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How to Mod Podge on Rocks and Make Them Pretty

Decorate some pretty stones for your garden or desktop with a little bit of decoupage. It’s easy to Mod Podge on rocks and the results are so pretty!

Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a bonus video! You’ll learn the basics of painting and Mod Podging stones with a fun project. I know you’re going to love it.

decorate stones with Mod Podge and paper

With Pinterest available at our fingertips, crafting sometimes becomes all too complicated. There are so many great ideas and tutorials that the most simple crafts often get overlooked.

I am prone to fall into the trap of “bigger and better” when it comes to crafting. The more unique and complicated, the better it is! But I’ve learned that that’s not always the case.

Sometimes the most simple crafts can be the sweetest! These little rocks are one of those decoupage ideas that couldn’t be easier! They offer a big impact when grouped together in a bowl, given as a small gift or found hidden out in the garden.

This isn’t the first time we’ve crafted with rocks around here! We love painted rocks and also have a post with some rock painting ideas and tips. The difference between those posts and this one is that we’re going back to the basics – no paint is used in this project.

And the best part about this little spring craft is that it is so cheap! You probably already have everything you need on hand to whip these up in no time.

Grab some stones, some leftover paper or fabric and Mod Podge and you are ready to go! Such a cute gift for Valentine’s Day or any time of year.

Scrapbook paper, rocks, Mod Podge, and scissors

Mod Podge on Stones

Here’s what you will need:

  • Smooth stones
  • Mod Podge Matte or Mod Podge Gloss – OR if you want them water resistant for outside, Mod Podge Outdoor!
  • Fabric or paper scraps
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
Applying a thin layer of Mod Podge to a rock with a paintbrush

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge Matte onto the stones.

Cutting out hearts from scrapbook paper with scissors

Cut some hearts out of fabric or paper scraps.

Applying the paper heart shape to the rock and brushing over the top with Mod Podge

Place them on the stones and cover with another layer or two of Mod Podge.

decorate stones with Mod Podge and paper

Allow them to dry and you are finished! Aren’t they so sweet? What will you Mod Podge on rocks? Let me know in the comments!

Yield: 1 rock

Decorate Stones

decorate stones with Mod Podge and paper

Learn how to Mod Podge on rocks with this simple tutorial! These pretty stones made sweet gifts or garden decor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • Smooth stones
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Outdoor sealer
  • Fabric or paper scraps


  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors


  1. Wash and dry the rocks to remove any dirt or residue.
  2. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto a stone.
  3. Cut a design out of fabric or paper scraps.
  4. Place onto the stone and cover with another layer or two of Mod Podge. Allow to dry.
  5. If the stones will be outside, cover them with an additional layer of Mod Podge Outdoor or polycrylic sealer.

Did You Make This Project?

Please leave a rating or share a photo on Pinterest!

Are you ready to see the bonus project? Make cute flip stones using the tutorial below. It’s really cute and easy – just press “PLAY” in the center of the video in this post!

How to Mod Podge on Rocks Web Story

Robert L Tubbs

Friday 29th of March 2024

I use guesso first to seal my rocks then i paint what i want to then finish with polyurethane does work as well i,am new to this

Shelley Collison

Monday 5th of June 2017

They look nice. When I do my rocks or stknes I paint them first. I find it makes whatever you decoupage on pop more!


Monday 5th of June 2017

Ooh - that's a great idea Shelley!!

Thelma Wickwere

Wednesday 31st of May 2017

What a great idea! Make some cute garden markers for vegetable starters (maybe using the seed package), identify herbs. Oooh, now I just have to get some nice flat rocks!


Wednesday 31st of May 2017

I love this site I have learned a lot of things to do with modpodge Thank you


Tuesday 30th of May 2017

Flower petals on rocks. leaves on rocks pictures on rocks.

Deena mckellar

Friday 2nd of June 2017

Has anyone done a photo on a rock? Was going to use a rock and put pictures of grandchildren on them to give to their dad for Father's Day. Will it work?

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