6 Quick and Easy Rock Art Projects

Looking for a few fun ways to turn the rocks in your backyard into an art project? Does your child need a last minute gift for dad or grandma? Then look no further than this short list of quick and easy rock crafts! Make a colorful paperweight for dad, transform a rock into your new pet frog, or decorate your garden with painted stones!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Frog Rock

    My kids love to chase frogs and collect leaves...so I thought making a frog out of leaves would join these two loves in perfect harmony! We took a little nature walk to find the perfect-sized rock for our slimy frog and collected the perfect shade of green leaves. Together these nature findings became a very adorable froggy friend!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Marbled Paperweight

    These pretty rainbow rocks are perfect for brightening up your desk! With just some nail polish and water, you can transform an ordinary rock into your own marbled paperweight.

  • Visual aid of how to complete "My Dad Rocks" Paperweight

    This is such a fun and creative gift for your child to make for someone special!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Melted Crayon Rocks

    When I was a kid I used to love making melted crayon art on my mom's 70s-style hot plate. There's just something magical about how the wax spreads and creates such vibrant colors. Plus, it smells terrific! I went looking for how to make melted crayons without a hot plate so I could share that experience with my kids, which is how I discovered melted crayon rocks. Of course, you can create these rocks in a rainbow of colors, but we decided to make a set in red, white, and blue for Memorial Day. They're handy for weighing down napkins and a picnic, and they make great paper weights.

    One important note: This project requires close adult supervision. ALWAYS check and make sure the rocks are not too hot to handle safely before decorating.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Fall Friends
    Fall Friends

    (Ages 3-8)

    There are so many fun things to discover on a walk outdoor in the fall: acorns and other tree nuts, colorful leaves, fallen sticks, and ever-present rocks. We've been collecting things on each walk and decided to turn them into an open-ended art project. My kids got their creativity going and created some really cool characters. The best thing is that you can just use whatever craft supplies you have on hand--no need to purchase anything new or special. A little imagination is all you need to get this project going.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Garden Rock
    Garden Rock

    (Ages 3-8)

    My kids love being in the garden, so making them feel like it's their special place, too, is important to my husband and I. Garden crafts are a great way for them to personalize this space and get involved.


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