A Simple Guide to Rock Painting

May 12, 2017 4 Comments

Last week our two-year old son proudly brought a headless snake into the house (it was probably a casualty from the lawn mower). I am still saying prayers of gratitude that he brought it to his dad and not me. 😉 Really this is a common occurrence, not the headless snake part, but the joy and excitement of finding things outside.  

One of our favorite treasures to hunt for is rocks. On our recent search we found a plethora of smooth stones (perfect for painting). We decided that painting them would be a fun way to add some color to our garden this year.

I will say, once we got the base color on I was left with most of the design work. Partly because my kids are a little young for acrylic paint and partly because it was getting everywhere. (Next time, we’ll do the painting part outside.) 🙂

We chose to paint bugs and a cute little saying for the garden, but there were so many different ideas to choose from.

Here are a few to get you started…

Rock Painting

Materials needed:


  1. Go on a hunt for smooth rocks. (If you can’t find any you can buy them at your local craft or dollar store.)
  2. Rinse off the dirt and let them dry.
  3. Paint whatever design you choose. You’ll probably want to apply a few coats of paint for your base color. Also, paint pens come in handy for writing and smaller details.
  4. Once they are *completely dry, cover your rocks with a layer of Mod-Podge to seal in the paint and protect the design from the rain.
  5. Put the finished product somewhere that you can enjoy it.

*hint: if you’re a busy mom and don’t have time to sit around and wait for the paint to dry. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the process. 😉

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Are you doing a garden this year?


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    May 12, 2017

    We have a little garden that bunnies won’t leave alone. I like the rock painting idea. Thanks for sharing ❤

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      May 14, 2017


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    May 22, 2017

    Your rocks turned out so cute! I’ve been wanting to do this with one of the groups of kids I work with. So much fun!

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      May 22, 2017

      Thanks Ann! I’d love to see your creative spin on them! 🙂

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