A few months ago D and I went to Southsea beach and collected pebbles, we painted them and I gave them at a nautical themed hen night. The bride actually used them as decoration at her homely wedding which was an unexpected surprise!
The key is to use acrylic paints, I went into my local craft shop and bought a mixed set and some cheap paint brushes.
To get the bolder colours use a base coat of white acrylic paint.
Make sure each layer has dried before you put on more paint.
Once they have dried, you can write words or quotes with permanent marker.
We varnished them with a non-yellowing varnish from a local DIY store
Here are some pictures of the finished product at the hen night…
… and again at the wedding!