Chalk Paint Stenciled Garden Rocks

How to make rock art with stencils

DIY Stenciled Garden Rocks

Introducing my DIY stenciled garden rocks! I’m out in the backyard again today with a quintessential summer craft – rock art painting. I wanted to give this traditional kids’ summer camp idea a little grown-up twist with the help of Martha Stewart Vintage Decor paint and this set of botanical stencils. Now I know why this activity has been around for ages – it’s just plain fun!

painted rocks

You’ll want nice smooth river rocks for this rock art project. I had been eyeing my neighbors rocks in their landscaping and they were nice enough to let me come over and do some rock hunting for this post!

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These rocks would add a pretty touch to your garden, nestled alongside a potted plant, or even brought indoors to use as a paperweight, doorstop, or coffee table decor! The muted chalky Vintage Decor paint and wax I finished them with gives them a sophisticated look. Here’s what you’ll need to make easy rock art:

Supplies for Stenciled Garden Rocks

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How to Make Easy Rock Art

Step 1: Apply base coat of paint

Wash your rocks thoroughly and allow to dry completely. Cover with one coat of Vintage Decor (or similar chalk) paint. I painted the top side of the rock, let it dry to the touch, and then turned over and painted the bottom side. One even coat should be enough to cover the rock completely – this paint goes on so great!

painted rocks with chalk paint

Step 2: Stencil on design

Find the smoothest surface of the rock and tape your stencil to the rock using painter’s tape. I found it was easiest to cut out the stencil to make it better fit the rock. Even the smoothest of rocks aren’t completely flat, so you’ll need to use your hand to hold the stencil flush with the rock while you stencil. You can also use more flexible adhesive stencils for this project. They would form to the rock better than stiffer plastic stencils. Use just a small amount of paint on your brush (dab off excess before stenciling) and use an up and down blotting motion. This will prevent paint from seeping under the stencil.

how to stencil rocks

Step 3. Remove stencil

Carefully peel off your stencil to reveal your pretty design!

stenciled garden rocks

Step 4: Finish with a coat of wax

Once the paint is dry, you can apply a coat or two of Vintage Decor wax with a cloth. This protects the paint on the rock and gives it a nice sheen.

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These are so pretty I want to paint more! I wonder if my neighbors would mind if I steal some more rocks from their yard? 😉

DIY Stenciled Garden Rocks

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This is post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as part of the #12MonthsofMartha program. All content and opinions are my own.

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  1. Hi, I love your painted rocks, in my fav color. Did you cut your stencils yourself? If not, where did you purchase?

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