These 6 kindness rocks instructions will help you to create beautiful rocks that will bring a smile to anyone’s face. This project is great for any skill level and can be done individually or as a large group activity.

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What are kindness rocks?

With the rock painting craze in high gear, you may be wondering what are kindness rocks anyway?

Kindness rocks is a viral rocks project trend where people, paint rocks or stones with inspirational messages or sayings. There is even a site dedicated to it, The Kindness Rocks Project! By leaving these painted rocks in public places for people to find you can brighten a strangers day with a random act of kindness.  Their Mission –


These painted stones are pretty simple to create and don’t require a lot of instruction. But there are some important kindness rocks rules.

Kindness Rocks Rules

  • Make sure that you seal your rocks well. You want them to hold up to the elements until they are found.
  • Never glue embellishments to rocks you plan on hiding. While they are beautiful, these additions are terrible for the environment and the animals. No matter how strong you think that glue is, a squirrel is going to be able to pick it off. Stick to paint on any rock you plan on hiding.
  • Be kind. These rocks are meant to make people happy, so their phrases should always be positive. Stay clear of negative thoughts, bad language, or anything inappropriate. You never know who is going to find the rocks.
  • Place your rocks in open spaces, not in places that will disturb nature or ruin a lawnmower. 

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Kindness Rocks Instructions

We’ve broken the process down into 6 steps. Use your imagination to create the final product. These steps will just get you through the process.

Where to buy higher quality rocks for painting and other craft projects. These stones are smooth and ready for you to create on!1. Find the perfect rock.

Starting with the right rock makes all the difference. You want a nice and smooth rock, this will help make writing on the rocks easier. The size of the rock is important too. Think about how much space your message will take and choose a rock that’s big enough for all the words. We have found several specialty rocks that will make perfect kindness rocks.

Learn how to prepare rocks and stones for painting. Yes, there is a step from buying rocks to paint and actually painting them. Check out these 4 easy tips. #howtopaintrocks #howtoprepparerocks #rockpainting101 #rockpaintingforbeginners #rockpaintingtips #stonepainting #paintedpebbles #howtowasrocks #rockpaintng1012. Prep the rocks.

Once you buy your rocks, you want to make sure they are ready to be painted. Washing your rocks makes the paint stick better and removes any debris from the stones. Check out our instructions on preparing rocks for painting.

This technique for painting a gradient base coat is fast and easy. Check out the step by step tutorial and you'll be creating amazing painted rocks in no time!3. Give your rocks a base coat.

This can be as simple as painting the whole rock with a single color. Or you can make beautifully painted base coats with everything from pour painting to dot painting.  Check out all of our base coat ideas.

Hand lettering a single word is the best way to learn how to hand letter onto painted rocks. Check out these tips and video tutorial to create kindness rocks or holiday rocks! #handlettering #tips #rockpainting #howtopaintrocks #kindnessrocks #holidayrocks #blessed #peace #paintedrocks #rockpainting1014. Add an inspirational message.

Finding what to write on a kindness rock can a challenge. There are endless options! You can check out some word rock inspiration if you need!

We know that hand lettering can be a challenge. It’s something that a lot of people struggle with. Here are some lettering tips, and practice sheets, that will help with your hand lettering.

Learn how to seal painted rocks with these simple techniques. There are a lot of different variables that go into properly sealing your painted rocks. These tips and step by step instructions will break it down so you can paint rocks for outdoors. #rockpainting1015. Seal your rocks.

If you paint rocks for hiding, you need to make sure you have the perfect sealer for painted rocks. This will protect your rocks from the sun and rain and even snow.  Check out all of our tips for sealing rocks.

Rock hunting is all the rage and these tips will have you collecting like a pro! From how to find rocks to how to hide them. We have the answers to your questions. #rockhunting #rockhiding #rockpainting #summeractivities #summer #rockpainting1016. Hide or give your kindness rocks.

This is the most important step. You can have a bumpy rock with a messy word on it. But, the right rock at the right time can  make someones day!

Hiding your rocks in public has some rules, but you don’t have to hide them. Here are some other ways to give kindness rocks:

  • Give them to friends and family.
  • Place them on a co-worker’s desk.
  • Donate them to charities.
  • Decorate your home.
  • Give them to teachers.
  • Give them as party favors.
  • Place them in your child’s backpack.

Kindness Rock Painting Ideas

Here are tutorials to some of our FAVORITE kindness rock designs.

Hearts, rainbows, and other fun designs can be used as well! Look through all of our rock painting ideas to find more!

If you are still feeling like you need some inspiration. Check out our Pinterest board of kindness rocks ideas.

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