32 Easy Rock Painting Ideas for Beginners
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32 Easy Rock Painting Ideas for Beginners

Learn how to paint rocks and pay it forward with these darling tutorials.

16 Easy Rock Painting Ideas for Beginners

These easy rock painting ideas for beginners are way too awesome to pass up. If you adore the painted rocks trend, it's time you made some yourself.

The Kindness Rocks Project encourages people to paint inspiring messages on rocks, then leaving them in public places to brighten someone's day. You can also paint cute images and clever designs on rocks, too. It's up to you! 

How lovely is it to pay it forward by leaving beautiful rocks in public places for people to find? Like finding a sweet note left anonymously, the painted rocks you might find at your local park can spark joy in your day.

Join in on the trend and make these simple painted rocks. These easy rock painting ideas are great for talented painters and beginners alike. The key to many of these painting tutorials is patience, so be kind to yourself as well as others when you complete these projects. Have fun crafting and brighten someone's day with these lovely projects.

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Rock Painting Ideas

Learn how to do a basic design on the rock or try something a little more complicated with some of the pretty galaxy designs below! You can also decoupage on the rocks for a lovely unique effect, and even apply temporary tattoos to the rocks.

Temporary Tattoos Painted Rocks Idea

You can use tattoos to create lovely, intricate designs.

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Decorative Painted Rocks

Go bold with black polka dots, lines, and shapes.

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Decoupaged Message Rocks

Decoupage is an excellent option for your rocks because you're really not limited at all!

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Fall Leaf Stone Paperweights

Spend a day with the kids collecting small leaves, then use them for this project.

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Easy Ocean Rocks

These are so pretty! Swirl paint to create a really gorgeous design.

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Pretty Painted Cacti

Rocks don't have to look like rocks when painted. Turn them into cacti that never die.

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Galaxy Painted Rocks

This is an awesome tutorial that wil make you feel like a true artist, and the technique is so easy!

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Painted Strawberry Rock Crafts

Turn those stones into strawberries with just a little bit of paint.

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Artistic Rocks Painting Craft

This is such a cool decoupage tutorial for making your rocks look like mixed media masterpieces!

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Rockin Halloween Stones

Don't let the fun stop just because summer is over! Paint Halloween motifs on your stones for an awesome project.

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Hand Painted Rock Bugs

These bugs are awesome! Learn a variety of techniques for creating each one.

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Rock Lady Bug

Love lady bugs? Make an oversized one with this easy painting tutorial.

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Glittering Garden Rocks

Since stones are readily available, use them to label the vegetables and herbs in your garden with this sparkly project.

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Uplifting Message Rocks

This is at the heart of the rock hiding movement! Brighten someone's day when you hide these inspiring rocks at your local park.

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Cute Vegetable Garden Rock Signs

Paint your stones to look like the vegetables in your garden for easy identification.

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DIY Glow in the Dark Halloween Rocks

Glow-in-the-dark paint is your best friend for creating spooky rocks that stand out at night!

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Fabric Scrap Pebbles

If you have fabric with sweet prints on it, fussy cut them and use them for this project.

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Painted Rock Christmas Ring

You can WEAR the rocks you paint with this festive tutorial.

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Spooky Painted Pebble Spiders

Keep the Halloween spirit alive with this awesome project! It's easy to turn your rocks into spooky spiders.

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Cactus Painted Rocks with Yarn Pots

Don't worry, you won't have to worry about watering this painted rock cactus!

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Motivational Painted Rock Paper Weights

Place this painted rock on your desk at work or on your dresser at home for motivational pick-me-up every day.

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Father's Day Painted Rock Kids Crafts

If you and your kids are looking for the perfect Father's Day gift, this painted rocks project will certainly warm your special man's heart.

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Day of the Dead Skulls

Celebrate the spooky holiday with equally spooky painted rocks!

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Painted Rock Chicks

These little painted rock chicks are so adorable and great for Easter.

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3d Rainbow Rock

Use puffy paint to draw designs and sayings on rocks to be used as little gifts or as something you can put on your front porch/ in your garden.

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Kindess Rocks With A Free Printable

This tutorial includes two methods for making kindness rocks - one is slightly more challenging than the other!

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Harry Potter Kindness Rocks

Learn how to paint your favorite characters from Harry Potter with this rock painting tutorial.

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Paint Pour Rainbow Rocks

Love paint pouring? Easily create beautiful swirling designs on your painted rocks with this tutorial.

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Silly Christmas Painted Rocks

If you live in a warmer climate where you can hide rocks year round, consider this festive tutorial.

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Glitter Galaxy Rocks

Get all the radiant color of the galaxy onto such a small surface with this beautifully clever tutorial.

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Beaded Stone Paper Weights

BONUS! This isn't a rock painting idea but it is SO cool. Use beads to embellish your rocks for beautiful designs, and use them as paper weights or seal them so they can go outside.

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I just think this whole movement is the loveliest thing. These tutorials make me want to go hide some cute rocks in my neighborhood in Chicago!

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