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Easy Painted Rock Ideas for Everyone

It's fun, relaxing and you can usually find a free "canvas" in the backyard. Just grab a paintbrush and get started with our best painted rock ideas.

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Painted Rocks 101

It's no surprise that painted rocks are trending. They're a little piece of art that anyone can make. Some people paint rocks and hide them for others to find, like a giant treasure hunt. Others use painted rocks as creative home decor.

Scoop up some basic supplies and unleash your inner artist with our best painted rock ideas, from easy, kid-friendly patterns to marbled marvels any grown-up would love.

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Pick the Right Paint

Where your rocks "live" once dry will determine the paint you should use. Choose outdoor acrylic paint if the rocks will be left outside or in a garden. Use regular acrylic paint for rocks that stay indoors. And if the kids are helping, make sure they wear a smock or something old, as acrylic paint is permanent. For more painted rock techniques, check out these five favorites from HGTV crafter Jennifer Perkins.

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Every Shape and Size

Rocks come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors. They can be found in nature or at the local hardware or craft store. When it comes to design, let the natural shapes of the rocks be your guide.

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Farmhouse Story Rocks

Whether you’re looking to ease summer boredom or simply want to encourage your child to step away from the TV screen, check out this painted rock idea that uses a farmhouse theme to make storytelling a little more fun.

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