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Turning pebbles into backyard monsters


Funny faces: Stones, rocks, pebbles – give them something to smile about. – Photos and video by LEE MEI LI

Funny faces: Stones, rocks, pebbles – give them something to smile about. – Photos and video by LEE MEI LI

Humanise a handful of pebbles? Why not?

LAST year, we shared a column on anthropomorphism, which refers to the attribution of human qualities to inanimate objects, animals or natural phenomena. In the world of crafts, what it basically means is that you can bring life to still life by simply giving a “face” to otherwise faceless things.

Some good examples? The Japanese are rather famous for humanising their milk cartons, bag o’chips and kitchen sponges.

The accompanying tutorial shares how you can add appeal to a handful of backyard pebbles. Turn them into scary or friendly backyard monsters with the help of googly doll’s eyes and some strategically placed foam sheet teeth.

If time is on your hands, try glazing the pebbles with bright acrylic paint to give each monster a colourful personality. Line them up on your desk, or have them guard your paper stacks.


Pebble pals

Skill level: Easy               

Time required: 10 minutes       

Stuff you’ll need: Pebbles, googly doll’s eyes, scissors, foam sheets in green and yellow, glue tape, black marker and pink Sharpie.

1. Remove the seals from the back of the doll’s eyes and glue them onto the pebbles. Arrange them in monster fashion: each monster can have multiple eyes, or it can look like the one-eyed Cyclops.

2. Use a black marker to draw on the lips.

3. Roll glue tape onto a small area of each foam sheet. Cut small “teeth” out from this part and smooth them onto the pebbles.

4. Draw on eyebrows, eyelashes and add a pop of pink Sharpie blush.

Lee Mei Li

Lee Mei Li

Lee Mei Li gets her crafty inspirations from making ‘amigurumi’, a type of Japanese crochet doll. Meet her woven whimsies at www.amiguruMEI.com.

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