Anyone can create garden art and plant markers. Here's how to do it.

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

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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

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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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