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Christmas Rock Painting

Updated on November 27, 2013
Rocks painted in Christmas motif.
Rocks painted in Christmas motif.

Christmastime is a perfect time to do crafts!

I love rock painting and have done some generic rock painting in the past, and I painted some rocks for Halloween one year. This year, I decided I needed to paint some Christmas-themed rocks.

I gathered some rocks that I'd cleaned. Just rinse them to get rid of dirt and let them dry. Then I came up with some Christmas-themed designs like candy canes and Christmas trees. I sketched them on paper then lightly on each rock.

If you're an artist, you'll have a ball and have some wonderful little inexpensive gifts to give to family and friends. I'm not an artist, but I still enjoy painting on rocks, no matter the time of year.

Time required: Varies, an hour or two total

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Depends on supplies on hand, about $5


  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Rocks, cleaned
  • Mod Podge sealer


  • Paintbrush
  • Toothpick
  • Paint tray


1. Gather your supplies. You'll need some clean, dry rocks to start with. The rocks are your canvas! Give each rock a good coat of paint. Let dry.

2. Add another coat of paint for the base. Let dry.

3. Decide what you want to paint on the rocks. Sketch the design lightly on the rock, if you wish or just paint away. Be sure to let the paint dry before adding another color of paint on top. For instance, if you paint a tree, let the green paint dry before adding dots of white to represent a strand of popcorn.

I'm no artist but it's fun to paint simple designs like candy canes, stockings, Christmas trees, wreaths, and holly on rocks.

4. When you're finished painting and the paint is completely dry, add a coat or two of sealer like Mod Podge. I like to use the glossy finish so the rocks are nice and shiny.


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    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Let the fun begin! This is the perfect Christmas craft. Thanks for the tips and ideas.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      So cute!!! Large white rock with the tree is my favorite Christmas rock. Remember when Charlie Brown used to complain all he got was a rock? Well, I bet he'd welcome one of these! :)

    • noner profile image


      4 years ago

      Cute rocks! I like the wreath one.


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