Why paint rocks?
Painted rocks make great seasonal decor that can be displayed indoors or out. Display them on your coffee table or outdoors on your front porch. And, it's not a lifetime commitment. If you don't like the outcome, repaint the rock. Give it another go or find another rock more suitable.
So the duck pond with the mom and dad duck and their ducklings? Okay, my mom made that one. The girls helped with the pumpkins and the turtles. Sure, they're not perfect, but they are super cute.
What you need
- Smooth rocks in all sorts of unique sizes and shapes. Always be on the hunt for rocks that can take on the shape of your next project!
- Paint - both acrylic and spray paint.
- Some type of sealer varnish, an indoor/exterior spray enamel with a gloss finish. Rust-Oleum works well.
- Instant glue.
- Black Sharpie marker.
- Your imagination!
Decide what you want to create/replicate
I'm also thinking a hamburger with cute little rock pickles, tomato and onion would be sweet to make. Not to mention the little rock bun and burger itself. What would you make?
Simple step-by-step instructions
2.) Use either spray paint or acrylic paint on your rocks. Adults might prefer several coats of spray paint. Kids might enjoy hand painting using brushes with acrylics. It may take a few coats to truly coat the rock. Perhaps three coats? Let rocks dry in between coats. Make sure you paint your rocks on newspaper, especially when kids are involved and preferably outside for ventilation.
4.) Coat well with a sealant. Not only will this give your rock art a slightly shiny appearance, but more importantly, it will prevent the paint from washing off. This is particularly true if you plan on leaving your rock art outside where it is exposed to the elements. Weather is rough so treat your rock art right!
5.) If your rock art is an animal such as a turtle or duck, you'll need a black Sharpie marker to add the eyes.
That's it! How easy and fun.
One last super helpful tip....
Keep looking for rocks until you find ones with the right shape that seem like they fit together, puzzle style to your bigger rock. You don' t want to keep gluing turtle feet back on! Seek a natural seal between the rocks and you should be good-to-go.
Kids love painted rocks!
And it's funny watching kids play with the ducks in the duck pond. They just love moving those ducks around in a dirt-cheap Playmobil kind of way and it's interesting to watch them. The 8 ducklings get maneuvered around their sparkling blue pond as it rests on the coffee table. Lots of singing is involved!
Just a little thought....
And this Fall, I've really been enjoying my "rock" pumpkins adorning my "real" pumpkins on my small front porch. Mix together, they look great and are all natural materials.