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Decorate for Fall with Rock Pumpkins

Updated on September 30, 2015
Rock pumpkins
Rock pumpkins | Source

Children collect rocks

Rocks seem to turn up all over the house. The thing that you hear banging around in the dryer is most likely a rock that you missed when emptying the kids pants pockets. Why not turn those rocks into a pumpkin for decorating at Halloween or Thanksgiving? They make great place settings for holiday meals and are really cute in Fall decorating.

Corral all those rocks and make some pumpkins. They are quick, easy, and lots of fun for the whole family to create.

What you need to make these rock pumpkins

  1. Rocks

    There is no size restriction and if you have children who are stubborn, they don't even have to be round. If you have a round boulder in your yard, you can turn it into a pumpkin too.

  2. Orange acrylic paint
  3. Paint Brush
  4. Fine line marker (unless you are painting a boulder and then you will need black paint and a much larger brush).
  5. Glue - Tacky glue works best but takes longer to setup.
  6. Twigs

You need rocks

If you do not have a child who brings in rocks on a daily basis, you might have to either search for your own or buy some. Here is a suggestion.

Already washed rocks.

Darice 2462-01 River Rocks 16oz-Natural
Darice 2462-01 River Rocks 16oz-Natural

These work and it doesn't matter if they are completely round. Ours were not round and worked well anyway.


1st Coat of Paint

Fluorescent paint will make them really stand out

Sargent Art 22-2211 8-Ounce Fluorescent Acrylic Paint, Yellow-Orange
Sargent Art 22-2211 8-Ounce Fluorescent Acrylic Paint, Yellow-Orange

When we make these again, we have decided to get fluorescent paint. We need to make enough to take to our Vintage Trailer Rally on Halloween. We want one for everyone to take as a souvenir.


2nd Coat of Paint


Wash the rocks and let them dry. If they have been run though your washing machine and dryer, this step is done.

Paint them orange. Give them two coats for good coverage and let them dry. They might need three coats.

With the marker, draw on a face. Children who are picky and some adults may not like the first face. Simply let them paint over it again and start over.

Draw the lines on the pumpkin.

Glue the twig at the top.

If you are using them for your Thanksgiving or fall display and don't want to carry out the Halloween theme, don't add the face, just the lines.

Adding lines to the rock pumpkin

Rock pumpkin with the lines done

Adding the stem to the rock pumpkins

All purpose glue works best

Aleene's All Purpose Tacky Glue, 8-Ounce
Aleene's All Purpose Tacky Glue, 8-Ounce

We tried Elmer's glue on these but they did better with Aleene's.


These are also good for Halloween

The rocks came from our yard. They are not round or large but when turned into a pumpkin, they take on a charm of their own. We will be using them for our Fall decoration but one just had to be a jack-o-lantern.

Imagination is the only limit on this project - Found this on Flickr - Isn't it adorable?

Painted rock pumpkin
Painted rock pumpkin

I can't believe how cute these are. Who knew rocks could be so much fun?

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi these are great crafts lots of fun, blessed.

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      Country Sunshine 

      6 years ago from Texas

      What a cute idea! Inexpensive, and easy to do. My kind of craft!

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Easy craft for kids during the fall season. Thanks for the project idea.

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      6 years ago

      Rock pumpkins! What a great idea! We have a rock garden in the front yard, and we paint some of the rocks AND we decorate with pumpkins... I'm appalled that this notion never flitted through my pointy little head!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is a great idea -- so cute

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      6 years ago

      Looks like a fun project for adults too. Congratulations on your lens being featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Cute idea. I am featuring this lens on my Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts lens.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Cute idea. I am featuring this lens on my Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts lens.

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      7 years ago

      Very cute idea, and they don't go bad which is an added bonus!

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      Candace Bacon 

      7 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      These are so cute! I'm going to gather some rocks and make some for Thanksgiving.

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      7 years ago

      thanks for this, today is Saturday and a day for me to spend at home with my kids, I think we'll do this today. here's a 'thumbs up' from me!

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      Regina Hurley 

      7 years ago from Cedartown, Ga

      Great idea you would be amazed at the number of rocks that are around my home and they are smooth pretty rocks. I have often thought about things to use them for this is a good idea.

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      7 years ago

      Looks like a guaranteed good time for the children. :)

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Great family project, starting with a rock hunt.


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