Monday, December 30, 2013

Rock Painting Ideas: Wild Animals

I have a new Pinterest inspiration board for painting wild animals on rocks which I'll be adding to regularly.

Ideas: Wild Animals Rocks

You can paint all types of wild animals on rocks, either realistically or cartoon-like. Many people have a favorite animal they like to collect and painted rocks are great, personalized gifts for any occasion! 

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Visit my Pinterest Rock Painting Ideas and Helps board to get inspiration for other painted rocks projects.

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks

Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY Stable for Nativity Sets Painted on Rocks

On a trip to my local craft store, I found an object in the unpainted wood department I used as a stable for a painted rock nativity. 

  • Unfinished wood key/letter caddy
  • Glue
  • Bark chips
  • Moss
  • Wooden star (optional)

  1. The unpainted, wooden letter/key caddy was rotated so that the arched back now became the stable's floor
  2. Brown acrylic paint mixed with water was applied to the unfinished wood with a rag, followed by a coat of gloss sealer
  3. Thin wood chips were glued along the front sides of the rotated caddy
  4. Thicker wood chips were glued to the top of the rotated caddy to embellish the roof of the stable
  5. A thin layer of glue was painted on the floor of the stable and natural moss was then attached
  6. A large wooden star was painted silver; gold glitter paint was added for highlighting
  7. The star was attached to a slim wooden stick and glued to the back of the stable

The before and after picture shows the finished stable. Note that the rounded back of the unpainted letter/key caddy became the floor for the stable.

For another variation of the DIY stable, I removed the star and used a Mother and Child painted rock.

This DIY stable was made using a small, wooden, letter/key caddy. The craft store also carried a larger caddy that would be suitable for displaying larger or additional nativity scene figures painted on rocks.

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks

Monday, December 9, 2013

How to Make a Melting Snowman with Painted Rocks

"Build" this snowman in the warmth of your home instead of braving the cold, frosty outdoors.

  • One flat rock and a smaller round or oval rock
  • White, black, red, orange acrylic paint
  • Glue (I used E6000) 
  • Protective sealer (optional)
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Step 1: Glue the smaller rock onto the larger, flat stone.

Step 2: Paint the stones white. (You may need to apply several coats of paint for good coverage.)

 Step 3: Paint the eyes, carrot nose, mouth, stick arms and buttons.

  • Use 3-D fabric paint for the eyes and buttons
  • Use buttons for the eyes and buttons
  • Attach sticks for the arms instead of painting them
  • Add glitter glue to give the snowman a glistening effect
  • Attach small, painted stones for the eyes and buttons
  • Attach a pretty ribbon to make a hanging tree ornament
  • For an outdoor display, use a round garden paver for the melting body and a large stone for the head
  • Melted snowman cookies were the inspiration for this project 

A melting snowman is an easy rock painting project and great for Christmas stocking stuffers.

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks