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5 painted rock ideas that rock!


We were so excited when we found our first painted rock. Our 4-year-old daughter found one randomly in a park in Whanganui when we were on holiday. Since then we’ve been doing a lot of rock hunting, and rock painting at the Kiwi Families HQ. So we thought it was time to pull together 5 painted rock ideas that rock!

The painted rock craze is such a cool idea. First, there’s the rock gathering, which means getting down to the beach, or a river for some good old fashioned scavenging (exercise, check!). Then there’s the painting part (creativity, check!). Then there’s the hiding, and finding, of other painted rocks (fresh air, outdoors, more exercise, check, check, check!). And then there’s the whole social media side, where you can upload your finds, and interact with other rock hunters in your local community (safe social networking, check!).

Still, there’s more to rock painting than just hiding them around the neighborhood, a lot more. Get some inspiration below from the 5 ideas for painting on rocks, then collect some stones with your kids, and see what else you can come up with. And as always, email us your ideas and pics, we love to see your work!

5 painted rock ideas that rock!

1. How to join the painted rocks craze

painted rocks

While walking my 3-year-old daughter was super excited to find one of the painted rocks that people have been hiding.

This was such a special moment because if there’s one thing my daughter loves, it’s a good old fashion treasure hunt.

2. How to make and use story stones

how to make and use story stones

I discovered story stones a little while back and decided it was time to share them with the Kiwi Families community. These story stones are inexpensive to make and can be used for a whole range of activities.

Story stones are basically a set of stones that you and your children create, that are then used to either retell a classic children’s story, or you can use them to make up your own stories.

3. Easy painted rock monsters


This craft is a great one for all ages. All you really need to do is lay out a bunch of materials and let your child’s imagination run wild.

A great way to lead into making easily painted rock monsters is to read them some monster stories.

4. 5 Little White – story stones

5 little whio story stones

We’re really loving painting on rocks at the moment and after creating our 3 little pig story stones little miss 3 decided we should make the 5 little ducks song on stones.

5 little ducks are one of her favorite songs to play and sing along to. And we thought we’d take the children’s classic song, and Kiwi it up a bit!

5. Painted rock photo holders


If your kids are into painted rocks, find out how to make a painted rock photo holder.

The painted rocks craze has made painting on rocks pretty popular again. Every holiday at our place you’ll usually see my kids painting up a rock and hiding them around our local area.

Artistic Ideas to Decorate Your Garden with Painted Rocks

Artistic Ideas to Decorate Your Garden with Painted Rocks
Looking for something unique to beautify your garden? Why not try something pocket-friendly, yet strikingly smart at the same time? Painted rocks can be an apt way to stylize your garden. We have given some design patterns of rock painting that will be ideal to decorate your garden.
Rock Painting Ideas for Kids
If you’re unwilling to hunt for rocks, there are rock painting kits available in stores, that comes with painted rocks craft ideas, acrylic paints, brushes, and even round river stones.

Rock painting, as an art, has a deep and profound history. Cave painting was done by nomadic man, and there are many pieces of evidence of rock art left behind. Different motifs and symbolic languages have been engraved by indigenous people. They stand as a testimony to history and are a subject of study for archaeologists.

If you’re looking for little bit of fun with rock painting for your garden, you’ve come to the right page! Decorating your garden with painted rocks can be a cheap and easy way to make a style statement, Plus, it also gives you the satisfaction and joy of creation. Another bonus is that you don’t have to take any special efforts to preserve this artwork of yours. Of course, you need to find appropriate places in your garden to place them. So, if you’re all game for it, here are some tips that might come in handy.

Rock Painting Instructions and Tips

Things You’ll Need

➥ Acrylic colors
➥ Paint brushes of various sizes
➥ Clean cloth to wipe
➥ *Rocks/pebbles, preferably with smoother edges

*Use river rocks, since they have smoother edges and surfaces, making it easier to paint them. You can also collect colorful pebbles and make interesting use of them.

Rock Painting: An artist’s hands at work.
stone painting
Always wipe off the dust on the rocks, else you’ll end up spoiling or damaging your paint brushes. You can use acrylic colors since they work best on rocks. They dry quickly and do not fade easily. It is preferable to use bright hues on the surface of the rocks. Choose the rocks according to the design you want to make. For example, if you wish to paint a fish, look out for an oblong-shaped rock.
For inspiration, use the following pictures of painted rocks. Though, you can let your imagination run wild and come up with your own stuff too.
Some Inspiration from Nature
Rainbows and floral inspiration for your garden.
rainbows and flowral inspiration
Simple floral designs with strokes of a paintbrush.
floral design
Be Innovative
painted rocks footprints
Make clever use of different sizes of stones. Use them at the entrance to your garden. Paint them in bright colors and experiment around!
Fill Your Garden with Rocky Pets
Painted rocks cat
You need not seek permission from your family to bring this at home. Find a large stone and paint your favorite pet on it. Such painted rocks are also available in decor stores.
painted rocks animals
Welcome the ladybird and her family to your garden. Or simply place a basket of painted strawberries: that will also not fail to make an impression.
The Laughing Garden
Laughing garden
Add some humor to your garden with the help of different painted rocks.
Tryst with Words
joy wish painted stone
For those who want to add a little bit of philosophy to their garden, simply paint words on the rocks. ‘Wish’ and ‘Joy’ are synonymous with nature, something which the plants in your garden symbolize.
white pebbles
Similarly, try using these white pebbles and paint in black. Use symbols and different languages. For example, ‘Glück’ means ‘good luck’ (in German). You can also write different names on the rocks.
Splash of Colors
colorful stone
Decorate your garden with a festival of colors, including bright shades of blue, pink, red, yellow, etc.
While art is boundless, you can have your creative juices flowing to no limit. We hope that the above pictures of painted rocks have at least helped trigger your creative mind. Other than these, you can also try other stone painting designs of fish, abstract or geometrical patterns, etc. Make painting on rocks a group affair; involve your siblings, friends, family, and spend some quality time together in a fun way. Let painting rocks for your garden be a rocking affair!