Learn how to turn an ordinary rock into a skull with a little acrylic craft paint and your imagination.
These spooky painted rocks are really easy to make. Your kids can paint a bunch to set out on your front porch for the Halloween season.
We love to use rocks for crafting here in my daycare. One of my boys favourite projects were these painted Halloween rocks we made years ago.
They were fun to make, and they’ve held up really well considering they’ve lived in my garden for the better part of a decade.
How to Make Painted Halloween Rocks:
Supplies and materials:
- acrylic craft paints
- paint brushes in various sizes
- craft varnish (optional)
Gather some good sized rocks and scrub them well to remove any dirt or debris.
Let them dry thoroughly before painting them.
With acrylic craft paints, transform your rock into spooky skeleton faces.
To Varnish or Not to Varnish…
We didn’t bother to seal or varnish rocks. You certainly could, but our painted rocks have been out in my garden for about 10 years now., and they still look great. I never bring them inside or shelter them from the elements.
The top photo in this post was taken today and the bottom photo was taken ten years ago when we made them.
As you can see, they’ve held up very well despite sitting in my garden in rain, sleet, snow and sun all year round.
What do I do when Halloween is over?
When Halloween is over, and I no longer want to display the spooky faces we painted on our rocks, I just turn them around so they look like regular garden rocks to anyone walking by. When October turns around, I turn them again so they’re facing the street.
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.