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Turning Easy Painted Rocks into Picture Magnets

Alright, so it might be true that we may have a slight obsession with rocks. This thought came to mind as I was rummaging through my stash of rocks looking for the perfect shape and size to use for making these picture magnets from some easy painted rocks.

Small rocks painted to look like teal and blue birds placed on a dark wood background


I was inspired by the shape of these, which loosely resemble a bird (in my opinion, that is). They are small, lightweight, smooth surfaced and flat on both sides making them the perfect option to turn into magnets. They have a small curve at the top so they kind of also resemble a heart shape.

These painted rock magnets would look adorable on the fridge or on a DIY magnetic board like we’ve done here. For the full how-to instructions for upcycling an old cookie sheet into a magnetic board, check out the post here.

A white pegboard filled with crafting supplies including easy painted rocks crafts

Materials needed for making painted rock magnets:

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Instructions for making these easy painted rocks:

Dip your paint brush in Blue Lagoon color and paint the rocks so they are fully covered on all sides. Apply as many coats as necessary to achieve desired coverage. Leave paint to dry fully between each coat.

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Using a fine tip paint brush, paint a wing shape onto the rocks in True Blue as shown.

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Using a fine top paint brush, paint the small triangular shaped beak in Orange Sherbet as shown.

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To paint the bird eye, dip the end of the paintbrush in black tie and lightly press the end onto the rock.

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Leave the paint to dry fully before moving on to the next step.

Instructions for turning painted rocks into picture magnets:

Once the painted bird rocks are fully dry, you can attach them to the magnets.

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Using gloves to protect your hands, carefully apply a generous amount of Krazy Glue to one side of the magnet.

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Press the back side of the painted rock on to the magnet. Hold for 10-20 seconds before releasing your finger.

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Put aside to adhere fully for about an hour before using.

turning easy painted rocks into magnets

You can turn any small, flat painted rock into a picture magnet. We have over a dozen more rock painting ideas to try!

And rocks don’t always have to painted, in fact, they also look beautiful just as they are, like these earthy rock and fossil fridge magnets or even simply displayed as  a rock’n wall art.

Enjoy your newly painted nature-made rock magnets! What is your crafting obsession?

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Lewis Adely

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Outstanding! Such a brilliant idea to make picture magnets with small rocks. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I must want to try this.

Margie Dimmer

Saturday 13th of October 2018

Just finished reading your words and gosh I wished I had a sister that would join me in my pursuits of crafts, you are both blessed to have each other. As of yet I haven't painted any rocks and for the life of me I do not know why. There are "many how to" paint rocks in many different ways. Yes I think I have read many of them sometimes twice. Slowly I have been collecting paint supplies since our most recent Spring season.. Being a lover of rocks I am very lucky to have many and different size and types, I am 70 years old and have been collecting rocks since the age of four or five years old.. None of the paint I bought has any foul odors,because I am on oxygen always.That is not why I haven't painted any rocks yet and I have no clue as to why I haven't. Perhaps I just needed to read about the sister team and the how to magnetic painted rocks. Thank you for your enthusiasm and I think can hear my rocks calling out to me.. And to all you rock fans I wish you all. Love and Rainbows margie.

Daniya Gardener

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

I love doing DIYs ! Especially frame magnets and sticky magnets ! These are so nice ! easy and classy ! will definitely try ! keep posting more !

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