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Painted Rock Garden Markers


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 a clear coat and allow them to dry overnight.