Painting Rocks

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June 28, 2017

Painted Rocks in the Garden - three black painted rocks that combine to make a tree with cherry bloomsMy 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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June 8, 2012

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.

Flying Dog Painted Rock

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August 2, 2011

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.

Red Pet Rock with google eyes

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February 7, 2011

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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October 9, 2019

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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October 16, 2008

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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January 28, 2010

This is a painting I did on a stone of a local shop, using acrylic paint.

A rock painted to resemble a building.

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July 13, 2010

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.

A rock painted with a recipe.

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January 17, 2007

Snowmen Painted Rock. 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.

Rock painted with three snowmen.

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May 1, 2018

Walking through a garden taking photos, I came upon this rock garden and this smiling rock caught my eye. Definitely made my day. Must be nice to be a rock!

Garden of Smiles - Painted Rock

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