Disclosure: I’m an artist with DecoArt, and they provided me with the paints discussed in this blog post. All opinions and this project are totally my own!
Want to make something fun for your fairy garden? How about painted fairy garden rocks? Paint them with outdoor paint and add some moss. Such a fun project, as you can match the rocks to the colors in the fairy garden! Let me show you how easy it is . . .
I’ve been working on some painted fairy garden houses for DecoArt and decided to paint some rocks to match.
I grabbed rocks from our backyard garden bed.
Mr. Gnome seems to approve, but I think he’s going to love them painted even more!
Painting rocks is a fun – and quick – project. And let me tell you – I found it to be very relaxing! I may just paint rocks the rest of the Summer. Can you imagine? LOL
I used DecoArt Patio Paint, which is an outdoor paint – perfect for anything that will be spending time outside, as this paint is weather and water-resistant. You can use it on rocks, cement, terra cotta, wood, etc.
Handy Tip: Place a sheet of wax paper underneath the rocks before you paint them. Paint doesn’t stick to wax paper, so you can paint your rocks more quickly this way.
Paint one side of all rocks, then flip over to paint the other side of each. Go back and fill in the edges and then let dry.
I used Desert Turquoise and Grey Skies for my painted fairy garden rocks.
The Rich Espresso color is a pretty metallic, and I like to use it for a distressed or aged look.
I watered down the Rich Espresso paint and lightly brushed it onto a rock. I immediately wiped the Espresso paint off with a damp paper towel, then set aside to dry. I repeated this process for each stone.
In the image above, you can see how the metallic paint leaves behind a nice sheen, and settles into the cracks and crevices of the rock. I love how it looks!
Moss on a roll!
I bought a roll of moss at the craft store. Yes, moss comes in rolls now – very cool idea!
Handy Tip: Keep the moss in a plastic bag while you work with it, otherwise you will have bits of the stuff everywhere. Trust me.
I snipped off a small section of the moss, then attached it with Aleene’s Clear Gel adhesive. Press down to make sure it adheres, then set it aside to dry.
Here’s what the painted fairy garden rocks look like in the pretty blue-grey color called Grey Skies . . .
And here are some painted fairy garden rocks in the vibrant Desert Turquoise shade . . .
While I was distressing the rocks, I decided to distress some miniature garden tools for my fairy garden. I brushed on a tiny bit of the Rich Espresso paint, then wiped it off with a damp paper towel and let dry.
I think the garden tools look better this way, versus the shiny “Made in China” way they looked before.
I attached two of the tiny garden tools to one of my painted rocks with glue. I figured it’s a good spot to keep them until Mr. Gnome needs them again! (He’s magic, so he can unstick those tools any time he wants!)
I think Mr. Gnome definitely likes these rocks better now that they’re painted.
I do too!