How to Make Inspirational 'Stones'

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Here's an easy way to make inspirational 'stones'.

To make them, you'll need:

  • Flat 20mm (or about 3/4") marbles--colored might work, but clear seems the best choice
  • Inspirational words printed on regular old printer paper in an appropriate-sized font
  • 3/4" paper punch, optional but it makes things MUCH easier
  • Modge Podge & small paint brush

First punch (or cut) your words from the paper. 

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Brush a coat of Modge Podge on the flat bottoms of the marbles.

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Fix the circles to the bottoms of the marbles--words up, of course. The Podge will leak out the sides a bit, but that's good. That way you can push the sides of the paper up the curved sides of the marble to make sure it's stuck well.

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After they've dried completely, put another coat  or two of Podge over the backside of the circles. Wipe off any dried glue on the top or sides of the marble with a damp cloth or paper towel.

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I think these would look lovely scattered on tables at a wedding dinner or reception. Besides 'love', of course, other good words for such an occasion might be 'friends' and 'family'. The guests could take them as favors at the end of the event. An alternative way to display your inspirational stones would be to glue magnets on the back and put them on the refrigerator.

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Ste on Dec 04, 2016:

Nice idea. I gave these a try. If I were to do it again, I would take it a step further and use the see-through clear address labels to print the words.

Jody on Apr 18, 2014:

I love this idea! I will make them and include the inspiring words "love", "wish" and "dream" and insert them in little thank you favor boxes for my son's beach wedding. I'm putting together "Welcome to our Wedding Weekend" gift bags for our guests. Thank you! Just what I was looking for!!!

Anonymous on Sep 22, 2013:

Can I hire someone to do this for me?

DIY Maven on May 10, 2011:

betsy! That story fills my heart with joy! She's very lucky her friend's mom is so crafty and resourceful. ;)

betsy on May 09, 2011:

Mothers Day Lifesaver...my daughter's friend came to me on the afternoon of mothers day (her mom worked all day) with NO present (boo hoo!!!) asking for ideas...We had about an hour and after running thru the usual ideas (flowers, a card, etc...) I lightbulbed on my recollection of this post!

I had a bunch of these glass marbles so we picked 12 (one for each year of her age) and she wrote down 12 words to describe her mom...we had to shrink the fonts for words like "generous", "helpful" and the like...BUT, the craft was easy for the girls and we put all the little gems in a small box I had leftover from buying earrings, wrapped it with a simple satin ribbon and she felt great.  Thanks for your posts Maven...they're inspiring, fun and gosh darn easy!



DIY Maven on Feb 06, 2009:

Easy to make to!

urbanmom on Feb 06, 2009:

I love this idea!!

DIY Maven on Dec 30, 2008:

I'm so glad you like them!! And congratulations on the upcoming nuptials!!!!

artemisia on Dec 28, 2008:

Awesome! Thank you!! I am getting married soon, and was growing increasingly bored with the
"cookie-cutter" type wedding favours out there on the market. I love this idea, as it fits into the style I already was envisioning for table themes: love, honor, cherish, laugh, etc. Besides, its a beach wedding!

I will be making these for sure!!

God bless!

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