How to Make a Decorative Garden Stone
- smooth rocks and/or pavers
- outdoor craft paint in assorted colors
- small paintbrush and/or dabber
- colorful glass discs, tiles
- all-weather adhesive
- stencils (optional)
- fixative (optional)
Step 1: Make Inexpensive Garden Markers
Whether it's the dead of winter or the middle of a blooming summer, there's always color in the garden (and a story to tell) with a hand-painted stone. You can transform a rock into a plant or row marker, a message rock or simply dress up a planting bed. Painting and personalizing rocks is an easy, fun, half-day project that kids love to do and, even better, grandmas and teachers love the results.
Step 2: Prepare the Rock
Clean rock, removing dirt, sand and loose particles. Dry. Plan and sketch out your decorating scheme or artwork. Apply a base coat (optional).
Step 3: Paint the Rock
Paint the designs you have in mind — like names of plants — either freehand or using stencils. Paint abstract designs and other decorations. Allow to dry.
Step 4: Add Embellishments
Add decorative touches by gluing colorful glass marbles or tiles onto the rock following the directions on the adhesive package. If advised, work in a well-ventilated area.
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