Do your kids love painted rocks? Rock painting seems to be a hot trend right now, and I can see why! It’s fun and relaxing, and a great craft for all ages, toddler to adult. There’s no wrong way to paint a rock! Since so many communities are doing hidden painted rock projects, etc., I thought it would be fun to do a post with tons of fun painted rock inspiration.
We live in north Texas, where pretty round, smooth rocks do not exist. We have lots of sandstone and limestone with little shells in it, but not much that is good for painting. I bought a big bag of Caribbean beach pebbles at Home Depot in the garden section, and it was totally worth it.
For paint, we use those little bottles of acrylic craft paint that are around $1 each at Walmart, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby. I like the enamel ones for a shiny look, but anything is fine. It is definitely worth it to spray your rocks with a coat of polyurethane sealant so that the paint doesn’t get chipped or scratched.
Dog and Cat
For the dog, you could easily have kids paint the rock and then use a Sharpie for the eyes, ears, and nose. Much easier to control than paint!
These are Janie’s favorite, by far. Paint a whole nursery full of babies!
I was going to add the Batman logo too and ran out of time. Superhero logos are super fun to paint!
Well, of course we had to do Star Wars! I used the Star Wars painted Easter eggs that I made to figure out the design for C3PO. For more Star Wars inspiration, you can easily adapt the egg designs for rocks. Check out that post here: Star Wars painted eggs.
And of course we had to do our favorite minions! Minions look fabulous as painted rocks. Draw the design in pencil first for best results.
Summer Inspiration – Flowers and Watermelon
Other fruit ideas – orange slices, strawberries, etc. It would also be fun to do a summer butterfly!
The baseball was a ton of fun to do, and it turned out so cute. I used a real baseball as a model for the stitching, and drew the lines in pencil first.
Paint fish and other sea creatures! I probably could have done a whole post just with different fish!
Paint all the emojis! I did my favorite one first, and now I definitely need to make more.
These owl rocks have their own post here – Owl Painted Rocks. I love them!
Be sure to check out the rest of our rock painting ideas – we have more rock projects that have their own post.
Doodle Rocks – fun little doodle ideas for painted rocks.
Snowman Painted Rocks – mix and match the rocks to build adorable snowmen.
LEGO Minifigure Painted Rocks – turn your favorite LEGO guys into painted rocks!
Here are some more rock painting ideas from around the web!
Make painted rock photo holders from Buggy and Buddy.
Make fish rocks from Hello, Wonderful. So cute!
Paint ladybug rocks from Easy Peasy and Fun. I love the googly eyes on these.
Make tic tac toe rocks with their own little carrying bag, which doubles as the game board.
Make a Patterned Rock Snake from I Heart Crafty Things. This is fun because it’s a fun project and also a toy.
Pet Cactus Rocks – awesome idea!
I absolutely love these mix and match rock people from You Clever Monkey. (There are some neat animal rocks in the same post.)
Use rocks and paint pens to make alphabet pebbles. Fantastic idea from The Imagination Tree.
Have fun painting rocks!
This post was originally published in July 2017 and updated in April 2020.