In these strange and uncertain times, all of us are looking for ways to stay connected and spread a little hope. Here is a very simple way to do just that. These kindness rocks are super-simple to create and even the smallest crafters will enjoy helping. When they’re finished, they’re perfect for hiding around the neighborhood for folks to find. Put them near mailboxes, neighbors’ porches and other places where they could be spotted as people are taking a walk. They’re a simple way to remind your neighbors to smile, keep the faith, and that we’re all in this together.
rocks, any shape and size will do
acrylic or multi-surface paint
paint markers (optional)
Step 1: Collect and clean your rocks.
We found a bunch in our backyard under a tree. Believe it or not, the rocks you find in nature are actually better for this project than the ones you can buy at craft stores, because the pre-packaged ones have a shiny coating that keeps the paint from adhering properly. Wash the dirt off the rocks and let them dry.
Step 2: Paint a base coat of color on each rock.
Usually one coat of paint will do the trick!
I like to use bright, cheerful colors that won’t blend in too much with the sidewalk or the ground. Let the base coat dry completely before you move on to the next step.
Step 3: Add words and pictures with paint markers or a small detail brush.
Flowers, hearts, rainbows, stars, smiley faces…anything you paint is sure to bring a smile. I like using my paint markers because it gives me more control and I’m able to do hand lettering and more detailed designs. However, if you don’t have any on hand, you can just use a small paintbrush instead.
Step 4: Spray your rocks with a clear acrylic sealer.
This will help protect them from rain damage if they’re going to be outside long-term. If you don’t have any sealer, though, don’t let that stop you from creating these! They will still look great and bring joy to those who find them.
Step 5: Hide those rocks!
Think of it like hiding Easter eggs for toddlers…don’t make them too difficult to spot! You want them to be visible so that your neighbors don’t just walk right by without seeing the message of hope and cheer.
Want more ideas? Here are 5 ways to spread hope and kindness during a pandemic.