Making pet rocks in a fun activity. Kids will enjoy getting creative and will love seeing their imagination come to life.

pet rocks

My girls are officially on summer vacation and amidst swimming, play dates and camps, we have been trying to do a weekly craft project. My 7-year old, Charlotte, loves nothing more than a trip to the craft store. She could wander the aisles for hours. My 4-year old, Amelia, likes it for about 5 minutes. Hence, we needed a craft to appeal to both ages. After a bit of brainstorming, we came up with the idea of making pet rocks.

The beauty of this project is that it can take as little or as long as your child has the patience for. The possibilities are endless. Ladybugs, panda bears, turtles…. the list goes on and on.

painting supplies


You will need a selection of rocks (I had a bag from IKEA – however, I’m sure you can find some in your yard), cement glue, masking tape (to hold the rocks in place after you glue them), googly eyes, paintbrushes and either Tempura paint (for younger children) or acrylic paint (for older children).

lady bug rocks

The simplest pet rocks require no gluing, ala these darling ladybugs. This is a good starting point as your more in-depth “pets” are drying.

rock painting

For Charlotte’s polka-dotted panda bear, we had to wait overnight for it to dry due to the large rocks used. Masking tape came in handy for holding all the pieces together until they were completely dry. Then the fun begins with the paint!

pet rock

Amelia adores her pet puppy dog which took approximately 3 minutes for her to paint. I adore that our “pets” require no upkeep…happy summer!

The talented Angie and Kristin of Blonde Designs shared their adorable rock creations.

For more rock painting fun: Check out this post on painting rocks.

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  1. I Love Your Blog page!!! You have Very Interesting ideas, that I Love to watch or make!! Thank You So Much!!! 😊😉

  2. Found your site while searching for plans for lemonade stands. LOVE yours the best! The color is exactly what we want, too. Then I started looking around your site and saw this painted rock idea. We are going to have a “Paint Your Own Rock” day at our lemonade stand! My daughter has sold lemonade to raise money for charity and today she and her girlfriend sold their art. It was so successful that we are now brainstorming other fun ideas. Thanks for the inspiration here!

  3. When I first read the title of the post, my mind went back to when the original “Pet Rocks” that were sold in stores. Just a plain rock in a cardboard animal crate with the most hilarious book you have ever read on the care and training of your pet rock. My teenage daughter asked me once why the pet rock was such a craze. I told her it was not the rock but the book that came with them. Your pet rocks just need a book (but they are a heck more prettier than the old pet rocks).

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