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Christmas Ornament Painted Rocks

Add some nostalgia to your holiday decor with these vintage-inspired DIY Christmas ornament painted rocks.

Christmas ornament painted rocks set against Christmas ornaments and a vase with pines.

Painted Rock Christmas Ornaments

After years of painting rocks; everything from sunflowers and daisies to shamrocks and sharks; we’re still finding creative ways of rock painting. One look at these vintage styled Christmas ornaments was just the inspiration needed to get out my paint supplies and get crafting!

Beautiful, intricate and colorful glass ornaments bring back loads of memories from my childhood. As a kid, I remember admiring the detail in each of the Christmas ornaments that hung from the tree. Although these rocks won’t hang in quite the same way; they do look really pretty scattered throughout the house:)

Supplies Needed:

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A Few Tips To Get You Started

  • Protect work surface with sheet of newspaper.
  • Wash the stone and let it dry completely before painting. 
  • Allow paint to fully dry between steps and when changing to a new color.
  • Repeat with as many coats as needed to achieve desired coverage.
  • Take extra care when using a hot glue gun to avoid injury.

How to Make Christmas Ornament Painted Rocks

For Circular Ornament:

Paint the surface of the rock in bahama blue.

Blue painted round rock

Next, paint two curved horizontal stripes on either side of the middle section.

Adding horizontal stripes to the middle of the rock.

Paint decorative shapes on either end of the rock as shown using a fine tip paintbrush and then using the opposite end of the paint brush, dip it into metallic silver and dab three small dots along the middle section.

Using silver paint to add dots and decorative shapes on the rock.

With a fine tip brush, paint flower petals around each of the three silver dots, each one similar to a small heart shape.

Painting small hearts around the painted dots to resemble flowers.

For Oblong Ornament:

Paint the surface of the rock in royal fuchsia.

Fuchsia painted rock.

Paint two alternating curved vertical stripes in bahama blue.

Adding blue vertical lines to the rock.

Dip the opposite end of the paintbrush in metallic silver and dab a series of small dots along the center of each royal fuchsia stripe.

Painting silver dots on the rock.

Using a fine tip brush, paint decorative shapes along the length of the bahama blue stripes in metallic silver.

Painting decorative shapes on the rock.

For Triangular shaped Ornament:

Paint the surface of the rock using desert turquoise and let it dry fully before changing colors.

Blue painted triangle rock.

Then paint an oval shape with pointed ends in the center of the rock using royal fuchsia.

Painting an oval shape int he middle of the rock.

Next, paint narrow horizontal stripes in bahama blue along the sides.

Painting narrow lines horizontally on the rock.

And then paint narrow horizontal stripes in festive green just under the bahama blue stripes.

Adding more horizontal lines with green paint.

Using a fine tip paint brush, paint decorative details in the center using metallic silver.

Painting decorative shapes on the rock.

Finishing

Add the ornament caps to the tops of each paint rock by first removing and discarding the cap loop. The caps are purely decorative.

Ornament cap and cap loop.

Apply a good amount of clear hot glue to the inside of each cap and quickly, yet carefully press it firmly to the top of the painted rock ornament. Hold in place until glue sets.  The glue won’t be strong enough to hold the rocks on the tree so avoid hanging.

Adding hot glue to the bottom of the ornament cap.

This project originally appeared on DecoArt’s project gallery.

Christmas ornament painted rocks.

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Christmas Ornament Painted Rocks

Jane and Sonja
Add some vintage flare to your holiday decor with these DIY painted rock Christmas ornaments.
5 from 1 vote

Materials
  

  • Rocks medium sized
  • Acrylic paint brushes assorted sizes and tips
  • Ornament Caps
  • Hot glue gun and clear glue sticks
  • Decoart Americana Acrylics in Royal Fuchsia, Bahama Blue, Desert Turquoise, Festive Green
  • Decoart Americana Multi Surface Satin in Metallic Silver

Instructions
 

For Circular Ornament:

  • Paint the surface of the rock in bahama blue.
  • Paint two curved horizontal stripes on either side of the middle section.
  • Using a fine tip brush, paint decorative shapes on either end of the rock.
  • Using the opposite end of the paint brush, dip it into metallic silver and dab three small dots along the middle section.
  • Using a fine tip brush, paint flower petals around each of the three silver dots.

For Oblong Ornament:

  • Paint the surface of the rock in royal fuchsia.
  • Paint two alternating curved vertical stripes in bahama blue.
  • Dip the opposite end of the paintbrush in metallic silver and dab a series of small dots along the center of each royal fuchsia stripe.
  • Using a fine tip brush, paint decorative shapes along the length of the bahama blue stripes in metallic silver.

For Triangular shaped Ornament:

  • Paint the surface of the rock using desert turquoise.
  • Paint an oval shape with pointed ends in the center of the rock using royal fuchsia.
  • Paint narrow horizontal stripes in bahama blue along the sides.
  • Paint narrow horizontal stripes in festive green just under the bahama blue stripes.
  • Using a fine tip paint brush, paint decorative details in the center using metallic silver.
  • Add the ornament caps to the tops of each paint rock by first removing and discarding the cap loop.
  • Apply a good amount of clear hot glue to the inside of each cap and quickly, yet carefully press it firmly to the top of the painted rock ornament. Hold in place until glue sets.
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