How to Make a Picture Pebble

This fun and easy craft can be fun for kids to make and give!


  1. Image titled Get a transparent glass pebble Step 1
    Get a transparent glass "pebble" or "gem". These are blobs of glass flat on one side and curved on the other, often sold for houseplant decorating and floral arranging. Some are pretty big, up to two inches wide. Bigger is better, within reason.
  2. Image titled Get a photo a section Step 2
    Get a photo a section of which can be cut out to be seen through the pebble. A small print from a digital photo is perfect. Don't use an old, big or otherwise hard to replace photo!
  3. Image titled Lay the glass pebble on the photo Step 3
    Lay the glass pebble on the photo, flat side down, to see that it fits over a part you'd like to use for this craft. For instance, a friend's face.
  4. Image titled Trace around the pebble Step 4
    Trace around the pebble and cut out the picture. Cut inside the line, so the picture will not stick out past the edge of the pebble.
  5. Image titled Look at the magnified picture Step 5
    Before you glue your picture on, look at the picture. When you look in it it's magnified.
  6. Image titled Put a pea sized blob of glue Step 6
    Put a pea-sized blob of glue that dries clear on the flat side of the pebble. Use a glue that dries clear, such as Elmer's (which is nontoxic, too), or silicone (which is stronger and dries faster).
  7. Image titled Put the picture face down Step 7
    Put the picture face-down on top of the pebble and press down. Squeeze the glue out thin. The glue will spread on the whole picture.
  8. Image titled Turn over the pebble Step 8
    Turn over the pebble so its weight is on the picture.
  9. Image titled Put the pebble on a surface Step 9
    Put the pebble on a surface it won't stick to so that it can dry. A ceramic plate would be good. Let it dry for a few days. If it looks milky, it's not dry.
  10. Image titled ENJOY! Step 10
    Say voila! One magnified picture pebble. ENJOY!


  • You can glue a magnet (or put magnet tape) on the back of these. That's best done with small ones, because they are lighter and relatively stronger so they will be less likely to break when they fall from the refrigerator.
  • Use as much glue as you need for gluing the picture. Let it ooze out, but don't get it over the front of the magnets. Scrape off the excess carefully when dry.


  • Pebbles might be swallowed by kids UNDER the age of 3.
  • Keep the glue away from kids BELOW the age of 3.
  • Be careful with scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear pebbles (Floral section in stores)
  • Pictures (Magazines, Hand drawn,Scrapbook paper)
  • Any glue that dries clear (eg. Elmer's)Even glue that is already clear will work too! or clear silicone adhesive (Hardware section)
  • A 1/2" hole puncher
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Magnets (optional)

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Categories: Glass and Stained Glass Projects | Photography