an animal that's lying down, so you don't need extra pebbles for legs. Glue the pebbles together using a glue gun, then paint them in whatever colours you'd like for your animal. Add interest by using googly eyes on the head pebble, and finish your pebble pet off with a scarf, a collar, a leash or a tail, all made from lengths of yarn.
Plant Pot Decorations
Use small, rounded pebbles to decorate and protect the top of the soil in the pots of potted plants. Arrange the pebbles in neat circles on top of the soil. If you have pebbles of more than one shade or colour, make alternating stripes of light and dark pebbles. An added advantage of dressing up potted plants in this way is that the pebbles help to keep the soil moist, which means you spend less time watering your plants, and they'll survive for longer if you happen to forget them for a day or two.
Mosaics and Sculptures
Incorporate pebbles into pathways and drives using mosaic techniques to set the pebbles into mortar. Small projects, such as stepping stones or decorative panels on a wall, add interest to garden areas, with simple abstract designs creating texture and focal points.
Make abstract sculptures for the home or garden by piling pebbles on top of each other and gluing them into place. Position the largest pebbles at the bottom, then build up the sculpture so the pebbles taper down to the smallest at the top.