DIY Painted Rock Paper Dolls

Mini Maker Mondays - Mommy and me crafts with Jennifer Perkins and the Minis DIY rock paper dolls by Jennifer Perkins

Rock painting is kinda a big deal.  Have you heard?  People are painting rocks, hiding rocks, giving rocks as gifts, weighing down paper with rocks and more.  Check out my post on HGTV called 5 Clever Rock Painting Ideas.  I’m sharing marbled rocks, painted rocks and these rock paper dolls.  This is a great kids craft project, but I gotta tell you as an adult I really had fun making these.

Here is the episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins about 5 DIY Ideas for Rock Painting.  I talk about the paper doll rocks, but I want to give you some more details here since they are my favorite and all.  The acrylic pour method is a close second.

Rock painting supplies - Jennifer Perkins

You will need rocks (duh).  You can find smooth rocks on a walk, at the craft store or by the bag at the hardware store.  For paper dolls go with medium rocks in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Craft paint will work for this project fine.  If your rocks are super smooth an undercoat of decoupage medium or gesso might be needed to give the rocks some tooth of something for the paint to stick to.  If you plan on keeping these rocks outside consider using outdoor paint and finishing with an outdoor top coat.

Painted rock outfits for 'rock paper dolls' by Jennifer Perkins

Using larger rocks paint outfits.  I made these with a combination of craft paint, paint markers and more.  Random patterns are fine, but if you are an amazing painter feel free to add details like buttons, belts and blouses.  I wanted mine more abstract than realistic.  If you are familiar with my arty side (Jennifer Perkins Art) then you know that is how I roll.

DIY Painted rock paper doll heads by Jennifer Perkins

Using rocks that are shaped more like heads paint several different faces.  Make each one as fun and unique as the outfits you just painted.  Boys and girls, short hair or long, mix and match how you paint the rocks.

Easy DIY painted rock mix and match paper dolls by Jennifer Perkins

Once the paint has completely dried consider using a protective top coat so yours do not chip like mine.  Lesson learned.

DIY painted rock paper dolls by Jennifer Perkins

Hand the rocks over to the littles and start mixing and matching the painted rocks just like paper dolls.  The more painted rocks you have the more options there are to choose from.  Feel free to get crazy and add accessories like pebble purses and stone shoes.

Want to see how the painted rock paper dolls work in action?  Check out this fun video I made!

More rocking’ rock painting ideas…

DIY Dia de los Muertos planter with painted rock cactus garden by Jennifer Perkins

DIY Day of the Dead Painted Rock Cactus Garden – I love painting rocks to look like cactus.  Check out this fun Dia de los Muertos planter (originally sponsored by I Love to Create), Easter basket terrarium and rock cactus painting party I hosted with TOMS Shoes and Consumer Crafts.


Story Stones – Painted rocks are a great invitation to play for kids.  Hand over the story stones like these I painted for Sakura of America (sponsored) and see what the kids come up with.

How to turn a toy truck into a Halloween planter.

DIY Halloween Truck Planter – This fun tutorial not only talks about turning a truck into a planter it also some fun spooky stones – that’s right painted Halloween rocks!


4 Responses to “DIY Painted Rock Paper Dolls”

  1. Laurie Meadows

    I Love your creative style Jennifer Perkins. Your Rock Paper Dolls are Fab !!
    You totally Rock Jennifer !!
    Been a fan of yours for years ! Happy New Year 2018 to you ✌


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