River Rock Painting – Fun Craft Project

In the fall, I stopped with my family on the banks of one of the many rivers that run through the beautiful mountains where I live.  I had an idea to paint some river rocks.  Collecting them was great fun for the whole family. Our little guys had fun throwing and skipping them into the river too! I have had such a good time giving these smooth rocks some personality.  I cannot wait for the weather to warm up so we can collect some more!

I collected a very large bucket full and when I got them home I washed them in a bucket of MelaMagic and Tough and Tender, then rinsed them and put them on brown craft paper to dry thoroughly.



When they were fully dry, I painted  a base color on both sides and when dry I decided on what to transform them into. My first was my little yellow fish, followed by a couple of pink fish.  After painting a few more fish, I tried my hand at a butterfly, some ladybugs, a couple of frogs and owls.










For painting the base painting and larger details I used an acrylic craft paint. I found that the Elmer’s Paint Markers are excellent for painting smaller details. When they are completely dry I sealed them with Mod Podge.

They are all so cute and look great on a desk as a paperweight, in flower pots, on windowsills, in decorative bowls or just about anywhere you want some color and character.  My little guys even started painting some of their own and it was so precious.  If you are looking for a great activity the whole family can get involved in, try painting river rocks.

Let me know if you try this.



Filed under Art, Crafts, Creative Activities, DIY, hobby

6 Responses to River Rock Painting – Fun Craft Project

  1. Brittany Ricciardi

    Cool idea for crafts, also very simple which is great. Good project for both indoors and outdoors.

  2. Sherrie C.

    Oh my gosh those painted rocks are adorable and look like so much fun to do! I will have to go river rock collecting with my two granddaughters and give this a try. Thanks 🙂

  3. These are so cute……………………what kind of paint do you use?

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  5. Shakeia Rieux

    Those are super cute! My friends daughter and I use markers, next time we’ll use paint. I like the idea!

  6. Jamie Martin

    Been painting rocks for a while now.

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