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


  1. Really adorable! I saw this same theme in a clear glass ornament, however the ornament has the opening in the side. I love your version! Thanks for sharing..

    1. Thanks for the comment and compliment. Yikes, Christmas is 6 months away! Time to start searching for melting snowman stones.

  2. I LOVE, LOVE your painted rock snowman! I really like your shading from the twig arms as well.
    Grandma Nancy in central IL

    1. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic compliment about my snowman, Grandma Nancy. I've learned that a little shading can really bring a painted rock to life.

    2. fabulous...making my own as we speak!

  3. I love this, but where do you get the oval flat rock?

    1. Kim, I was fortunate to find both rocks where I live. A landscaping supply store would be a place to try if you can't find these types of stones in your natural environment.

  4. it is so adorable. my daughter loves smowmen decorations. i am going to try to make it for her

    1. I'm happy to hear you like the snowman painted rock and will be making it for your daughter! Thanks for commenting.