Grab some rocks from the backyard and turn them into an afternoon of creativity with the kids. You’ll need some indoor activities to let little ones get imaginative with over school break, but you don’t have to break the bank to do it. These 15 rock crafts are perfect for the kiddos to dive in and do this summer. Scroll through some of our favorites below.
The House That Lars Built turned a set of backyard rocks into a fun game of dominoes. Have the kiddos help to paint the designs and then gather everyone around for a round of play. It’ll become an interactive and creative summertime craft.
How adorable are these mini cacti pots? Not only are they easy to take care of (because they’re not real) but they’re easy to whip up too. Check out the tutorial at Fab Art DIY.
If you’re looking for a fun DIY frame project – particularly for DIY gift ideas – check out this one from Splendry. Gather round some rocks from the craft store and create some unique and texture. And don’t forget to add your favorite snapshot.
4. Fairy Houses
The entire family will have fun getting in on this project. And then you will have something to decorate the garden with. Check out how to make some personalized fairy houses (made from rocks) after the jump to Rhythms of Play.
5. Collection Display
If you already have a beautiful collection of rocks – or maybe the kids do – get together to create a display for them. You can learn how to do it with some help from Lay Baby Lay. It serves as a function but as beautiful wall art too.
6. Image Transfers
One of the most unique ideas on the list – learn how to transfer a photograph onto a rock. How amazing would this piece of decor be for a side table or mantle? Surprising indeed. Learn how at Mojo Savings.
7. Flower Art
We found some more garden or patio art to start creating. The idea was found at Having Fun and we love how personalized the project can be. Add color, leave it neutral, just do what feels good to you.
The Crafting Chicks will walk the kids through creating their very own moon rocks. It’s the perfect summertime activity to grab the little ones’ attention for the afternoon. Hop on over now and jot down the details.
These Christmas-inspired rocks are a fun holiday project to get involved in. Even if you whip these up over the summer, you can put them away and decorate the front porch once the holiday season comes to call. Grab ideas at Sustain My Craft Habit.
10. Fun Designs
Here are some more fun designs to grab rock painting inspiration from. If you just want to get creative and use some backyard pieces as blank canvases check out Typically Simple for some fun inspiration.
Add some of the rock art to the fridge. Everyone in the fam can get involved and have their designs displayed proudly. We found this particular idea at Alisa Burke.
12. Faux Crystals
How amazing are these faux crystals? Grab some rocks and some nail polish to get yourself started. Love Maegan really knows the trends right now, doesn’t she?
Here’s another game you can create from a set of rocks. Paint them. Bag them. And then play them. With some help from Kids Activities, your little ones will have a new travel game to dive into!
14. Painting Kit
Here’s a DIY rock painting kit you can follow and prep for you night of fun with your friends – or with the kiddos at a sleepover or afternoon in the summertime. It includes everything you need to make the project happen. Check it out at Sustain My Craft Habit.
15. Photo Holders
Those singular photo holders we see in all the stores are easy to whip up – especially if you have a rock or two. Grab the paints and get creative on each stone. Then just add your memories to the mix. Check it out at Buggy and Buddy.