Painting rocks is a perfect summertime activity. Take a walk on a nice summer evening, and keep your eyes peeled for larger, smooth rocks. These are the best rocks for painting. Then you can spend the next day painting rocks, before heading on another walk to hide the rocks around your community. Today I am sharing my favorite dollar store rock painting supplies, so you can embrace this craft trend on the cheap!
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DOLLAR STORE ROCK PAINTING SUPPLIES
PAINTING ROCKS WITH SUPPLIES FROM THE DOLLAR STORE
Watch this short video to see how I used various dollar store items to create three different painted rocks. Each of these designs is super easy, so they are perfect for the whole family. Head to my YouTube channel for more creative videos like this one!
WHAT DOLLAR STORE SUPPLIES CAN YOU USE TO PAINT ROCKS?
You can find plenty of supplies at the dollar store to help paint rocks. These are just a few of my favorites. These are all affiliate links, if you make a purchase (of anything from these retailers, not just these items) after clicking through, I will earn a small commission. Ads and affiliate links are the way I am able to keep this website running and to offer you free tutorials all year
- Nail art nail polish: You can create fine details with the thin paintbrush included with these polishes.
- Art palettes: These reusable plastic palettes are great for any project using craft paint!
- Makeup sponges: Use these inexpensive sponges to easily blend colors and create beautiful ombres with NO brushstrokes.
- Foam brushes: These cheap brushes apply a base coat of paint quickly and easily.
- Googly eyes: Turn your rocks into silly monsters in no time.
- Soap saver tray: Elevate the rock to let the bottom dry while you work on painting the top of the rock.
- Glitter glue: Add a touch of glitter to your rocks with less mess than loose glitter.
- Dish scrubbers: Use these scrubbers to apply paint to create texture and pattern.
- Temporary tattoos: Apply temporary tattoos to your rocks for instant designs.
SIMPLE DOLLAR STORE PAINTED ROCKS
Take a walk down the dollar store beauty aisle to find the supplies for this pretty ombre flower rock. I used cosmetic wedge sponges to create the ombre and nail art polish to add a sparkly flower design.
You can add instant designs to your painted rocks with temporary tattoos. Finish your glam rock off with dots of gold glitter glue!
Add texture to your painted rock by dabbing metallic paint on the rock with a dish scrubber. What other unexpected dollar store items can you use to paint rocks?
HIDING YOUR PAINTED ROCKS
If you would like to, you can now hide your painted rocks around your neighborhood. Tuck them in amongst the flowers in a local park, under a tree by your favorite library, or place them outside a nearby small business. The colorful rock might just unexpectedly brighten someone’s day!
If you will be leaving the rocks outside, you will want to seal them with a clear, outdoor-safe sealer first. I personally love both Mod Podge Ultra and Outdoor Mod Podge for sealing in paint and embellishments.
Where will you hide your colorful painted rocks?
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