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Halloween Rock Painting

Updated on September 15, 2014

Make Halloween Decorations -- Paint on Rocks

Halloween rock painting is an easy holiday craft that can turn out great (if you're actually talented) or so so if you're like me and have little to no talent (see photo).

My lack of talent has never stopped me before (well, not too often). I just plow ahead if I'm enjoying myself. Even though I'm no artist, I enjoy making crafts.

Painting on rocks is a fun craft that I enjoy all year. I thought it would be especially fun to paint some cute and sort of scary rocks for Halloween. Kids can handle this easy craft and will come up with all sorts of ways to decorate for Halloween by painting rocks.

Rock painting meets my criteria for good crafting:

~ It's cheap.

~ It's easy.

~ It's fast.

So, grab some rocks and paint and get busy! Halloween's almost here!

Photo Credit for all Rock Painting Photos Shown Here: Peggy Hazelwood

Have you tried rock painting?

Jack o' Lantern painted on a rock.
Jack o' Lantern painted on a rock.

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Rocks for Halloween rock painting.
Rocks for Halloween rock painting.

Start with Rocks

Rock Painting -- Choose Your Canvas

This easy Halloween craft is great because you literally can find the canvas you need just about anywhere. Rocks!

I pick up nice smooth rocks when I see them while I'm out walking. I bring them home and wash them and let them dry. Then I put them with the other rocks I've collected for days like this when I get the urge to paint on rocks.

Any size rock will do. Any shape rock will work, depending on what you want to paint on it. Some people choose monster rocks and paint them to display in their yard. I stick with little ones, but hey, have at it! Whatever floats your boat.

Choose your paint colors.
Choose your paint colors.

Choose Your Paint

Acrylic Craft Paint

I use acrylic craft paint that I have on hand for rock painting. Luckily I had all the colors I needed today, so I got started.

If you find you don't have the right shade, you can mix colors and make a new color. I like doing this because it's like making a mess, but on purpose.

Craft Supplies for Rock Painting - In case you don't have stuff sitting around

These craft supplies will get you started with Halloween rock painting. It's a nice, easy, cheap craft and kids love it, too!

Painting a rock yellow.
Painting a rock yellow.

Paint Your Canvas

That Is, Paint Your Rock

This part is easy. Choose a color for the background, if desired. Then go to town. Paint your rocks.

I could have given the rocks I painted yellow a second coat but I kind of like how they turned out with just one coat. A little of the rock color shows through, and they look sort of dirty. Perfect for Halloween, I figured.

You can paint the bottom of the rock if you choose. I didn't paint the bottom of these. It depends on my mood.

Creatures of the Night

"As a child, I felt that Hallowe'en was a time when creatures of the night suddenly came to life - we would turn off all the lights in the house and let flickering candlelight conjure up scary shadows and create the effect of imaginary figures lurking in dark corners."

~ Pippa Middleton

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Rough sketch of designs to be painted.
Rough sketch of designs to be painted.

Choose Your Design

Witches, Vampires, Frankenstein, Oh My!

I saw some Halloween Legos a while back and decided to try my hand at painting some of them on rocks.

After giving the rocks a quick base coat and letting them dry (sort of... I'm not very patient), I sketched little Lego faces on these rocks. It's hard to see them, but I figured I could use the pencil lines to paint on. Ha! That's what I get for thinking.

I had to give the poor guys a face color, so I ended up painting over the pencil lines. Oh well. I don't always think things through very well. I'm a seat-of-the-pants crafter.

Do You Dress Up for Halloween?

Do You Dress Up for Halloween?

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~*~ Rock Painting for Kids ~*~

Rock painting is a great craft for kids.

Let the kids sketch a simple design like a

Jack O' Lantern then paint it on a rock.

Lego witch rock painting.
Lego witch rock painting.

Lego Witch Painting on a Rock

After painting over the faces, I sort of sketched the faces again, but after the first couple, I decided to wing it.

In addition to being a seat-of-the-pants crafter, I also tend to wing it. A lot.

So, the witch shown here turned out the "best." I know that's not saying much, but it was fun to try to replicate these guys!

Lego Witch Mini Figure - This is What the Lego Witch Really Looks Like

Vampire or granny? You decide.
Vampire or granny? You decide.

Vampire Lego Rock Painting

I know, it looks like a crazed red-eyed granny with her hair in a bun

Okay, so this photo shows my poor attempt at painting a Lego vampire on a rock. It's pitiful, I know.

But I wanted to show it to encourage anyone who is reading this who is saying "I can't do that."

To that I would say, "I should hope not!"

You can do better.

Lego Vampire - This is What He Really Looks Like!

Glow in the Dark Rock Painting

Decorate a sidewalk with rocks that

you've painted with glow in the dark paint!

The trick or treaters will thank you.

Glow in the Dark Paint for Rock Painting - Let your painted rocks glow! Line a sidewalk with fun themed rocks.

Frankenstein's monster painted on a rock. Sort of.
Frankenstein's monster painted on a rock. Sort of.

Lego Frankenstein

Sad, very sad

This poor guy. I know Frankenstein's monster is never going to win any beauty contests, but this poor, poor attempt is just sad.

Come on, if you're not convinced yet that you can paint on rocks, well, I don't know what else to say.

I can't quite figure out if this looks like a sick baby with a bone in its hair. Or a monkey.

The Real Lego Frankenstein - What a guy!

Rock Painting - How to Do It the Right Way

Apply a sealer like Mod Podge to the rocks after you've painted them.
Apply a sealer like Mod Podge to the rocks after you've painted them.

Seal the Rocks

Protect them from the elements and wear and tear

When you've finished painting the rocks, let the paint dry. Then apply a coat or two of sealer. I use Mod Podge because it's easy to apply. You just paint it on. Any craft sealer will work.

Be sure the sealer you choose is water based so you can safely use it indoors and it's safe for kids to apply, as well.

The sealer will protect the paint and makes the colors on the rocks pop!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Mod Podge is a Great Craft Sealer - Gloss or Matte Finish Works Well

Sealing your rocks after painting them helps keep the paint fresh longer. And a nice shiny gloss finish really makes the rock painting pop!

Halloween -- A Fun Time of Year

"I love the spirit of Halloween and

the energy that comes with it."

~ Katharine McPhee

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Will you paint rocks for Halloween?

This witch needs a wart on her nose. Now I have to get the paint out again.
This witch needs a wart on her nose. Now I have to get the paint out again.

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Rock Painting Made Easy - Everything You'll Need to Begin Rock Painting

This all-in-one rock painting kit makes a perfect gift for anyone who loves crafting! Since everything's included, they can get started making little masterpieces right away.

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      Melody Lassalle 3 years ago from California

      I think I painted rocks as a child, but don't remember doing it since. This would be a good project with my nieces. I can't paint even on paper, but my niece is pretty good at it. Maybe I could do some abstract Halloween rocks. LOL Thanks for the great idea!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great idea - pity I'm such a bad artist or I might try it!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Haven't tried Halloween rock painting but looks like something a few kids I know would love.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      The kids start fall break today - Halloween rock painting sounds like a fun activity to fill some of our time!

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      Kylyssa Shay 5 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I made rock paintings in 4H thirty-five years ago or thereabouts. I'd totally forgotten about this craft until now. Thank you for this creative Halloween craft project!

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      craftycollector 5 years ago

      Nearly 50 years ago, I was at University. I needed to supplement my income, so I used to collect pretty stones from the local beach, paint line drawing on them, and varnish them Then I added a leather thong and a piece of flower wire to hold the top of the thong around the rock, making a hippy style pendant. I persuaded a local department store to sell these for me, and they kept me in a little extra money throughout my three years at University. I wonder whether they would still sell?

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I haven't done for years but it is great fun. I like the glow in the dark paint idea.

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      Adam Turner 5 years ago

      I've never tried rock painting, but now I will :)

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      Jackie Block 5 years ago from SE Michigan

      My daughter would get a kick out of this. She loves finding rocks on our walks. Finally something to do with all of them!

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      Bonfire Designs 5 years ago

      Such a cute idea for Halloween!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have tried Rock Painting but never thought about doing it for Halloween. Great idea.

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      Deborah Swain 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      not since i was a child but this lens has inspired me!

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      BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      I haven't tried rock painting, but is looks creative and fun! The Rock Painting Kit would make a sweet gift too for someone that loves crafts.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      I'd like to try rock painting for this Halloween. I picked up some great smooth rocks at the beach this summer, and they're just waiting for something to be done with them. Great idea!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      I just know my daughter will want to try this! What a great halloween craft idea!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it does not get better than this, very artistic way of celebrating Halloween.