St. Patty's Day Rocks!

Craft a whimsical treasure hunt for the garden.

A fun treasure hunt awaits in the garden with these sham"rocks." 

A fun treasure hunt awaits in the garden with these sham"rocks." 

Crafting a treasure hunt for the kids in the garden is an easy way to get them outdoors and exploring. A few of these magical, painted rocks make for fun and easy treasures. These sham"rocks" are simple to create and they make a wonderful family project and small gifts for children's friends. Here are the supplies you need to get started: 


  • Newspaper
  • Small, flat rocks
  • Green paint
  • Gold paint or liquid gilding paint
  • Small paintbrushes

Take a peek at the photo gallery below for more directions on how to create these sham"rocks:"

Painted Rocks How-To

See All Photos


A fun easy family craft for St. Patrick's Day.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Get Painting

Paint each rock green. Allow the rocks to dry completely, then flip them over and paint the backs.

Make the Shamrock

With gold paint, start with two adjacent circles and then add another circle on the top and one on the bottom. Be sure all four circles are joined together and then add a stem.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Hide and Seek

Once your painted stones are completely dry, bring them outside and hide them throughout the garden.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Next Up

7 Cheap + Easy St. Patrick's Day Crafts You Can Make With Card Stock

You'll be ready to show your festive side with these easy and budget-friendly crafts.

Easy St. Patrick's Day Craft: DIY Stamped Clover T-Shirts

Protect your little leprechaun from would-be pinchers with this adorable eraser-stamped four leaf clover t-shirt.

Printable Banner for St. Patrick's Day

Decorate for St. Patrick's Day with this simply "Lucky" printable banner.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Toppers

Dress up yummy cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day with festive toppers.

Play With Your Food: A Mother and Baby Bird

Make some garden art you can eat with this great craft for kids.

Create a Leprechaun Garden

Bring the outdoors inside with this charming garden centerpiece.

Creepy Craft: How to Make Apple Shrunken Heads

A delightfully sinister family craft using seasonal apples.

How to Make Plant Decorations

Do-it-yourself garden decorations can add a colorful touch to your outdoor space and work double duty as plant identifiers.

Play With Your Food: Make a Mouse

Make some garden art you can eat with this great craft for kids.

A Fairy Container Garden

Learn how to create a miniature world where things are small in scale and huge with possibilities.


Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.