If you’re looking for Christmas rock painting ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be the first to admit it, we are a little obsessed with rock painting these days. If you’ve already given it a try, you know how fun and strangely relaxing it can be to paint rocks!
Today we’re joining 19 of our Canadian blogging friends for a Christmas Craft Blog Hop hosted by the lovely Shannon at AKA Design! At the end of this post you’ll find links to nearly 2 dozen fun, festive and inspiring Christmas crafting ideas. From decorations, gift wrapping ideas to greeting cards and more, you’ll find tons of beautiful holiday crafts to try.
Christmas Rock Painting Ideas
Rock painting continues to be a popular trend. It’s fun and relaxing to make little works of art on this tiny, natural canvases. Keep reading below for our tutorial on how to paint magical little elf shoes on rocks just in time for Christmas. And for additional Christmas rock painting ideas, check out these projects we’ve recently shared on the DecoArt website:
Hand-letter some chalkboard-inspired stones with thoughtful phrases.
These festive painted rocks would look adorable placed together under the tree.
With these little helpers Santa is sure to get those gifts delivered in record time.
Stay warm and cozy with all your knitted winter-wear essentials 🙂
Simple Painted Snowflake Rocks
Stay tuned for our post on how to paint these simple snowflake rocks, coming soon.
Supplies needed to make Painted Elf Shoe Christmas Rocks:
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- Rocks with a flat surface, approx. 2” diameter (we used flat rocks with angled edges for this but any shape of rocks will do)
- Americana Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Lipstick, Apple Green, Turf Green, Cotton Ball
- Americana Decor Metallics in Soft Gold or this Americana Multi Surface Satin Acrylic in Gold would look great too
- Small acrylic paint brushes in assorted sizes (with fine tips for detailed work)
Instructions for Painting Elf Shoes on Rocks:
Here are some helpful tips before you get started:
- Wash the rock and let it dry completely before painting.
- Protect work surface with sheet of newspaper.
- Allow paint to fully dry between steps and when changing to a new color.
- Repeat each step as needed for additional coverage.
Paint an elf shoe shape onto the center of the rock in Lipstick red color.
Using a fine tip paint brush, dip the brush into soft gold metallic color and add a small bell to the tip of the elf shoe.
Paint the zig zag band at the top in Apple Green color. Leave the paint to dry fully and then add an additional coat of paint for better coverage.
Once dry, add a decorative band in Turf Green color over top of the red and green portion of the shoe.
The instructions are the same for each style of elf shoe. Simply alternate the colors to get a new look and add different decorative details to the shoes like we’ve done here.
These Christmas rock painting ideas are so cute and versatile. You can gift a few (literally put rocks in someone’s stockings 😀 ) or cluster a set together on your holiday mantle (see some on our Cozy Coastal Christmas mantel). They’d make lovely napkin weights (see our painted rock pumpkins on our woodland themed Thanksgiving tablescape) or use them as story stones. Also, the multi-surface paint can be used outdoors: place some in your garden or porch or leave them at the park for a neighbour to find.
We scatter ours everywhere around our homes. The painted Joy rock looks lovely with our Buffalo plaid painted wood crate.
And once we’re through the holiday season, you can continue with the rock painting trend by making these painted shark rocks in plenty of time for the summer.
More Inspiring Christmas Craft Ideas
Now it’s time to see all the other fun and festive craft ideas from our fellow Canadian bloggers. Be sure to stop by and visit them for your Christmas crafting inspiration.