3 Stone Painting Projects

Kate Miller-Wilson
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If you're looking for a fun, affordable craft project, you can gather many of the materials for stone painting right in your front yard. Add a little spray paint, some paint markers, and some fun embellishments, and you have the makings for these adorable creatures and inspiring designs.

Math Rocks!

This is a great project to do with kids, and they can use the math rocks to make equations for years to come. Older kids can help with the spray painting, as long as they have adult supervision. Everyone can enjoy decorating the rocks with numbers.

Terra cotta markers are designed for decorating clay pots, but they work perfectly on rocks too. They are permanent and make your rocks weather-proof. However, it's a good idea to have kids wear smocks to protect their clothing, since the paint won't wash out.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 or more small to medium-sized rocks
  • White spray paint
  • Dark spray paint
  • Terra cotta paint markers, available at your craft store
  • Drop cloth
  • Trash bag or newspapers

What to Do

  1. Working in a well-ventilated area outdoors, protect your lawn or driveway with a drop cloth. Place the rocks on the drop cloth, separating them into two piles. You'll need nine rocks in one pile and three rocks in the other.
  2. Spray paint the nine rocks white and the three rocks a dark color. Allow the paint to dry on one side, and then flip them over to get the other side. Allow the rocks to dry completely.
  3. Protect your table with a trash bag or newspapers. Place the rocks on the surface, and write the numbers one through nine on the white rocks using the paint markers. Write "+", "-", and "=" on the dark rocks. Let everything dry and then enjoy playing with your new math toy.

Pebbles of Gratitude

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For this project you'll need lots of small, dark-colored stones. Smooth stones work best, since they are easiest for writing. This makes a great project for the family to do together, and it encourages everyone to focus on the positive aspects of their lives.

Things You'll Need

  • Lots of dark-colored rocks
  • White terra cotta paint marker
  • Spray varnish
  • Trash bag or newspapers

What to Do

  1. Protect your work surface with a plastic garbage bag or other disposable covering. Place your rocks on the surface with the flattest sides up.
  2. Pick up a pebble and think of something for which you're thankful. Write that thing on the rock. Repeat with all the pebbles, and allow the paint to dry.
  3. Take the stones outside and spray them liberally with spray varnish to protect your work. When they've dried, display them in a glass dish or jar so everyone can enjoy them.

Crazy Monster Stones

painted rocks

This fun craft is great for kids and adults alike. For safety's sake, adults should handle the initial step of spray-painting the stones. After that, kids can get involved and let their imaginations take over.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-sized or large rocks
  • Spray paint in fun colors
  • Terra cotta paint markers
  • Googly eyes and other embellishments
  • Glue or hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Drop cloth
  • Trash bag or newspapers

What to Do

  1. Working in a well-ventilated outdoor area covered with a drop cloth, spray paint the rocks in your choice of colors. Once one side is dry, flip them over to do the back. Allow the rocks to dry, and then bring them inside to decorate.
  2. Spread a trash bag or newspaper on your work surface and place the rocks on top of it. Use paint markers to make faces on the rocks.
  3. Use glue to attach eyes, antennae, and other elements to the rocks.
  4. Let everything dry completely before playing with your new monsters.

Express Your Creativity

Whether you choose a serious project like the gratitude pebbles or a whimsical craft like making monster stones, you'll enjoy these affordable, easy ideas. Experiment with different colors of paint and various embellishments to create one-of-a-kind designs that really allow you to express your creativity.

3 Stone Painting Projects