Simple Flowers Painted on Rocks

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Have you tried painting on rocks yet? This is my first time, so I wanted to come up with at least three ideas for simple flowers painted on rocks that a beginner would be able to easily create.

You can display your rocks outside or inside your home. I think they would make cute porch decor or you can place them on your patio. You can even use the rocks as paperweights or give as gifts.

SIMPLE FLOWERS PAINTED ON ROCKS

The completed simple flowers painted on rocks craft project - brightly painted rocks

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • yard rocks
  • 6 multi-surface craft paints
  • small bristle head paint brush
  • liner paint brush
  • pencil
  • Sharpie black marker
  • straight pin with ball head for dotting
  • sealer – optional

STEP 1 – PAINT BASE COAT ON EACH ROCK

After washing your rocks and they are dry, use white paint to cover the majority of your rock. Leave the bottom unpainted. 2 coats will be needed.

STEP 2 – BASE COAT ACCENT COLORS ON EACH ROCK

Use three different colors of paint to cover the tops of each rock. Leave some white showing as seen in the photo below. 2 to 3 coats will be needed. See photo below.

TIP: Use a hair dryer to speed up the painting process throughout this project.

3 rocks painted green, red, and blue for the simple flowers painted on rocks craft project

STEP 3 – SKETCH THE FLOWERS

Lightly sketch the flower design on each rock using a pencil. See example photos #3 and #4 below.

STEP 4 – BASE COAT THE FLOWER

Paint 2 to 3 coats of paint inside your sketched flower.

TIP: If you make a mistake sketching, use a wet Q-tip or paper towel to lightly rub away the pencil marks. Too much rubbing and the paint will come off.

flower sketch on red rock
blue simple flower painted on red rock

STEP 5ADD EMBELLISHMENT DETAILS

To give your easy flower shapes some pizazz, you’re going to embellish them with black sharpie marker and tiny dots.

Outline the flower shapes with a black sharpie marker. Also, outline the white stripe, top and bottom.

Add lots of yellow dots to the center of the blue flower. Use the straight pin head to dip in paint and then dot. Keep dotting until the red center no longer shows.

blue flower in step 5 for the simple flowers painted on rocks

Next, dot the blue petals following a backward “J” pattern, as seen below.

Begin making black checks with the sharpie along the white stripe. The marker will not completely cover the surface, so you will need to use the liner brush and black paint to go back and complete the coverage.

THE FIRST ROCK IS COMPLETED – see photo below

blue and red rock #2 completed for the simple flowers painted on rocks craft project

STEP 3Lightly sketch the flower design on the rock using a pencil. See photos #3 and #4 below.

STEP 4Paint 2 to 3 coats of paint inside your pencil marks.

sketch of the simple flower painted on rocks project
red flower painted on green rock

STEP 5 – Embellish the rock with details by outlining the flower shape with a black sharpie marker. Also, outline the white stripe, top and bottom.

Add yellow dots at the top of the flower, but don’t completely fill that area. Use the straight pin head to dip in paint and then dot.

step 5 for the green and red simple flower painted on rock craft project

Use the liner brush to paint yellow thin lines on the red petals. See photo below.

Begin making black checks with the sharpie along the white stripe. The marker will not completely cover the surface, so you will need to use the liner brush and black paint to complete the coverage.

THE SECOND ROCK IS COMPLETED – see photo below

simple red flower design painted on a green rock with black and white check outline

STEP 3 and 4Lightly sketch the flower design and then paint 2 to 3 coats inside your marks. The petals will be red and the center is green.

simple flower sketched onto a painted rock

STEP 5Embellish and detail the rock by adding yellow dots to the green center, and use the liner brush to make thin lines on the red petals. See photo below.

Begin making black checks with the sharpie along the white stripe. The marker will not completely cover the surface, so you will need to use the liner brush and black paint to complete the coverage.

THE LAST ROCK IS COMPLETE – Wait, what about the BUMBLE BEE…….

simple flower design painted on a blue rock with a bee and black and white check outline

HOW TO ADD A BEE TO YOUR DESIGN

Sketch out a body and head design, and use dots in those areas to completely cover. Use the liner paint brush to make thin lines for the antennae and legs. I mixed a bit of yellow into white paint and brushed that on for the wings and dotted eye.

I enjoyed painting these simple flowers painted on rocks and I hope you will as well!

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It’s time for another monthly “Under 10 on the 10th” blog hop. I’ve joined with a group of creative bloggers to share our spring projects with you that cost less than $10 to make. Below, you’ll find the links to view their inexpensive decor and craft ideas that you can create yourself. Be sure to visit each one! UPDATE 2024 – craft supply prices have increased.

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Terrie @ Decorate and More with Tip ~ Hydrangea and Ivy DIY Topiary

Niki @ Life as a Leo Wife ~ Rope Bunny

Marsha @ The Little Yellow Corner Store ~ Bunny Fern and Her Breakfast Tablescape

Sharing my floral painted rocks on these fabulous blogs!

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Allyson

Allyson is the founder and content creator of Southern Sunflowers, which shares tutorials for DIY crafts and decor on a budget.

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12 thoughts on “Simple Flowers Painted on Rocks”

  1. Allyson, Thanks for sharing over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! We will be featuring you this week, starting on Wednesday! Have a great week! CHEERS! Team Creative Crafts

  2. Allyson, I fell in love with your whimsical painted flower rocks. They have a style similar to McKenzie-Child’s with their black and white checks. So colorful and perfect for the front porch, flower bed, yard art or among the veggie garden. Such delightful details. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Happy Easter.

    1. Marsha, I’m glad you like my flower rocks! I love using the black and white check design. I have to hold myself back in using it too much in my projects. I couldn’t resist it for my rocks, though. 🙂

  3. These are darling! They would be adorable in planters or in the garden. It would be so much fun to use them in geo caching. I think it’s so cool when you find neat things that other people have handmade when you get to the location. You should make a “geo caching” pin for those looking to make something for it!
    Happy Hopping!
    Niki

    1. Niki, I’d not heard of geo caching and had to look it up ~ LOL. Good idea to put them in planters, I didn’t even think of that. I should go ahead and spray them with an outdoor protectant.

  4. Allyson your rocks are super cute! We have a rock hunting club here in our town. You paint the rocks and then hide them in plain site for others to find. And then you paint a rock and leave it somewhere in town. They are in the parks, downtown, just about everywhere. Your rocks would fit right in and maybe win the award for the cutes! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Tammy, I’ve heard of ‘kindness’ rocks, but didn’t know about rock hunting clubs. Sounds fun and I’m all in for trying to win an award ~ lol.

  5. Allyson, the attention to detail is amazing. They look beautiful when you first said painted rocks I was thinking hmm, but these are gorgeous. I am definitely going to try this this Summer although you have set the bar high.

    1. Corine, believe me when I also thought “hmmmm” when I started my rock project ~ LOL. They actually look better than I had anticipated. You just never know when you try something new for the first time. Glad I inspired you to give rock painting a try.

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