Looking for some fun rock painting ideas? Turn ordinary stones into adorable little pumpkins. These watercolor-inspired painted rock pumpkins are a fun and versatile fall decor idea: use them as napkin weights, in your fall vignettes or in the garden.
Rock Painting Ideas
We’ve really enjoyed the rock painting trend and jumped on this past summer. We painted some rock sharks as well as these woodland animals and these friendly critters.
So of course we had to try painting some pumpkins – most beach stones have kind of a pumpkin shape after all! These painted stone pumpkins were actually inspired by some watercolor pumpkins Jane painted. We turned them into lovely free printable Thanksgiving place cards which you can download.
The little watercolor pumpkin rocks are quite easy to paint and only need three colours of paint each. We’ve used them as napkin weights, clustered them together on a shelf or you can even put them in your garden outdoors. It’s just fun trying to paint on a different surface.
Materials Needed for these Painted Pumpkin Rocks:
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For this painted rock idea you’ll need:
- rounded rocks with a flat surface for painting (we have beach stones for sale available in our Etsy shop)
- DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin Paint*
- Teal pumpkins: Coastal Waters, Cotton Ball, Cocoa Bean
- Pink pumpkins: Lipstick, Cotton Ball, Cocoa Bean
- Orange Pumpkins: Orange Sherbet, Cotton Ball, Cocoa Bean
- Gray Pumpkins: Steel Gray, Cotton Ball, Cocoa Bean
How to Paint Rock Pumpkins
Here is a quick step-by-step video of the pumpkin rock painting process (say that 3 times fast!). Subscribe to our YouTube channel for nature-inspired DIY, craft and home decor ideas each week. If you’d prefer, visit DecoArt.com for the written rock pumpkins tutorial and additional rock painting ideas.
If you enjoyed this simple Thanksgiving decor idea be sure to check out Sonja’s entire Rustic Fall Home Tour for more fall decorating ideas and her woodland-inspired Thanksgiving tablescape. Finally, we’ve recently painted a set of super fun Christmas themed rocks!
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- rounded rocks with a flat surface for painting
- DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin Paint (Deep Turquoise, Cotton Ball and Cocoa Bean for teal pumpkin)
- Paint an elongated, vertical oval shape along the midline of the stone.
- Next, paint elongated, vertical ovals along either side of the first oval.
- Repeat this with two more ovals, one on either side of the previous ovals.
- Dip the tip of your brush into the Deep Turquoise and blend it with the white. Use this light blue to paint along the outside curves of each oval.
- Paint a thin line of Deep Turquoise along the outer edges of the ovals.
- Blend over the Cotton Ball areas again.
- Add a stem to the top of the pumpkin.