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9 Ways to Decorate Rocks for Handmade Gifts

by Jean Van't Hul
September 8, 2023
Decorate rocks as gifts

If you are looking for a sweet and simple handmade gift, decorate rocks! Here are some of our favorite ways to make and give decorated rocks.

Updated October 2023

There are so many ways to decorate rocks, and they all make lovely handmade gifts. You can give them to a friend, teacher, or neighbor. Or leave them in a special spot in your neighborhood as a surprise for someone!

Here are some of our favorite ways to decorate rocks to give to someone special!

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Decorated Rocks as Handmade Gifts

Melted Crayon Rocks
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

1. Melted Crayon Rocks

You can make melted crayon rocks by heating rocks in the oven and then coloring on them with crayons. The heat from the rocks melts the croons as you color and makes a gorgeous painted effect. This is something we’ve done many times over the years and is one of our favorites. 

Wishing Stones
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

2. Wishing Stones

Wishing stones are a special, personalized gift for friends. Start with melted crayon rocks and add your message with Sharpie markers.

Heart Stones
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

3. Decoupaged Heart Rocks

Make simple decoupage heart rocks with smooth rocks, fabric hearts, and Mod Podge for Valentine’s Day. These make a fun and easy gift for friends, neighbors, or classmates.

Glitter Heart Stones
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

4. Glitter Rock Valentines

Or try making rock valentines. They are super simple to make and involve three favorite art materials of every child we know —rocks, glue, and glitter.

hide and seek rocks
Photo by Andrea Martelle

5. Hide & Seek Rock Painting

Use acrylic paint, or a fun rock painting kit, to make sweet designs and pictures on your rocks. When you’re done painting, spread kindness to the people in your life by hiding your rocks in your neighborhood or local park.

autumn leaf rocks
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

6. Autumn Leaf Rocks

Look at these lovely fall beauties! Tiny autumn leaves mod podged to small rocks. Very simple, attractive, and quite seasonal, they make the perfect autumnal gift!

Story stones

7. Make a Set of Story Stones

Paint a series of pictures on rocks to use as story stones. You children can rearrange them in different ways to tell all kinds of stories!

christmas keepsake rocks

8. Christmas Keepsake Stones

Keepsake stones are a wonderful way for children to create handmade gifts for their friends and family for the holidays. When it comes to decorating your stones, there are endless possibilities.

painted rock house
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

9. Make Painted Rock Houses

These charming little rock houses are super fun and easy for kids to make, and using rocks as a canvas is surprisingly satisfying. When finished, leave them in your neighbor’s or friend’s garden as a surprise gift!

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