These garden gnome story stones are perfect for a fun Spring project. Decorating your outdoor area has never been so much fun!
Garden Gnome Story Stones
Here are Ruffles and Rain Boots, my daughter shares my passion for gnomes. We combined my love of gnomes with her love of rock painting and created these cute and simple gnome story stones to share with you. They are a great way to get creative with your child through art and storytelling!
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Tips to make this Gnome Rock Painting
These tips may give you a little bit of helping with making this gnome rock painting.
- The smoother the stones are, the better as younger kids will more easily paint on a flat surface.
- If you find stones outside, give them a rinse and light scrubbing.
- There are no blueprints for designs here – let the kids get as creative as they’d like. My daughter later added a fire hydrant to her set.
How do I make these Gnome Painted Rocks?
I’m so happy you asked. Here are some written step-by-step directions for making them with ease.
- Large smooth stones
- Clear spray paint
- Puffy fabric paint
- A pencil
- Small basket, pouch, or bucket for storage
- Gather up all your supplies.
- Wash your stones well to remove any dust or oil, this helps the paint adhere much better. Dry completely. I have seen small bags in craft stores now but the best place to purchase your rocks is at a landscaping/rock supply store.
- Before you begin on your stones brainstorm some things that you would like to include on them and sketch them out on paper first to practice. We even use our colored pencils to get an idea of details.
- Now take your pencil and draw out your general shapes, even on the dark stones the graphite lead gives a nice outline to work from.
- Trace your outline in the colors you want each part of your image to be. If a child is doing it or you don’t feel you have a steady enough hand you can draw in one color section at a time and allow it to dry while you move on to the next rock or dry them a bit quicker with a blow dryer on a low cool setting. While you can paint with a small brush if you have a steady hand I love to work with the paint bottles with a small tip, I am able to get so much more detail and cleaner edges with the plastic tips on small stones.
- Fill in each of your outlines, you don’t have to keep squeezing out more paint, use the tip to push the paint around to fill it in completely.
- This is how it will look once filled.
- Allow paint to dry thoroughly then take your rocks outside and give them 1-2 coats a clear spray sealant to help them stay bright and sharp for a long time.
- Put your stones in a bucket, basket, or drawstring pouch to store, they also make a lovely handmade gift for children!
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