Have you heard of kindness rocks? It’s a bit of a craze sweeping the nation! People (mostly children) decorate rocks and then hide them for others to find. They can contain nice messages or just a picture to make someone smile. There are now Facebook pages where you can record where you’ve hidden the rocks, or where you have found them. Some people then re-hide them, or create and hide some of their own. If you search Facebook for your local town or area, plus the word ‘rocks’, you might find a local group. I’ve certainly found Hartlepool Rocks, Durham & Dales Rocks and Darlington Rocks, Tyneside Rocks, Northumberland Rocks.
So, as we’re hurtling headlong towards Christmas at an alarming speed, we decided to make some Christmas-themed kindness rocks. I’m all for a few acts of kindness at Christmas time. If you love your painted stones too much once you’ve made them, you can always use them to weight down your Christmas tree pot, or arrange them by the fire, or in a bowl (depending on their size), or outside your door to welcome visitors to your house.
We will be hiding our Christmas kindness rocks where we used to live, as the boys thought it would be particularly nice if some of their old friends found them, perhaps in the park on their way to school. So watch out for them if you’re in the area…!
Here’s how we made our Christmas kindness rocks:
You will need:
- A selection of rocks or stones, the smoother and flatter they are, the easier to paint
- Paints, preferably waterproof if you’re going to place stones outside
- Paint pens or Sharpies for decorating
- Sticky labels if required for writing a message
- Glitter glue or glitter and glue, if desired, for decorating
What to do:
- Paint your stones in your desired background colour. We used spray paints, but you may also want to try acrylic paint. Poster paint or watercolour is fine if you aren’t planning on putting the stones outside, or if you plan to seal with varnish afterwards. They don’t give as good coverage though.
- Once dry, paint the bottom of your stones. We had a bit of a Pinterest fail – the spray paint ran under the stones and stuck them to the newspaper we were painting on, so try to avoid this by lifting them as soon as possible after the top is dry.
- When both sides are dry, go to town with your design. I encouraged the children to draw theirs out first. Toby sketched his on paper, Hugo drew his onto the stone in pencil.
- Add a message to the bottom of your stone. If it is too bumpy, you might want to put it on a sticky label (and hope it doesn’t get wet!). For example, Toby wrote “Merry Christmas from Toby, please share on Facebook if you find this”.
It really is that simple! Speaking of simple, I’d recommend that you keep to a very easy design. You’ll see me say on the video that I have the skill to make all of my artwork look like it was done by a 5-year-old! But really, unless you have epic painting skills, a simple design is just as effective. It’s more about the joy of finding a painted stone whilst out and about.
If you decide to keep the designs at home, you might want to keep all of the stones the same colour, perhaps with various patterns of snowflake or bauble on them. Or maybe you could be very brave and attempt a Christmas Nativity scene in stones? Please let me know if you do, I’d love to see them. Share with us on Facebook or Twitter.
We are linking this post as part of Kid Made Christmas with Mum In The Mad House. She has compiled a whole month of Christmas crafts ideal for kids, so please pop over and see what else there is to make with your family. Yesterday there was a fabulous Christmas Tree Luminary from Teach Me Mommy.
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Also proud to be linking with Thimble & Twig’s Christmas Little Makes