May 24, 2011

Painted Rock Garden (SSG #18)

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Today’s project idea from Susan at Living with Punks is so fabulous, I have been clamoring to try it out with my kiddos from the start! So much potential for an abundance of creativity!


Hi all!

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I’m Susan and I blog at Living with Punks. I absolutely love Positively Splendid and am honored Amy asked me over to help out with surviving the summer.   I don’t know about you, but where I’m from, it gets HOT and we spend alot of time outdoors.  So, not only is this craft outdoor-sy, it’s easy enough that you probably have the supplies on hand.
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When I was little, I had an obsession with rocks {just ask my mom}.  I would come home after school and water the decorative rocks we had around our pool so they would shine in the sun. {Insert yikes! here}   So, when I was thinking about a childhood craft, I naturally turned to rocks. Rocks are a perfect alternative to paper for painting.  They are usually in abundance and their shapes can give you a creative nudge as to what they should become.


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Acrylic paint in your choice of colors
Paint brushes
Clear satin spray sealer

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Wash/Dry your rocks to free them of any dirt (ooh, look at the shiny’s)   Sorry.

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Choose a color and completely cover it in paint

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Using alternating colors, paint a consistent design on each rock…

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Get creative…here I am using a sharpie for extra black definition

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Once you have all your rocks painted and they are dried, place on a dropcloth…

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And make ‘em all shiny by spraying them with the clear gloss spray

I suggest putting them in a glass bowl so the kids can easily see their artwork

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And what garden wouldn’t be complete without a little ladybug?

I hope you are inspired to let your kids paint some rocks today…
let their imagination run wild!

I would love to share some more ideas with you over on my blog Living with Punks
Take a look…

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Isn’t it incredible how this project transforms something as mundane as a pile of rocks into something absolutely fabulous? What a fun, simple summertime craft! Thanks for stopping by to share it with us, Susan!


P.S. Don’t forget that tonight is the deadline to get in your entries for the Ruffled Begonia pattern giveaway. Hurry over!

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8 Responses to Painted Rock Garden (SSG #18)

  1. Ali May 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    aww, those are the cutest! I’ll have to bookmark this to try later with my kiddos.

  2. Kelli @ RTSM May 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Those are so cute! There is no way my boys’ painted rocks would ever turn out that cute though…they would probably want to paint camo on theirs:)

  3. Val May 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    What an adorable project to do with the kids.

  4. Sylvie Créative May 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm #


  5. Patti May 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    have jumped over to Susan’s blog to follow here… but just wanted to say thanks for sharing this here… TOO TOO CUTE!

  6. Mrs. G.I. Joe May 25, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    Those are so cute! I wish I had a steady hand for that sort of thing. Beautiful job!

  7. Finding Charm May 25, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    What a fun summer project with the kids.

  8. Ewa May 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    briliant idea!!! registered & protected

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