Christmas Stones – Kindness Rocks!

Christmas kindness rocks completed

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 RocksNorthumberland 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
Getting ready to spray paint our Christmas Kindness Rocks outside
Ready to spray our rocks

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.

    Christmas kindness rocks Spray painted and drying outside
    Spray painted and drying outside
  • 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.

Christmas kindness rocks completed
Christmas kindness rocks completed

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.

Look out for another idea today from Claire’s Little Tots, and tomorrow’s ideas from Mummy and Monkeys too.

Please pin for later:

We made some Christmas themed Kindness Rocks to hide in our local area, and for others to find. Want to see how we did it? Click through to find out more
Christmas stones – please pin for later

Also proud to be linking with Thimble & Twig’s Christmas Little Makes

20 Replies to “Christmas Stones – Kindness Rocks!”

  1. These are truly fantastic.

    1. Thank you so much Helena!

      1. popping back via #littlemakes

  2. What a great idea. We have someone or perhaps it’s more than one person, who leaves kindness rocks on Jersey. They are beautifully painted with inspirational quotes. This post has made me want to add to them with some festive ones. Such a lovely thing to do with the family too.

    1. How lovely to find a beautifully painted one (not a rank amateur effort like ours!). Every bit helps though eh?

  3. Kate The Muddled Mum says: Reply

    What a lovely idea – I really hope it makes someones day finding one of your little Christmas kindness stones #ChristmasLittleMakes

    1. Thanks Kate, I hope so too!

  4. Oh my, these are just adorable. Thank you ever so much for joining in with this year’s kid made Christmas series.

    1. Our pleaseure – thanks for having us!

  5. […] Christmas Rocks, Kindness Stones really make my heart sing.  What a fabulous idea from Family […]

  6. This is such a lovely idea – I’ve not heard of them before! I want to start this tradition with my two now! xx

  7. We have made story stones before but I love the idea of kindness stones and the spray paint in genius! Which brand did you use?! Thanks for joining in #christmaslittlemakes

  8. These are so cute. I want to make some with little lady. I lobe festive creations.

  9. Wow these are fantastic such a great idea my son would love doing some of these

  10. Great idea! Love that you would collect these in the summer and then save for Christmas/
    It becomes a Holliday momentous! #christmaslittlemakes

    1. That’s a good way of thinking about it!

  11. My kids found a kindness stone near our house. They’d love to make their own, thanks for posting this

    1. That’s great, I hope it helps to inspire you!

  12. […] discovered the idea of rock painting and hunting from my lovely friend Carol over at Family Makes. Rock painting is so much fun! We love going out and hiding our rocks for other people to find too. […]

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