When we go anywhere it seems like the boys like to collect all kinds of rocks. I have rocks in bags, in the garage and even in my car. When we were up at the Lake this past weekend we went to Meadowbrook Marsh where the boys collected even more rocks.
Last summer we decided that we would paint some of our rocks. I bought the paint but we never got around to painting them. This year, since we had so many rocks, we decided to finally pull out the paint and decorate our rocks.
I had purchased this outdoor paint from Wal-Mart for about $1.00 a bottle. It’s just an outdoor paint that can be used on things like stone and concrete. I just checked the labels to see what the different paints would adhere to and this one seemed the best.
It was a bit breezy the day we painted the rocks so we sat out in the grass in case any of the paint spilled. I figured that it would be best not to paint on my parent’s white picnic table! We ended up painting our rocks on paper plates since the grass was sticking to the paint. I put some paint on each of our paper plates so that it was easier to share the 3 bottles of paint that we had. We also used a separate paper plate to let them dry. The paint is supposed to be water resistant on the rocks after it cures for 48 hours. Since it is a water based paint it did wash easily off of our skin. However, the old clothes that the boys were wearing to paint are now their new painting clothes as the paint did not wash off of the clothes.
By the time we were done painting with our red, white and blue paints, we had one puddle of purple paints left! The boys decided that mixing the paint colors together was just as much fun as painting the rocks. Plus now we had an additional color!
This was a nice and simple project to do on a sunny afternoon. The boys loved how their rocks turned out and even mom made a few too.