This Grinch Painted Rock Tutorial is Perfect for a Grinch Movie Craft!

I love how fast and fun this Grinch painted rock tutorial is. It’s definitely a fun Grinch movie craft to do with the kids when the mood strikes!

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Making this Grinch painted rock is a fun holiday rock kids craft!

Grinch Painted Rock Tutorial

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we truly love the Grinch Who Stole Christmas movies. The kiddo finds some excuse to watch it a lot during the holiday season, in every version that’s ever been produced. And even not during the holiday season, she loves a good Grinch movie night. So we often find ourselves watching the green guy and adding a fun craft to it to extend our fun.


This time it was a Grinch painted rock. We’re all about the painted rocks lately and this tutorial is so easy, it’s crazy not to make one! So, if you’re ready to do some crafting in Whoville, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make A Painted Rock Grinch

  • I like to start by looking for rocks outside but, if you do that, be sure not to remove any from a park or other protected natural areas. Start by looking in your own yard, where you can be fairly certain the owner won’t get upset. If you just can’t find the best rocks, I love the awesome rocks ready for painting here or find some at a local hardware store, or even at a local landscaping company. However, I don’t bother with the rocks you find at your typical craft store. They often are made with a coating hat will keep the paint from sticking. 
  • Before doing any painting, make sure your rocks are super clean and very dry. The paint will not stick on a wet rock and can flake off if the rock is dirty. But, what does stick? Pencil. So you can sketch your design onto the rock while you wait for it to dry.
  • I prefer to use acrylic paints, just personally, but you can also use paint pens/markers like these here, artist pens, gelly roll pens, markers, highlighters, etc. But, one reason I like acrylic paints is that some of these other methods can require a second coat if you want really opaque colors. So just be aware of that.
  • After your painting is done, take a few minutes to seal the rocks. Whether you decide to use a spray sealant or your more typical craft sealant like Mod Podge, putting a good sealing on your rocks is going to keep your rock art from washing off in the rain or fading in the sun.
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How Do I Make this Grinch Painted Rock?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Grinch Painted Rock

Grinch Painted Rock Tutorial

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In two shakes of a who-beast, this Grinch painted rock tutorial will have you painting as many Grinch rocks as you'd like!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • 2-3” oval rock
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • White pipe cleaner
  • Red cardstock
  • White pom pom
  • Mod Podge (optional)


  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks


  1. Paint the whole rock green. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  2. Lightly sketch the Grinch's features onto the rock then paint these features with black paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  3. Paint the two eyes with yellow paint. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  4. Place a small dot of red to the eyes for a pupil. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  5. Add a coat of sealant to complete the basic Grinch rock.
  6. To make the hat, cut a triangle shape 1 1/2-inch wide at the base and about 1 1/2-inch tall from red card stock.
  7. Glue a 1 1/2-inch long piece of white pipe cleaner to the bottom edge of the red triangle and the white pom pom to the tip.
  8. Affix the completed Santa hat to the top of the Grinch rock and enjoy! photo collage tutorial of how to make a grinch painted rock


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More Holiday Painted Rock Tutorials You Might Like

  • How to Paint a Snow Globe Rock – One of my favorite holiday crafts ever, I love just making a fun painted rock like this that can be customized.
  • Snowman Story Stones – Story stones are a fun way to bring the rock painting craft to life and this is one of my favorites!
  • Winter Fox Painted Rocks 3 Ways – One fox, 3 poses. Or…three foxes. Whatever way you look at it, this quick tutorial is perfect for making fun winter fox painted rocks!
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