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Painted Rock Garden Markers

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

I realize it’s getting a little late in the season for garden crafts. However, I made these garden markers from smooth stones for my Chicago Tribune column early last month and frankly, didn’t want to wait until next spring to show you! I’m really happy with how they came out and love all the different colors.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

It’s kind of like planting forever flowers to add a splash of color to an all green herb garden.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

This is a bit picture heavy as I wanted to show you each marker in its environment… there is a picture-free printable version at the very end of this post.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Just in case you are wondering, I didn’t paint the bottom of the rocks. Two reasons for that: 1) why bother ha ha, and 2) all of DecoArt’s paints are non-toxic, but just to be safe from anything leeching into the soil I didn’t paint them. They won’t be seen anyway.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

I can’t wait to see how they do over the winter too..

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

I used Patio Paint for these. Patio Paint is made by DecoArt and is specifically formulated for outdoor projects. These markers have been outside since the first week of June and have been subjected to daily watering and quite a few rainstorms. They still look just as good as they did when I first put them out there.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

As far as keeping them outside all winter, I will have to test that. I plan to wrap all of them in plastic sandwich bags, but I’ll leave one exposed to see how it does. I know that many people like to leave their markers out so they know where their perennials will come up each spring. I’ll be sure to update this post next spring with my results.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

I’m hoping they do well, as many of these plants I will have again next year.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Have you ever grown kale? Wow does it sprout up! This is my first year growing it and I am really pleased with how well it’s doing.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

To make these garden markers you will need some smooth stones. You can find them in your yard or garden, or you can buy a bag from the craft store. I used a piece of paper to map out which rocks to use for each plant. Obviously, some plants will require a larger rock because of the number of letters in its name, so it’s a good idea to plan that ahead of time.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Paint the top of each one with Patio Paint, let them dry, and paint a second coat. Don’t paint the bottoms as they will be touching the earth. Notice that I placed the painted rocks on the foam board in the same order that I had them on the paper I used to map them out.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

To write the plant names on the rocks, I used DecoArt glass paint markers because they are my favorite, but you could also use a Sharpie. HOWEVER, if you use a Sharpie, please be sure to allow the Sharpie to dry for a good hour before adding the clear coat over the top. Sharpies are notorious for bleeding.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

To decorate, use the handle end of a large craft paintbrush to dot on various spots in different colors. Use a smaller paintbrush handle to add smaller spots. Finally, use the tip of a pencil or a toothpick to add tiny white dots to the center of the larger dots. Allow the rocks to dry for 2-3 hours. Apply Patio Paint clear coat and allow them to dry overnight.

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

Painted Rock Garden Markers by @amandaformaro - CraftsbyAmanda.com

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Painted Rock Garden Markers

Rating: 51

Painted Rock Garden Markers

What you need:

  • Smooth rocks
  • Patio Paint or outdoor craft paint in various colors
  • Black paint marker or Sharpie
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil or toothpick
  • Patio Paint clear coat or clear outdoor sealer

What you do:

  1. Wash the rocks and dry them thoroughly. It may be necessary to let them sit for an hour or so as rocks are porous and can absorb water.
  2. Which rocks you use with depend on what you have growing in your garden. For example, you will need a longer or larger rock for “marjoram” than you will for “kale” as there are more letters to fit on the rock. You can use a piece of paper to map out what rocks will get what names.
  3. Paint the rocks in desired colors. For the longest life of your plant markers, it’s important to allow adequate drying time; allow at least 1 hour between coats. Some colors may need more coats than others in order to cover.
  4. Once your rocks are painted and dry, use a black paint pen or Sharpie marker to write the names of your plants on each rock.
  5. To decorate, use the handle end of a large craft paintbrush to dot on various spots in different colors. Use a smaller paintbrush handle to add smaller spots.
  6. Finally, use the tip of a pencil or a toothpick to add tiny white dots to the center of the larger dots. Allow the rocks to dry for 2-3 hours.
  7. Apply a clear coat and allow them to dry overnight.
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30 Responses to Painted Rock Garden Markers

  1. 1
    Kandi says:

    Absolutely LOVED the idea! You are soooo creative Amanda. Thanks so much for sharing all your creative projects. :)

  2. 2
    Connie says:

    You did it again, Amanda… yet another craft that makes me go “Ew, how cute!” I love your style and creativity, and really enjoy your work!

  3. 3
    PrisCilla says:

    Just pinned this…..love it!

  4. 4
    Shaina says:

    I adore this idea. So creative and colorful.

  5. 5
    Kristen Duke says:

    Great idea! I love the colorful dots :)

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    Kelly says:

    Super cute, Amanda! I love the pops of color too!! xo

  7. 7

    These are so cute, Amanda! You always have something that makes me want to try crafting again!

  8. 8

    My kids would LOVE to make these, so fun!!

  9. 9
    DM says:

    Nice idea ! I might try it !

  10. 10

    Amanda—can you contact me at [email removed for privacy purposes] regarding permission to use your rock plant labels in our publication? ASAP. Thanks.

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    Denise Grant says:

    Amanda…I just started painting on rocks…read about letting the sharpie art dry completely before sealing to avoid bleeding…but what if we don’t totally paint the rocks with acrylic paints, how do you seal or make the naked rock shines? I did spray clear paint and even like black spray paint and it stays sticky and doesn’t seem to dry….I will also try those paints and markers made for out side….thanks hope to hear from you soon…..
    Happy rock painting
    Denise

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    susanne says:

    sharpie and Elmer’s acrylic paint pens bled once I sprayed them with the clear sealer. Ugh! I tried waiting overnight…didn’t matter…keeps bleeding. will try painting the sealer on.

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    Jennifer says:

    I want to do these for a VBS. But I’m wondering about how much time this took. I don’t want it to be a labor intensive project and I want the kids to be able to take it home 2 hours later.

    • 17.1

      Hi Jennifer. The main painting aspect doesn’t take that long, but adding the polka dots can be time consuming. I would suggest just skipping the dots if you have time constraints :)

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    Susan says:

    Would like to know how the painted garden rocks held up over winter?
    They are so fun, I would love to try them.
    Thanks

    • 18.1

      Actually they did really well! They were outside the entire winter, buried in snow etc. I just wiped the dirt off of them in the spring and they are in my garden now :)

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