If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you may be familiar with the latest DIY craze – painting rocks. Who knew?!
Before we look at some examples, there are a few things you need to know.
Do I need special rocks?
Any old rock will do! However, if you plan to paint or draw on your rocks, it’s a lot easier if the surface is smooth. Also, if you’re not going to paint a colored base coat on your rocks, look for rocks that naturally come in different colors. From black to white and every shade of gray in between, you can find quite a variety if you just look.
Where do I find rocks?
The nice thing about a rock project is that you can find them anywhere. If you’re looking for smooth stones for painting, try areas with water – a beach, river bed, creek bed. And, of course, there’s always the big-box garden centers where they are sold in bags! (Heads up – If you’re in a state or national park, make sure you check out their policies for taking rocks home with you.)
How do I prepare my rocks?
All they need is a good rinse, then let them air dry completely.
Do I need to spend a lot of money on materials?
No! You may even have everything you need at home. Here’s a basic list:
Acrylic craft paint (about $1 per color)
Paint brushes (make sure you clean your brushes with water before they dry, because acrylic dries hard!)
Paint pens or markers (the permanent kind is better)
Acrylic varnish (spray or liquid) – Apply a couple coats on your finished rocks if you want them to be shiny or if you plan to keep them outside.
Now that you have everything you need, let’s take a look at some super fun projects with rocks!
Rock Cactus “Bouquets”
When I first saw this idea, I couldn’t wait to make my own. You see, I have a black thumb. As much as I love plants and have tried numerous times to love and care for them, they don’t seem to like me. I know that I could manage a rock cactus garden! And wouldn’t these make great Mother’s Day or get well gifts? Maybe a housewarming or office anniversary gift?
Wouldn’t it be great to have a whole bowl of rocks with positive messages on them that you could just grab when the perfect opportunity came up? Or how about giving your friends a personalized good-luck charm from you? You might know someone who needs encouragement, and there is something soothing about holding a smooth rock in your hand.
These are so much CUTER than a sign on a stick! And they won’t blow over in the wind and rain. You can even make small versions for your herb pot. (Speaking of rain, since acrylic paint is water-based, you’ll need to add at least 2 coats of varnish to your finished rocks to make sure that artwork lasts!)
Glue a small magnet to the back of a decorated rock, and you have instant frig décor! Add kids’ names to each rock to hold their individual artwork. And don’t forget to make a set for Grandma and Grandpa!
Rocks make great game pieces. Here you see examples of dominos and tic-tac-toe. Add a small bag and some sidewalk chalk, and send the kids out to play. Nothing to lose, nothing to break.
So take a drive...take a walk...get some fresh air...collect some rocks...