Hey friends! Looking for easy painted stone ideas? As the weather cools down, these sweet snowflakes can add a bit of fun to anyone’s doorstep (or desk, park bench, locker – there’s no limit to the places you can hide painted stones). Rock painting can be relaxing and makes for a great group craft, and these simple snowflakes are beginner-friendly. Christmas painted rocks can be a lot of fun for inexpensive secret Santa exchanges, and the general winter design is appropriate for any holiday you might be celebrating.
HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR PAINTED STONES.
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- Acrylic Paints
- Varnish (I prefer the paint-on type, but spray varnish works fine too)
- Paint Palette
- Permanent Marker
- Mod Podge or Craft Glue
- Stylus (optional)
For these painted rocks, I used bright acrylic paint backgrounds in shades of blue, purple, and pink, with a simple white snowflake design. If you enjoy using gel pens (or want to try them out!) this is a great painted rock design to test your hand. I used acrylic paint here, but I’ve also had good success with Gelly Roll Pens. If you do use the gel pens, one thing to note about white ink – it doesn’t always look white when you write with it. I scrapped a few rocks because the ink just looked clear, only to find when they dried, they were a perfect white after all. So don’t panic!
There’s really no wrong way to make a snowflake! That’s why these are easy painted stone ideas. What I found to be my favorite were designs with thin brush strokes and connecting lines between the six spokes. Use your stylus (or paintbrush) to add extra “snow” if you like. As you can see, my snowflakes are FAR from perfect. They aren’t symmetrical, they have gaps and little blobs here and there, but trust me, you’ll be the only one who even notices.
Don’t forget to add your hashtags to the back of your rock so others can share it and join in the fun! A Sharpie marker works great for adding messages, just be sure to brush it with a light coat of Mod Podge or craft glue so that the varnish doesn’t smear your lettering. For more detailed instructions, please check out my How To Make Painted Rocks post. And the most important rule of rock painting is to relax and enjoy it – don’t worry about perfection! We are always our own biggest critics, so you have to remember that a bright and cheerful painted rock will make anyone’s day, whether you’ve been painting for a week, a year, or a lifetime.
Don’t forget to add #PaintHappy to your painted rocks, and join in the fun in the new Paint Happy Rocks community! Share photos of your painted stone ideas with me here:
Thanks for joining me today, and happy painting!