Cute Painted Pumpkin Rock

5 Materials
30 Minutes
There's a fun project in my local area that involves painting stones and then leaving them for others to find. Even if there's nothing like that near you, painted rocks are a fun decoration to use in your home and garden. This pumpkin rock is perfect for fall.
For this project, you'll need a rock with a fairly flat surface to paint on, some acrylic paints, and a paintbrush. Brushes in a range of sizes will make the project easier, and a palette comes in handy for mixing your paint.
I started by mixing red and yellow acrylic paint to create a nice bright orange color. You could also use a pre-mixed orange acrylic paint, but I didn't have one of these available.
I added extra yellow until I got the exact shade I wanted.
I painted a large orange oval onto the front of my rock, filling it in carefully. Don't worry if there's still a lot of rock showing through - you'll need a few layers of paint to get solid coverage.
This is the rock after one layer of paint. You'll need the paint to dry before you apply the next coat - use a hairdryer to speed things up if you don't want to wait around.
The second layer provided much better coverage, although some areas are still a little transparent.
The third layer created a lovely solid orange color - ready for us to add some detail.
Once the orange paint was dry, I took a small, thin paintbrush and some black acrylic paint. A thinner brush will make this step much easier and allows you to get better detail and sharper edges.
I painted two triangles for eyes, a smaller triangle for the nose, and a cute zig-zag smile. I also added a stalk at the top of the pumpkin. The finished effect is really cute, and you could get creative and experiment with different facial expressions and shapes.

If you'll be keeping your rock inside, you're done! If you'd like to put it outside, you should use clear acrylic spray to prevent weather damage.

Fall is full of tiresome tasks like sweeping leaves, gutter cleaning, and clearing out the pool. Take a break from your hard work with this fun little project!
Suggested materials:
  • Rock
  • Red Acrylic Paint
  • Yellow Acrylic Paint
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