Invite your child’s friends over for a fun Friendship Rocks exchange. Use this easy tutorial to help kids paint and personalize these rocks to give to their sweet friends.
Hey there! It’s me again. Marina! I hope your child enjoyed the DIY printable bookmarks I shared a few months ago. Well, I’m back with a sweet (and, yes, easy) activity your kids will love, especially as it involves their friends. As a Mama of three, I’ve moved my craft drawers to the garage so my 9-year-old and her friends can help themselves to my supplies whenever they play outside. Watching a child express creativity is just the best!
Friendship Rocks are a great activity for kids of ages to get involved in. There is no right or wrong way to decorate a rock but to help make things a little easier for your child and their friends, I will share a quick tutorial. Then, display your painted rocks in the garden with some painted ombre planters.
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How To Make Friendship Rocks
This easy art tutorial makes painting rocks an activity that is manageable by a 3 year old, with a little help or a 9 year old with no assistance needed at all.
And if you have any leftover rocks, make some rock photo holders next!
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need for this Friendship Rocks project.
Craft Tools Needed Per Child:
- Smooth rocks. (I recommend ordering these river rocks)
- Acrylic paint– pick colors of choice.
- Wiggly eyes
- A heart template for the kids to use (optional)
- A Sharpie (optional)
- Glue for the wiggly eyes (optional)
- Glitter (optional)
Tips to Keep In Mind When Making Friendship Rocks
There are no wrongs when it comes to art.
This project is meant to encourage a child’s creativity.
If a child wants to paint using just one color, then great!
If a child chooses to use several paint colors, wonderful!
If a child chooses to use glitter, fantastic!
(If your child chooses to decorate with glitter, encourage them to sprinkle glitter over the rock while its base paint is still wet. This way, you won’t need to use any glue.)
Allow each child to have free reign in artistic creativity. That’s what makes each Friendship Rock special.
What sort of paint should I use?
I recommend using acrylic paints for durability, especially if the recipient chooses to put the Friendship Rock outdoors in the garden.
Watercolors are not as durable.
Do I need a heart template?
Absolutely not! Older children can freestyle draw the heart on each stone,
while younger ones may get the help of an adult to do this.
What sort of glue do I need to get the wiggly eyes to stick on the rock?
If you notice, I added glue as an option. While the paint is wet, you can add on the wiggly eyes and allow the paint to set, with the eyes intact.
If you prefer glue, I recommend white liquid or all-purpose Tacky glue.
All set to make Friendship Rocks?
How to Make A Friendship Rock
- 1 or more tubes Acrylic Paint
- 1 River Rock
- 2 Wiggly Eyes
- 1 heart template (optional)
- 1 bottle glue (optional)
- 1 bottle glitter (optional)-color of choice
- 1 Sharpie (optional)
- Paint the rock's base, ensuring each layer sets before painting over colors.
- Once the base is complete, use a heart template or paint one using the Sharpie for an outline
- Now paint the heart
- Before the paint dries, carefully poistion the wiggle eyes on the heart
- Once the paint dries, draw the smile on the heart's face.
Aren’t these adorable?
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