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Painted Easter Rocks for Your Decor

Unlock the magic of the holiday with vibrant painted Easter rocks! A simple, joyful way to add a splash of color and creativity to your seasonal decor.

Skills Required: None. You’re going to be painting on a surface as well as using paint pens. This is project is simple even if you’ve never crafted before.

easter painted rocks

Easter is around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking, “How many chocolate eggs can a person consume before turning into an actual Easter bunny?”

But it’s time to put down the candy, because today I’m going to share a fun holiday craft idea that is perfect for both kids and adults: Easter rocks.

Not the kind you’d sprinkle in the drainage ditch near your garden, but the kind you can paint, decorate your home with, and maybe even give to someone as a quirky little handmade gift.

I’m going to show you how to turn ordinary (smooth) stones into adorable Easter-themed treasures. Think Easter eggs, bunnies, and chicks. And the best part? You only need paint, paint pens, and a dash of creativity (wine optional for the adults, but highly recommended for inspiration).

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But I have the artistic talent of the rock itself.” Well, guess what That’s the beauty of painting rocks for Easter; it’s all about having fun and embracing the imperfections.

Plus, I’ve got all the tips and tricks to make sure your Easter painted rocks turn out looking like mini masterpieces—or at least like something you’d happily display on your mantelpiece.

Whether you’re looking for a fun family activity, cute holiday decor, Easter basket or party favors, or just an excuse to avoid spring cleaning a little longer, decorating Easter rocks is the way to go.

So, grab your rocks, roll up your sleeves (or don’t, if you’re going for the paint-splattered look), and join me in creating some egg-ceptional Easter decorations that will rock your world.

easter rock painting

Trust me, by the end of this, you’ll have more painted rocks than you’ll know what to do with – and maybe, just maybe, you’ll have found a new favorite craft. Let’s hop to it!

Tips for Painting Rocks

Choose the Right Rocks

Look for smooth, flat rocks as they provide the best surface for painting. River rocks are ideal because of their naturally smooth surface. Avoid surfaces with too many crevices or bumps.

Clean the Rocks

Before painting, wash with soapy water and let them dry completely. This removes dirt and grime, ensuring the paint adheres well to the surface.

Prime Your Surface

Applying a primer or a base coat of white acrylic paint can make your colors pop and improve durability. It creates a non-porous surface that allows the paint to stick better.

Use the Right Paint

Acrylic paint is the best choice for rock painting because it’s waterproof, dries quickly, and comes in vibrant colors. For a glossy finish, you can use acrylic paint markers or add a sealant after painting.

Experiment with Tools

Apart from brushes, explore using sponges, toothpicks, and stencils to create different textures and designs. Dotting tools can be particularly useful for creating precise dot patterns.

Seal Your Rocks

To protect your artwork, especially if the rocks will be kept outdoors, apply a clear sealant. This helps prevent weather damage and keeps the colors vibrant.

cute easter painted rocks

Like any art form, rock painting improves with practice. Be patient with yourself as you learn and experiment with different techniques.

Gather These Supplies

  • Flat, oval shaped rocks
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Mod Podge – use Gloss or Matte for indoor, Outdoor for outdoors
  • Paint pens (optional) – I recommend Posca markers
  • Other tools (to use for painting)
  • Pencil

Tips and Thoughts for This Project

If you’re going to do a lot of rock painting, I highly recommend getting a set of dotting tools. These allow you to try different effects and make dots of all sizes (including really small ones). Toothpicks are also great for making small dots.

easter rocks painted

Get the printable how to card for this craft below:

Yield: 8 rocks

Easter Rocks

easter painted rocks

Discover the joy of Easter with our step-by-step guide to painting rocks. Perfect for families looking to create memorable, festive decorations!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Dry Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Flat, oval shaped rocks
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint pens (optional)


  • Other Tools (to use for painting)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil


  1. Find oval shaped rocks with a flat side for this craft. Wash and clean your rocks to remove excess debris. Using a pencil, sketch your design idea onto the rocks.
  2. Using an appropriate sized round brush, paint your first layer carefully and let it dry.Painting the first layer of purple and white paint onto the rocks
  3. Once the first layer is dry, add your details. Tip - use a thin paintbrush for bigger details, and the other tip) of your paintbrush for dots. You can also use needle-tip squeeze bottles for detailing, or paint pens if you aren’t precise with a paintbrush. Let dry completely.Add Details onto the Painted Rock
  4. Once all the paint is dry, apply a moderate layer of Mod Podge to seal your painting and protect it from scratches and paint chipping. Let dry completely.Mod Podge Painted Rock
  5. If the rocks will be exposed to extreme rain or shine, I recommend adding a UV and/or waterproof sealer to the top of your rocks. Let dry completely before placing outside.Outdoor sealer applied to the rocks

Did You Make This Project?

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Did you enjoy this Easter craft? Let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other ideas:

Bunny CanvasBunny Mason JarsGlitter Easter EggsGold Confetti EggsHappy Easter SignWood Easter BunnyYarn Eggs


Thursday 28th of March 2024

Fantastic! We have some river rocks in the yard so I painted a few and top coated them for protection. Because we have collected a lot of Easter decorations over the years I made these for outside. I placed them next to a concrete bunny in a cozy spot in the garden. My wife was surprised by it and loved it.


Friday 29th of March 2024

Oh that's awesome Tom! I bet she did love it!

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