Pretty, shabby-chic painted stones are an easy rock-painting project for both Easter and year-round display.
- Smooth stones - any shape (oval rocks will look like painted eggs)
- Acrylic paint in a muted color (I used "Light Buttermilk")
- Black 3D fabric paint (also known as puffy paint)
|Supplies used for shabby-chic painted rocks|
How To Make Shabby-Chic Painted Rocks
Cover your stone with acrylic paint and allow it to dry.
Using a pencil, draw a swirly design on your painted stone. You can go around the edges, down the middle, whatever you like.
|Draw a swirly design|
Use the black 3D fabric paint to outline your sketched swirls. (You want the line to be raised.) Allow the fabric paint to dry for 4 hours.
Once the black 3D fabric paint is dry, cover it with your original color and allow it dry.
Use sandpaper to carefully scrape off some of the paint on the raised design so the black shows through.
Paint different, muted colors and vary the placement of the swirl design.
"Mod Podge" flowers or other vintage images onto the stone.
Display your shabby-chic painted stones in a pretty dish or bowl.
- Vintage paint colors are pale and muted - good colors to use are dusty rose, pale green, yellow ochre, cream, etc.
- Practice with your 3D fabric paint first; it can be tricky if you've never used it before
- Matte 3D fabric paint works better than shiny but you can use either one as long as it's black
- For a raised line, hold the 3D fabric paint bottle like a pencil and angle the tip while outlining your design
- I did not use a sealer on these rocks because I wanted them to look "old" and the sealer would add shine
- When you Mod Podge a design onto the rock, tear around the design's edges rather than cutting; the design will blend better into the stone. It also helps to add some of your paint around the design to camouflage the edges
The inspiration for this project was a DIY idea for Stylish Easter Eggs I saw on Pinterest.