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Do you ever see a painted rock while taking a walk and think “How cute! I wish I could do that”? Now you can! Check out these adorable rock painting ideas that anyone can make.
Want to expand your artistic skill with rock painting ideas? Rock painting is one of the most enjoyable and freeing crafts there is.
Recently we have shared many 15-minute rock painting crafts with Craft Lightning, and I’m rounding up all of the ideas here for you today into one handy dandy location.
With these ideas, you can create seriously cool painted rocks that look like a wide variety of objects. Perhaps you want a caterpillar for your garden? Or maybe a camper is more your style? You’ll find those and many more ideas below!
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Rock Painting Ideas & Crafts
As you examine the list of easy rock painting ideas below, feel free to click on any that grab your attention.
The instructions for making that project will then open in another window on your computer. You can then pin or bookmark those that you want to create.
And the best part is that each of these rock painting ideas can be made very quickly – no matter what your skill level is.
Gnome Painted Garden Rocks | The Country Chic Cottage
No garden is complete without at least one gnome. If you don’t have a gnome figurine, this adorably quick craft will work just as well.
DIY Gold Leaf Painted Rocks | Country Hill Cottage
Simple and elegant. This nature-inspired craft is quick and easy – perfect for beginners!
Motivational Painted Rock Paper Weights | 365 Days of Crafts
Everyone needs a little motivation now and then, right? I love the powerful simplicity of these rocks. Use them as paperweights or sprinkle them around your neighborhood for people to find.
Glitter Fish Painted Rocks | I Love Painted Rocks
This project is perfect for beginners because the painting is simple and the detail is simply drawn with a pen.
Caterpillar Rocks For Your Garden | The Country Chic Cottage
This is one of my favorite rock painting ideas for kids. It’s simple but so adorable and easy to modify that kids love making it.
Caterpillar Painted Garden Stones | That’s What Che Said
Here’s a different option for a caterpillar painted rocks idea. I love the rainbow color and the antennae.
Galaxy Painted Rocks | One Project Closer
This rock painting project is out of this world!
Prayer Rock Tutorial | Ginger Snap Crafts
This simple idea requires no paint brushes. The painting happens with paint pens.
Harry Potter Painted Rocks | Pineapple Paper Co
Time to add a little magic to your life! You don’t need any magical ability in order to make these rocks with spells on them.
Harry Potter and Friends Painted Rocks | Me and My Inklings
Spread some magic with Harry Potter and his friends. So much fun!
Tic Tac Toe Board Game with Rocks | The Country Chic Cottage
A game of indoor/outdoor tic tac toe is so much fun thanks to this adorable set. It’s much faster to make than you might think thanks to our trusty Cricut machine.
Dollar Store Rock Painting Supplies | Mad in Crafts
Not only is rock painting creative and easy – it’s cheap!
Galaxy and Constellation Rock | Carla Schauer Studio
Painting these galaxy rocks is accomplished with a simple layering technique!
Painted Inspirational Rocks | Burton Avenue
The technique used to make these rocks involves a stencil – so quick and easy!
Moon Landing Painted Rock | Doodle Craft Blog
This rock painting idea does look more complicated than it is. The cool paint effect is made possible by Dragonfly glaze.
Pink Flamingo Painted Rock | Our Crafty Mom
The cute flamingo is thanks to a transfer, so this project is nice and quick.
Taco Rocks | Artsy Fartsy Mama
So cute! I love the creativity behind this idea.
Squirrel Rock | I Love Painted Rocks
Even if you don’t feel confident is your drawing abilities, the tutorial for this project will help you get through that.
Mandala Painted Rocks | 30 Minute Crafts
This rock painting idea is about as simple and easy as you can get. No paintbrush needed!
Camper Painted Rocks Craft | The Country Chic Cottage
So cute and perfect for any garden!
Constellation Rock | Albion Gould
This rock painting idea features a Pisces constellation, but I love that you could personalize it with any constellation.
Cheerful Dandelion Wish Rock | Paint Happy Rocks
This designs captivates me. It’s so summery and fun – like the bliss of a child playing with dandelions.
Simple Floral Rocks | Organize and Decorate Everything
Share the simple pleasures of summer with this easy rock painting idea.
Gold Accent Rocks | 5 Little Monsters
It just doesn’t get any easier than this. A gold stripe or rock tip – no design skills needed.
Lemon and Lime Rocks | Sustain My Craft Habit
This idea is so happy and summery.
Rock Paint Pouring | Like It Try It
You’ll never get the same rock twice with this rock painting idea.
Donut and Cupcake Rocks | Happiness is Homemade
These rock painting designs are so cheery and fun – they definitely spread happiness.
Stamped Rock Technique | Crafty Not Shifty
I don’t know what it is about manatees but I think they are terrific. This painted rock idea wins in my book!
How to Paint Stones to Look Like Mushrooms | The Country Chic Cottage
This design is perfect for any garden. Don’t forget to add a gnome rock or two, too!
Feather Rocks | Sweet Berry Designs
Feathers inspire freedom. You can complete this design quickly and have fun making it.
Glitter Word Art Rocks | 100 Directions
Use Glitterific acrylic paint for the cool effect on this design.
Lion King Movie-Inspired Painted Rocks | See Lindsay
Capture of the spirit of the movie with these iconic images. If you love the Lion King, you’ll love these rocks.
Rainbow Paint Pour Rocks | Creatively Beth
Here’s a different paint pour technique, and it’s every bit as amazing.
Summertime Variety | The Ruffled Daisy
Capture the season with these iconic images that are easy to paint on rocks.
Letter Stamp Painted Rocks | Michelle’s Party Plan-It
Classic-looking inspiration. If you like simple, this one’s for you.
Temporary Tattoo Painted Rocks | Happy Go Lucky
Add a little whimsy to your rock with temporary tattoos!
Child’s Thumbprint Keepsake Rock | Everyday Party
I’m a sucker for anything with kids’ prints on them. Turn this thumbprint into a whale!
Easy Painted Rocks | Makeable Crafts
Bright, colorful, fun, and totally customizable. I love this rock painting idea!
Because there were so many incredible ideas that participated in Craft Lightning, I just had to show them all to you! I hope you love these creative rock painting ideas.
Want More Painted Rock Ideas?
Which of these rock painting ideas will you try painting? These easy crafts are sure to be a hit with adults and kids, alike. After all, everyone loves painting rocks!
In fact, you can also try this book on rock painting for beginners. It has 30 more inspiring projects perfect for those that are just getting started rock painting.
Do you love these rock painting ideas? Have any favorites? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below especially if you make some of them!