20 Reasons to Paint Rocks (yes, really!) part 1

I have to admit, I was a little sceptical of painting rocks as a craft, but Pickle really enjoyed it and actually so did I (it’s very calming)!  I tried to get Chops involved too, but he was far more keen on sucking paint off the brush than using it to paint with…

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To paint rocks, you will need:

Acrylic paints for beginners

COST: under £1
AGE: 2+
TIME: 20 mins + drying time

If you need a bit more convincing, here are the first 10 of my top 20 reasons to give rock painting a try (I’ll post another 10 next week)…

20 reasons to paint rocks 1

1.    Chalkboard painted rocks

Bernadette at B3 Home Designs saw these at Pottery Barn and thought “I can do that!”, so she did.  And here’s her how-to.

Chalkboard Rocks

 

2.   A family of ladybird rocks

Dionne at Passengers on a Little Spaceship painted this sweet family of ladybirds for her garden.  Chops would love these!

Painted Stone Ladybirds

 

3.  Love rocks

Emily at Red Bird Crafts made these beautiful love rocks (such a great idea for Valentine’s, or for kids to keep in their pocket on the first day of school – every time they feel the rock, they remember how much they are loved)

Here’s my (rather less beautiful!) attempt…

painted love rock

4.   One-of-a-kind Paperweight

I found this beautiful paperweight on Geninne’s Art Blog – I especially love the colours she has used.  I would love to receive this as a gift.

Night Sky Paperweight

 

5.   A garden game of tic tac toe

Sam at thrive360living made this outdoor game of tic tac toe for her neighbour’s kids.  What a genius idea!

Garden Tic Tac Toe Stone Rock Painted

 

6.   Alphabet stones

Karyn at Teach Beside Me painted these fun alphabet rocks.  If you had time (and flat stones/pebbles), you could do upper case on one side and lower case on the other…

Alphabet Stones

 

7.   Stone strawberries

Lee Wismer painted these lovely stone strawberries which look almost good enough to eat (they teach birds not to eat your real fruit!) and wrote this step-by-step how-to guide, so you can too!

Strawberry Rocks How-To

 

8.   Pebble magnet rock monsters

Zoe at Coast made these adorable magnet rock monsters and even posted an easy-to-follow tutorial.
I especially love the part about biscuits…

rock monsters pebble magnets

 

9.   An outdoor scavenger hunt for painted rocks

Ness at One Perfect Day set up a garden scavenger hunt for her little boy using their painted rocks.  What a fabulous idea!
For older children you could paint arrows or other clues onto the rocks and set up a woodland trail with some (chocolate?) treasure for them to find at the end.

A Garden Treasure Hunt with Painted Rocks

 

10.  Painted rock (stone) bookends/doorstop if youre feeling ambitious!

Here’s some inspiration for painted rock bookends – a cuddly owl family (Carriveau on Etsy)

Owl Family Rock Bookend - Etsy

And inspiration for a painted rock doorstop – a curled-up tabby cat  (Hilary Nash on Folksy)

Tabby Cat Doorstop - Folksy

 

Do you want to paint rocks yet?  Well, do you..?

Check back next week for part 2 (or even better, leave me a comment and subscribe to Hodge Podge)!

 

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