150+ Unique Things to Paint on Rocks

Jump start your creativity by picking an easy rock painting project from the idea list, and get started! Pick one category of things to paint on rocks or mix them all up, the key is to just start painting.

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Not sure where to begin? Use my Rock Painting Supplies Guide to get an overview of what you need to get started painting rocks.

Choosing a Rock Design Idea

It’s often easier to start with a basic idea of what to paint on rocks rather than a specific project. This is especially true if you are painting with a mixed age group or one with different experience levels.

If you’re choosing a rock painting idea for adults or more experienced painters, you can make the design more involved and add extra embellishments. For children or beginners, a simpler design is an easier place to start. 

Choose a suggestion from the list, and paint your own interpretation!

Nature Things to Paint on Rocks

Painting rainbow on green rock using paint markers.
  •  Fall leaves
  •  Mushrooms
  •  Sunshine
  •  Clouds
  •  Fruits and Vegetables
  •  Seashells
  •  Rainbow
  •  Trees
  •  Snowflakes
  •  Sunset
  • Coral reef
  • Plants and Botanicals
  • Earth
  • Cactus

Painted Rock Phrases

Snarky shark painted rock on white background
  •  Inspirational messages
  •  Snarky quips
  •  Outdoorsy quotes
  •  Knock-knock jokes
  •  Geeky phrases
  •  Movie quotes
  •  Puns
  •  Motivational messages
  •  Book quotes
  •  Haiku
  • Greetings
  • Jokes

Holiday Icons to Paint

Halloween painted rock eyeball held in front of other painted eyeball rocks on orange background
  •  Halloween eyeballs, ghosts, pumpkins, and bats
  •  Christmas ornaments, trees, and wreaths
  •  Valentine’s Day hearts and love words
  •  Thanksgiving turkeys
  •  July 4th flags, stars, and firecrackers
  •  Mothers’ Day bouquet
  •  St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks and gold
  •  Hanukkah stars and menorahs
  •  Easter eggs
  •  Octoberfest pretzels and beer
  • Gingerbread houses
  • Sugar skull designs
  • Mardi Gras masks
  • Chinese Lanterns

Animals to Paint on Rocks

One blue and one yellow painted rock birds in a child's hands.
  •  Unicorn
  •  Turtle
  •  Panda
  •  Birds
  •  Safari animals (lion, zebra, giraffe, etc)
  •  Fish
  •  Butterflies
  •  Flamingos
  •  Squirrel
  •  Octopus
  • Dragons
  • Dogs and Cats
  • Chameleon
  • Farm animals (cows, pigs, chickens, etc)

Flowers to Paint on Rocks

hand holding painted cream rock with colorful flowers, while other hand draws circle details with white pen.
  •  Roses
  •  Dahlias
  •  Daisies
  •  Hydrangeas
  •  Hibiscus
  •  Bird of Paradise
  •  Tulips
  •  Daffodils
  •  Sunflowers
  •  Poppies
  • Lotus
  • Irises
  • Orchids
  • Pansies

Doodled and Patterned Rock Designs

This would be adorable to make at camp! Ombre heart painted rock from Carla Schauer Designs. See easy painted rock ideas from carlaschauer.com. #easypaintedrocks #paintedrockideas #paintedrocks #rockpainting #decoratedrocks #ombre #heart #heartart #polkadots
  •  Dots
  •  Mandalas
  •  Ombre
  • Flowers
  •  Stripes
  •  Swirls
  •  Stars
  •  Spatter paint
  •  Tie Dye
  •  Animal print
  • Chevron
  • Paisley
  • Zentangles
  • Feathers

Summer Ideas for Rock Painting

Oval rock painted blue with a yellow sunshine, sitting among unpainted rocks.
  •  Ice cream cones
  •  Beach chairs and umbrellas
  •  Starfish
  •  Kites
  •  Beachball
  •  Flip-flops
  •  Sports
  •  Swimming
  •  Popsicles
  •  Sandcastles
  • Sunshine
  • Sand dollars
  • Watermelon
  • Festive cocktails

Travel Themes for Painted Rocks

Adventure green painted rock with multicolored arrows on wood background
  •  Mountains
  •  Beach
  •  Road Signs
  •  Tents and Campers
  •  Backpacks
  •  Hiking Boots
  •  Airplanes
  •  Boats
  •  Country Flags
  •  Trains
  • Maps
  • Compass
  • Major landmarks (Great Pyramids, Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, etc)
  • Passport stamps

Story Stones Themes for Rocks

Closeup photo of painted rock stones with black camping icons.
  •  Princess
  •  Vacation
  •  Cars and Trucks
  •  Knights and Dragons
  •  Camping
  •  Pets
  •  Home and Family
  •  Zoo Friends
  •  Day at School
  •  Robots
  • Gnomes and Fairies
  • Weather
  • Wizards and Magic
  • Under the Sea

Science Things to Paint on Rocks

Rock painted with galaxy on white background.
Galaxy Painted Rock from Carla Schauer Designs
  •  Galaxy Painted Rocks
  •  Beakers and test tubes
  •  Element Symbols
  •  Molecules for Caffeine or Serotonin
  •  Microscope
  •  Stethoscope
  •  Rocket Ship
  •  Volcano
  •  Fossils and bones
  •  Dinosaurs
  • Brain
  • Petri dish
  • Cell diagrams
  • Interlocking gears

Hobby Themes for Rock Painting

  • Sports
  • Art reproductions or supplies
  • String instruments
  • Photography icons
  • Game pieces and boards
  • Gaming controllers
  • Gardening tools
  • Piano keys
  • Stamp images
  • Surfboards
  • Stacked books
  • Bicycle
  • Quilt blocks
  • Food drawings

Use these ideas as-is, or as a jumpstart for your own creativity!

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