30 Painting Stones Ideas

Whether you’re hoping to create some simple, cost effective decor for your home or just hoping for fun crafts to do with your kids, these painting stones ideas are awesome options. They’re also easy to do!

As long as you can access to good all-surface painted, some paint brushes, and a stone that you like the look of, you’re pretty much set! The only thing left to get is a little inspiration. Check out these 30 painting stones ideas that will have you digging for brushes and setting decorative stones on every spare window sill and mantle piece!

1. How To Paint Mandalas On Rocks by Color Made Happy

Mandalas are called patterns of the universe. These painted rocks made with acrylic paint pens and white paint pens are great gifts and decor to inspire a sense of peace in our daily environments.

How To Paint Mandalas On Rocks by Color Made Happy

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2. Hot Coffee Easy Rock Painting Ideas by Paint Happy Rocks

Looking for something a little bit steamy in your rock painting ideas?  This hot coffee painted rock delivers for sending a sweet message, and it’s a fun to make gifts for coffee lovers!  The simple lines and sassy message is sure to be a hit for any friend.

Hot Coffee Easy Rock Painting Ideas by Paint Happy Rocks

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3. How To Paint Rocks by Shrimp Salad Circus

Need creative ways to use affirmations and reminders? Paint your favorite quotes on rocks with white paint pens over colors and use them as daily dose of inspiration.

How To Paint Rocks by Shrimp Salad Circus

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4. Ladybug Painted Rocks by Crafts By Amanda

Learn to make these adorable ladybug painted rocks. Use special outdoor paint for this adorable garden craft so you can keep garden ladybugs all summer!

Ladybug Painted Rocks by Crafts By Amanda

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5. Around The Christmas Tree Painted Rocks by Deco Art

Christmas is such a magical time of year filled with joy and creativity! These Christmas rock art would also make great stocking stuffers and gift box toppers!

Around The Christmas Tree Painted Rocks by Deco Art

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6. Watermelon Painted Rocks by Mum In The Mad House

Here is an easy and fun painted rock idea for summer, bright and colorful watermelon rocks.  Paint your own rocks and hide them for other people to find.  Make one or two or more with the kids for a fun outdoor activity for all ages.

Watermelon Painted Rocks by Mum In The Mad House

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7. Flower Painted Rocks by Sustain My Craft Habit

Capture the beauty of your favorite floral on a set of flower painted rocks and bring touches of color and cheer to your home and garden. These zinnia inspired rocks have the perfect amount of color and cheer for us to enjoy!

Flower Painted Rocks by Sustain My Craft Habit

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8. Cute Rock Fish Craft by Hello Wonderful

This cute Rock Fish Craft is a fun rock painting summer art project for kids. Simply lay out paints, markers and rocks and see what they can come up with.

Cute Rock Fish Craft by Hello Wonderful

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9. Gold Leaf Painted Rocks by Country Hill Cottage

Shiny DIY gold leaf painted rocks are very easy to make and a lovely pebble art idea. This quick and simple 15 minutes rock painting tutorial includes step by step instructions, tips for supplies and is excellent for beginners. The nature-inspired leaf design is beautiful fall decor and a pretty handmade craft idea to gift or sell.

Gold Leaf Painted Rocks by Country Hill Cottage

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10. Painted Rock Cactus by El Nido

Even green thumbs can kill plants. This cute cactus garden made of painted rocks using green paint and white paint pens will thrive in any conditions!

Painted Rock Cactus by El Nido

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11. Painted Rock Easter Egg Craft by Happy Hooligans

Painted rock Easter eggs are fun and easy to make. It’s a great Easter craft for kids of all ages, and adults will enjoy it too. With a little paint and a few dots and squiggles, you can transform an ordinary rock into an “Easter Egg” that can almost pass for the real thing.

Painted Rock Easter Egg Craft by Happy Hooligans

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12. Hedgehog Painted Rocks by Easy Peasy Fun

This time around we’re making cute hedgehog painted rock art! We love stone painting and we love hedgehogs so these cute fellows are a must.

Hedgehog Painted Rocks by Easy Peasy Fun

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13. LEGO Painted Rocks by Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Looking for rock painting ideas? How about painting rocks with the faces of your favorite LEGO® minifigures! This is such a fun project for kids of all ages. This activity will be perfect for an art class, a LEGO® birthday party, or a rainy day. It’s so fun to make the rocks match your favorite minifigures!

LEGO Painted Rocks by Frugal Fun 4 Boys

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14. Shark Painted Stones by Sustain My Craft Habit

Hop on the rock painting trend and have some toothy fun with these shark painted stones. Follow this simple step-by-step tutorial for how to paint rocks which includes suggestions for what paint to use on rocks.

Shark Painted Stones by Sustain My Craft Habit

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15. Strawberry Painted Rocks by Crafts By Amanda

Make your own set of strawberry painted rocks. Great for the garden, in a dish on the coffee table, or to share with friends! Have you ever tried rock painting? If so, you know how enjoyable it is to paint on earth’s natural canvas. And if not, these strawberry painted rocks are a great place to start! 

Strawberry Painted Rocks by Crafts By Amanda

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16. Christmas Light Painted Stones by Twitchetts

This Christmas lights rock art is easy, fun, and a perfect painted rock to give as a gift or hide in your nearest park.

Christmas Light Painted Stones by Twitchetts

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17. Painted Inspiration Stones by Mark Montano

Inspired by ancient Mexican pottery, these stones definitely give you bright and cheery feeling. And there is no limit to use of different shades. Paint all the flowers with different colors as long as it makes you happy. Your rock garden will look more beautiful with this little pebbles.

Painted Inspiration Stones by Mark Montano

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18. Easy Galaxy Rocks by Simple Crafty Fun

The best thing about these easy galaxy rocks is they look pretty and really anyone can make them. You can add messages on top as well with white or light blue paint. The key to making the galaxy is to have a variety of colors to add depth to the look of the rocks. They don’t have to look perfect and you can really make them your own way!

Easy Galaxy Rocks by Simple Crafty Fun

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19. Hand Painted Rocks by Make & Do Crew

Hand painted rocks are a super budget-friendly craft for kids and adults. Plus they make fun potted plant or garden “accessories!”

Hand Painted Rocks by Make & Do Crew

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20. Painted Rock People by Color Made Happy

What a heart warming gift and decor idea here with painted rock people and animal glued onto a wood slice! This makes me want to gather lots of pebbles and river rocks, and paint all my friends and family members! 

Painted Rock People by Color Made Happy

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21. Rainbow Stacking Stones by Parents

These colourful stacking stones are fun to make and play with. But they’ll also help preschoolers develop a variety of skills and the rainbow colours are perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, spring or Pride.

Rainbow Stacking Stones by Parents

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22. How To Draw Mermaid Scales On Painted Rocks by Projects With Kids

Learning how to draw mermaid scales on painted rocks is such a fun rock painting activity that kids and tweens will love to do! These rocks would be a perfect craft for a mermaid or ocean themed birthday party or summer camp.

They would also make a great kid-made gift for family and friends and would look lovely in a garden. Or you could hide some of your mermaid rocks outside for people to find, which is always fun!

How To Draw Mermaid Scales On Painted Rocks by Projects With Kids

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23. Bee Painted Rocks by Easy Peasy And Fun

Ready to go rock hunting? Why not leave some rocks of your own while you are at it. Grab the yellow and black paints to make these stripes bumble bees!

Bee Painted Rocks by Easy Peasy And Fun

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24. Painted Rock Photo Holders by One Little Project

This one is great for the kiddos to do with very little help from anyone! Paint the rocks solid colors or mix it up with patterns. You could even just keep them unpainted for a more rustic feel. These little photo holders would be such a cute gift for dad or Grandpa for Father’s day. Wouldn’t they look adorable sitting on an office desk?

Painted Rock Photo Holders by One Little Project

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25. Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art by Arty Crafty Kids

As we all know, children certainly know how to mix colors and this simple Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art project is a fun way for children to explore colour combinations, with an opportunity to use natural materials as their canvas.

As well as creating a piece of abstract art inspired by a famous artist, these rocks present endless creative play possibilities. Kids can use them as color charts; to create patterns and mandala art; they could be offered as gifts to friends and family or simply left on the beach as a gift to a stranger.

Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art by Arty Crafty Kids

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26. Garden Rocks In Drawstring Bag by The Craft Train

These garden rocks make a great DIY toy which kids can incorporate into games and imaginative play, and the drawstring bag is an easy way to store them and keep them all together. 

Garden Rocks In Drawstring Bag by The Craft Train

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27. Rock Town Painted Village by Deco Art

How about painting a whole town to decorate your garden with? Show off your rock painting skills by creating an entire village!

Rock Town Painted Village by Deco Art

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28. Magical Landscape Silhouette Painted Rocks by Adventure In A Box

Decorate rocks with elegant landscape silhouettes drawn over a starry twilight sky! The idea is to gather rocks, decorate them in a creative way, then hide them in nature.

Magical Landscape Silhouette Painted Rocks by Adventure In A Box

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29. Sheep Painted Rocks by Crafts By Amanda

Create these adorable sheep painted rocks using paint pens, smooth rocks, and a little bit of regular paint! Great as an Easter activity or for painting your favorite farm animal.

Sheep Painted Rocks by Crafts By Amanda

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30. Painted Stones Used As Paperweights

These beautifully painted stones have been re-purposed into paperweights, perfect for the office! We can’t wait to try them! Give it a go yourself and we’re sure you will be glad that you did.

Painted Stones Used A Paperweights

What You Will Need

To get started on this gem of a project, you will need the following materials:

  • Stones – any size or weight that suits you
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Nail polish in various colors – try to use nail polish which has been opened recently, it works much better than older colors.
  • A bowl
  • Toothpicks

Note: If you can’t find stones in your backyard, take a trip down to your local park, river or lake and you should find some beauties there.

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How To Create Painted Stones

To start with, clean your stone thoroughly and make sure there is no dirt left on it, then allow it dry completely.

Next, you will need to paint your stone with the white paint. Allow the first coat the dry, then paint on a second coat and allow that to dry. If the stone you have picked has a white base, then you can skip this step.

Make sure that your bowl is deep enough to be able to submerge your stone completely. Now fill this bowl with cold water. Again, make sure you have enough water in there to cover the stone.

Now you can add the nail polish colors into the water. You will need to add one color at a time. Place a drop of your first color in the center of the water. The color will spread out, then you add the second color in the center of the first color. This will create a sort of ripple effect. It reminds me of Pocahontas, when Grandmother Willow dips her branch into the water and the water ripples like magic.

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Repeat this process until you have added all of your desired colors. Work quickly with this step as the nail polish will harden if it is sitting there for too long.

Use your toothpick to create a marbled pattern in the nail polish. Again, make sure to this quickly so that the nail polish doesn’t harden.

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Once you have created your marbled design, dip your white stone into the center of the nail polish. Make sure you submerge the stone completely, and then slowly remove it from the water.

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Finishing Off

Leave the stone to dry completely and you are done! If you want to create a long lasting effect, you can coat the newly painted stone in varnish. Even giving it a quick spray with hairspray will allow the colors to last longer.

Now you can use this beautifully painted stone as a paperweight to add a touch of color and elegance to your office.

Painted Stones Used A Paperweights

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IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT PAINTED STONES ARE TRENDING. THEY’RE A LITTLE PIECE OF ART THAT ANYONE CAN MAKE.

If you end up making something from this list, don’t hesitate to share photo with us on our Facebook Page.

If you’d like some more craft projects that are satisfying for both kids and adults, check out these ideas: 54 Popsicle Stick Craft projects, 35 fun Pipe Cleaner Crafts,  32 Easy Plastic Bottle Crafts, and 38 Egg Carton Crafts.

Scoop up some basic supplies and unleash your inner artist with these best painted stone ideas, from easy, kid-friendly patterns to marbled marvels any grown-up would love!

 

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