30+ Rock painting ideas for your inspiration

painted rocks DIY projects

An extensive list of beautifully painted rocks

There’s something special about rocks and stones.

We have a habit of picking up a beautiful little rock from each place we visit. Even if we don’t paint them all, we at least write the name of the place where they are from.

But painting rocks is good for your soul too.  It is a relatively easy craft (unless you choose a complicated design) and can relieve stress like any other DIY or craft project. Plus, kids love to participate in this kind of crafts too!


painted rocks DIY projects

If you feel like you are not that great at coming up with a perfect design to paint your favorite rock, don’t worry, all of us have a creative block sometimes.

I’m here to help you and made this super fun list to inspire your next rock painting project. 


Basics on how to paint on rocks

So like any other natural piece you pick up from nature, you need some preparation to make sure your project will live a long life.

I love to work with driftwood, shells, and rocks. But each material is different and needs different care and paint.

Here are the basic steps you want to follow to make sure your painted rocks last for a long time. 

  1. Wash rocks with soap and water and scrub with a brush too.
  2. Let it dry completely.
  3. Paint the rock with acrylic primer.
  4. Paint your design with acrylic paint and/or pen.
  5. After drying, apply a sealer to protect it. This extra step will make sure your painted rock will be waterproof.

For more detailed rock painting instructions, visit Diane’s helpful post.


Easy painted rock ideas

I wanted to start my extensive list with the easiest and fun projects. These are great to get your feet wet and to make your kids fall in love with rock painting.

Painted rocks for fairy garden

easy painted rocks designs

Rocks painted like houses are very cute and colorful, and you can use acrylic painter pens instead of brushes. They are perfect for playing outside in a sandbox or an addition to a fairy garden. Via https://www.messylittlemonster.com


Friendship pet rocks

painted rocks for kids

These friendship rocks are so cute, and kids will have fun to make them. An inexpensive way to create a meaningful present for their friends.

Via https://www.redtedart.com/painting-rock-pets-for-friends


Colorfully painted rocks with flowers and hearts

Did you know that February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day? For me, it’s new, but I’d make these cute rocks with flowers, hearts, dots, and symbols anytime.

You can give away these cuties to a person at any time of the year as a symbol of your appreciation.

painted rocks patterns

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Games and educational painted rocks

Kids and adults love to play outdoors and looking for backyard games all the time.

Painted rocks games are great not only because they are very cheap to make, but some of these examples educate your kids in a fun way.

Learning numbers and letters or developing new strategic skills are essential for our kids.

Painted rock domino

how to make painted rocks

Via: https://www.isavea2z.com/rock-dominoes


Colorful ABC letters

painted rocks project

Via: https://familyfocusblog.com/painted-rocks-crafts-abc-letter-rocks/


Painted rocks with numbers

painted rocks patterns

Via: https://www.messylittlemonster.com/2019/09/painted-rock-number-activities-for-toddlers.html


Painted rocks animals

These are probably the absolute favorite of everybody. Painting different kinds of animals on rocks, papers, canvas, and wood.

I’m sure you remember your childhood when you painted bugs, dogs, horses, or whatever was your favorite animal.

Kids and adults can find their inspiration in this section, depending on how challenging or easy rock painting projects they have in mind. The cool thing about painting animals on tocks that when the project is done, kids can play with them indoors or outdoors.


Rocks painted like ladybugs

I got you two variations. Make your own colorful or traditional red lady bug rock.

diy hand painted rocks

Via: /https://craftsbyamanda.com/ladybug-painted-rocks/

Via: https://www.diyncrafts.com/54468/home/gardening/diy-painted-ladybug-stones


Crocodile painted rocks


I like how a bunch of rocks was used to put together to create this playful crocodile.

You might think it is a little more difficult project since you have to sort the rocks to make the rock crocodile body, then you have to design the painting pattern.

ideas to paint on rocks

Via: https://www.theinspirationedit.com/how-make-rock-stone-crocodile/


Crazy gecko on a rock

And here it is! 🙂 I found the best body of the crazy crocodile.

ideas for painted rocks

Via: https://www.theinspirationedit.com/geko-rock-stone-art-craft/


Dory and Nemo painted rocks

Raise your hand if you like Finding Nemo and Dory movies! These are my favorite painted rock animals on the list.

What a perfect beach themed set, and your kids will love to take them to the garden or the beach in the summer months.

painted rocks fish

Via: https://www.clementinecounty.com/finding-dory-rocks/


Animals of the garden

The ideas are endless. You can paint spiders, caterpillars, bees, mouse or hedgehogs too.

diy painted rocks for garden

Via: https://daisiesandpie.co.uk/painted-stone-creatures/


Painted rocks for garden

Let’s follow up on the patio for a second. I love to decorate my garden, and I’m always open to inexpensive frugal but creative backyard decor ideas. 

I used driftwood, stones, bamboo to create a garden bed and garden decoration, and I think these beautiful patined rocks can be a perfect addition to your garden too.


Veggie Garden rock markers

You can paint each veggie or fruits on rocks and use them as a marker, so you know which crop is which.

painted rocks vegetables

Via: https://www.diyncrafts.com/56944/home/gardening/diy-painted-rock-garden-markers


Strawberry Painted rocks

painted rocks fruits

Via: https://craftsbyamanda.com/strawberry-painted-rocks/


Mini Cacti painted rock garden

It seems like cacti and succulents will never go out of “fashion.” I love them, and I want to use them in different home decor.

If you decide to make some of these cacti, you can choose bigger stones too for the yard.

painted rocks like cactus

Via: https://craftbits.com/project/rock-cactus-plant-kids-craft/



Painted rocks with dots

This dot technique might be a little more complicated, and the project can take a little longer, but they look so perfect outdoors and indoors.

If you are adventurous enough, you can put quotes or meaningful words on them too.


Ladybug mandala rock set

painted rocks dots

Via: https://thethingswellmake.com/beginner-friendly-ladybug-mandala-rock-painting-tutorial


Painted rocks with words

painted rocks with quotes

Via: https://www.sumoftheirstories.com/blog/2018/5/27/dot-painted-pebbles-with-nail-varnish


Painted rock village and family

How come I didn’t think about creating a whole town with people in it when I was a kid? 😉

I loved every block game. Lego, wood logs, etc. If your child enjoys building a whole town, here are some rock painting inspiration for you to make.

how to display painted rocks

Via: https://kidscrafts.craftgossip.com/rock-painting-little-village/



how to make painted rocks

Via: https://www.redtedart.com/rock-painting-family


rock painted creative tips

Via: My mom.


Painted rocks for every holiday

You know I was growing up crafting, and my mom always taught us to make meaningful presents to our loved ones.

I hope you like to give presents too because there are so many cute and kind presents you can make on a dime.

End of the day, your family and friends will appreciate the effort and love you put in creating these painted rocks.

So let’s see what we can make for the holidays.


Painted rocks for Halloween

Hide some ghost and freaky painted rocks in the garden or at the front porch around Halloween.

painted rocks holiday crafts

Via: https://craftbits.com/project/halloween-rocks/


Painted rocks for Christmas

You can make a cute snowman set from fan blades, wood, pallets, driftwood. The list is endless. BUT how about painted rock snowmen?

And if you need more rock figurines for the Christmas decor, make sure you paint the cutest penguin friends to accompany the snowmen.

painted rocks christmas

Via: https://www.aplusteachingresources.com.au/painted-rock-snowman/

Via: https://sustainmycrafthabit.com/how-to-paint-penguin-rocks/


Christmas Tree Ornament

painted rock Christmas tree ornament

Via: My mom.


Valentine’s Day’s Friendship Rocks

A little heart can go far. It is a cute and kind painted rock gift for friends and family.

how to seal painted rocks for outdoors

Via: https://www.redtedart.com/friendship-rocks-valentines


Father’s Day kids craft

design for painted rocks

Via: https://www.redtedart.com/fathers-day-rock-portrait/

There you go!

Rock Painting DIY and crafting

is always fun.

It is easy to make.

You can get creative with the design. You can use it as home decor and backyard decor. You can use it as a meaningful present.

Next time when you are walking on the beach or hiking, collect some pebbles, interesting stones, and turn them into home decor or kid’s game.

Remember, painting rocks requires a little preparation, like cleaning and brushing. And you can use acrylic paint and pens, even nail-polish, to paint them.

In the end, apply a sealant if you want to protect them, especially if you make them for the backyard or outdoor use.


Now off you go to make some cool painted rocks! Happy DIY-ing.

What kind of rock craft did you make lately? Let me know in the comments.

Remember to PIN it so you can come back for more inspiration anytime. 

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