Painting Rocks

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Their unique shape, size, and texture make rocks an excellent canvas for the artist, child or adult, to create beautiful and delightful bugs, scenery, or just colored rocks. This is a page about painting rocks.


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My son had to make painted rocks for a project in his high school art class this year. He chose to do a design that incorporated 3 rocks. I am in love with these cherry blossom rocks and am so glad that he let me display them in the yard!

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Our kids were looking for Christmas present ideas for their grandparents last year and I wanted them to make homemade gifts. We have a never ending supply of large rocks in our yard so we went hunting for flat ones to paint on. We purchased acrylic paints at the craft store and let them paint designs on the rocks.


Once the paintings were dry, we sprayed them with a few layers of clear coat. These rocks can be used for so many things: door stops, paperweights, yard art, etc.. These gifts are personal and can be enjoyed for many years to come.

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I always get a smile on my face when I see these around the house, their big painted on smiles and google eyes are so adorable. I get all my supplies except for the rocks at Walmart.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes to paint plus drying time




  1. Wash and dry rock. It if is not dry, let it sit until it is dry.
  2. Paint rock with paint brush and let dry.
  3. When paint is dry, paint any other colors you want on the rock. Let dry.
  4. Glue googly eyes on rock with a generous dollop of glue. I like to put them on the top.
  5. You can spray with clearcoat type spray if desired.

Note: These are just as charming with just the washed rock and the google eyes on them at the top, but the kids seem to love to paint!

By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN

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This is a project kids love to do - make rock critters for the garden or for indoor plants. For indoor plants, select some rocks (or gravel) of round or oblong shapes.


Then the kids paint them, and add eyes and features.

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July 14, 2008

Find a rock that you would like to paint on. Wash it in warm soapy waster and let dry. Use acrylic paints to paint your rock. Let dry completely! Lastly, use acrylic finish spray to seal and weather proof your project.

Rock painted to look like ladybug.

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September 1, 2009

A number of years ago I found (possibly on this site) how to craft a strawberry. My daughter and I had some paint, found a huge rock, took our time and fashioned our very own strawberry.


It still sits in my front yard today.

Painted Strawberry Rock

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November 13, 2004

These are a great cheap gift for a budding poet. First you need between twelve and twenty five flat smooth rocks. Now with a paint marker or a permanent maker write words to inspire that budding poet. A quick list of words to use would be:

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I live in Arbutus, MD. We have a group of, I don't know how many, people painting rocks and placing them everywhere, schools, stores, the library, in people's yards, or in front of mail boxes. The mail box at my building is going to get the big one as I'm not strong enough to tote it somewhere.

Creating Painted Rocks  - orange rock with a dark leafless tree

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My daughter loves to paint. So I put her to work! I bought a bag of larger river rocks at the Dollar Tree. She painted them in different designs.


After they dried I sprayed them with a clear sealer spray. I put a few in all of my potted plants as decoration.

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July 6, 2009

Anyone out there with ideas for painting rocks for the garden? I am not a artist, but well blessed with rocks.

By kit from Grande Prairie, AB


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It all depends on exactly what kind of look you are going for. But basically you need to know one very important thing & that's that you need to use a UV safe paint or your work can fade drastically within a year or so. If you're using house paints be sure they're made for outdoors. If you're using acrylic craft paints they should say "garden" on them or "UV safe"... If you've already painted something it pays to buy a can of clear UV protectant to spray or brush on over the artwork. Long ago I didn't know about this & had a beautiful dark purple fade to an ugly shade of dull white.

As far as actual ideas of exactly WHAT to paint on the rocks, you need to remember one thing & that's that the rocks will be seen from quite a distance away, so delicate flowers & tiny details aren't usually the best idea.You need something big & bold. I thing in a garden solid colors work best or a solid color sprinkled with speckles also looks cool.

If you're going for actual "art" rocks with details like flowers & animals you can paint all kinds of things! It's best to start by cleaning them with dish soap & water with a toothbrush or scrub brush of some kind then be sure to paint a base of outdoor high-adheasive primer (Like Zinsser 1-2-3). Some people like to paint the rock to camouflage it into something else. For example you can take an oval shaped rock & paint it to look exactly like a big ladybug. I taught painting classes for years & had a student recently write me that she'd sold her house & bought a motorhome & was now traveling around the U.S. & living on BLM land & painting rocks for fun & profit. She said she was grateful for my painting classes because she now has the confidence to paint her little detailed rocks & is having the time of her life!

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I found this pizza slice shaped rock in the backyard and of course I couldn't resist. I brought it in, I cleaned it, and wrote a pizza crust recipe on it. I put clear tape over the top and now I have a recipe that won't blow away. It will be cute to put in a little basket with some more recipes as soon as I find more unusual rocks, such as a perfectly round one for pancakes. I didn't spray clear coat on there because it smears the Sharpie pen.

I love being creative. This is an early Christmas present for me. I will get a small basket at the dollar store and waterproof the bottom for the kitchen somehow, then keep them there.

By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN

A rock painted with a recipe.

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This is a rock i found outside my house, its a great shape. I just used ordinary craft paint, using a scruffy brush is the best and my finger for blending. When done painting spray it with Krylon crystal clear coating, it will last forever. No pattern was used, just imagination.

By Judy Barr from Lanark, Ontario. Canada

Rock painted with three snowmen.

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April 5, 2017

Pull out that container of pretty rocks you have collected over time or go for a hike and pick up a few. Add an inspirational message with a permanent pen and give them as gifts and keep some for yourself.

Inspirational Rocks - rocks with sayings

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December 6, 2016

This is a page about making colorful garden pebble paperweights. Garden stones with pleasing shapes can be painted with seasonal motifs to make pretty, useful paperweights.

finished paperweight

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October 12, 2018

Decorative stones are quite popular these days. Have you found any on your walks? Create these durable seasonal decorations easily with found stones and some craft paint. This is a page about making decorative Halloween stones.

Decorative Halloween Stones - finished stones, note eyes and mouth on mummy

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September 17, 2018

Use either a large stone or even a slab of concrete to create a unique welcome sign for your garden or drive, incorporating your last name into the design. This is a page about how to paint a last name yard rock.

Cement piece with name painted on.

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May 3, 2017

Select rocks of various shapes and sizes. Paint them to create your own unique village to decorate your garden or home. This is a page about paint a village of rocks.

A collection of rocks painted to look like village buildings, overlooking the sea.

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August 7, 2008

These are some recycling crafts that we saw last weekend at a festival. The pictures aren't the best, but they were very nice.

Rocks painted to look like a snake.

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I like to collect small stones, the size of maybe two inches in diameter, and paint them with fingernail polish first and then puffy paint.

Small rock decorated to look like a cupcake.

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My daughter wanted to show her rock craft to the ThriftyFun family. It is one of my favorite things that she did with puffy paint.

Painted Rocks - the heart shaped front of the rock, painted with puffy paints.

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