By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.
Rock hunting has quickly become a popular family activity. Communities band together to decorate rocks then hide them for someone to find. The finder is encouraged to post a photo to the Facebook group to let the person who painted it know it was found then hide it again or keep it if they love it. My area just started a Facebook rock group so I decided to try something a little different using junk mail and Mod Podge for my first set of rocks. I can’t wait to see how many times my rocks get found and found again.
What you need:
- smooth rocks like river rocks
- paint (I used acrylic craft paint)
- junk mail with cool pictures
- Mod Podge
- sealant spray
Lay your rocks out and choose images that will fit on a smooth part of each of your rocks. My junk mail came from Disney Movie Club mail, store sale ads have great images in them too that would be perfect for this project.
Trim your images so they are a good fit for the rocks.
Paint your rocks to match the image background for each rock. You may need to paint several coats of paint, just let the paint dry between each coat.
When your rocks are dry and ready, apply Mod Podge to the backs of your images and firmly press to the rocks surface. Wait 15-20 minutes then apply a coat of Mod Podge on top the image and around the edges. Apply 2-3 top coats letting each coat dry before adding another. If your rock group has a tag then add it to the back of your rock. Finish off with a sealant spray to weatherproof your rocks.
Have fun with your kids hiding your rocks and finding rocks others have painted. Rock hunting is a great way to have fun and be active, you may even make some new friends!