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Last-Minute Gifts: 5 Surprising Ways to Have Fun Painting Rocks

Last-Minute Gifts: 5 Surprising Ways to Have Fun Painting Rocks


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Got rocks? Then you have the perfect surface on which to create some beautiful and unique last-minute gifts. Painting rocks brings to mind images of detailed animals and these days, mandalas, right? But painting rocks can be even easier (and faster!) than you may have previously considered.

I’m going to walk you through the process I used for one gift project: a super-cute portable tic-tac-toe game and then I’ll share with you several additional rock-painting ideas you can try—each of which can be easily personalized to appeal to your favorite gift recipient (including yourself).

Paint pens work perfectly on rocks, as does acrylic paint. And if you don’t have a backyard full of acceptable stones, you can usually find them in relatively small quantities from stores such as Jo-Ann Fabric, Michael’s and Walmart.

Portable Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Small pebbles—1/2″–3/4″ (13mm–19mm) or so—work best for this project.

Give stamps a try!

Add a little paint with a paint pen

Complete your game package with a playing mat and pouch

Other Painted Rock Gift Ideas

OK, if you’re looking for some even easier ways to give rocks, here are some other things I experimented with.

Inspiring Words

Magnet Set

Party Place Cards

Pet Rock

For a different approach to painting on rocks, take a look at the work of artist Kim Anderson, author of Doodle Trees and Happy Bees. My heart smiles when I see her new creations regularly on Instagram. (Follow @kimartwork.) In addition to paint and pens, Kim loves to add magical sparkle to her rock creations using foil. (Something I’ll be posting more about, soon!) Kim says:

“Painting on stones is easy and fun to do, as well as relaxing. Adding a simple heart in foil or glitter gives it an extra special feel, but you can add words or other symbols too! Painting them in different colors and using a variety of sized stones can be the beginning of a wonderful collection. Painted stones are perfect for yourself or to offer as gifts. They can be used as paperweights, as décor placed on top of a picture frame or mantelpiece, in a bowl, or simply on a table, desk or in the bathroom.”

And . for those last-minute cards you need to send out, check out how easy it is to hand-letter original masterpieces. Your friends and loved ones will be impressed! Last-minute giving? No problem! Enjoy the process.


Watch the video: 5 Rainbow Heart Designs Rock Painting Ideas. Fun Paint Pen Projects to Try. Rock Painting 101 (July 2022).


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