This year we have been all about painted rocks. Rock painting is just so relaxing and fun for a wide range of ages. Here’s a fun craft idea for winter – paint some snowman rocks! We chose to make each snowman consist of three rock sections so that we can mix and match the pieces in all different combinations. So much fun!

Older kids will love creating these build-a-snowman painted rocks, and younger kids will love playing with the ones you make. But even young kids can paint the rocks white, although you might have to help make the details.

Since we have a serious lack of nice rocks for painting in our area, we started with a bag of Caribbean Beach Pebbles from Home Depot. I can’t remember what the bag cost, but they are cheap! And great for painting.

We started by sorting the rocks by size and planning out the bodies for our snowmen.

I didn’t get any photos in process, which is usually what happens with messy painting projects! The process is very simple, however.

We used acrylic paints – the little bottles of acrylic paint that are about $1 each in the craft store.

First, paint your rocks white and let them dry.

Then, paint faces, hats, buttons, etc.! I did the details myself with a tiny paintbrush and more acrylic paint. Another option is to draw on the faces, hats, etc. with Sharpie markers. In the past, we have ruined some Sharpies by drawing on top of acrylic paint. It seems to make the markers stop writing. If you have a tip for markers that can write on acrylic paint, please leave a comment!

I made sets of snowmen with matching hats and scarves. The kids can match up the colors, or they can mix them up.

They are just so cute!

Want more rock painting ideas?

Have fun crafting!


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  1. Eileen Dec 11, 2017

    Love these! What a fun idea! :)

  2. Albert Trotter Dec 13, 2017

    amazing creativity...i will try to recreate them with my kids

  3. bra Apr 15, 2018

    Hi there, this weekend is good designed for me, since this occasion i am reading this wonderful educational post here at my house.

  4. CJ Minar Nov 20, 2018

    Fun craft idea! Instead of using Sharpie markers, I am going to use Sharpie's Paint pens. They are available at most craft stores, use a coupon!

  5. Anneliese Dec 2, 2018

    Hi ..whith what do you glue the rocks on top of each other i have used n glue gun but it gets spart real soon..what else can i use..thank you..

    1. Sarah Dec 2, 2018

      Oh, we did not glue ours! It's more fun if you keep the rocks separate, and then kids can play with the rocks and mix and match them to build snowmen.

  6. Jan Dec 29, 2019

    there are acrylic paint pens with different tips at michaels and online! They are permanent too! May help painting on rocks

  7. Karen L Reinhart Sep 14, 2021

    If you want to use Sharpies, I recommend spraying over the white paint with a sealer. Not only will that keep the markers from being damaged, but it also makes them glide over the surface more smoothly. When dry, seal them again with a couple more coats

  8. Chrissy Dec 19, 2021

    Love the snowmen. I also use acrylic paint pens which are brilliant for detail. I then varnish to make them more durable.
    Love your ideas x

  9. Jenn Wills Sep 23, 2022

    Water-based acrylic paint pens are my go-to! You can find them with all sorts of different tips from broad to extra fine!
    I use water based because it’s so much easier to clean up than oil-based! 😃

  10. Judith A Rodda Dec 27, 2022

    I just recently purchased acrylic paint pens from Amazon. Have not used them yet but I understand they work very well.


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