Bee Painted Rocks

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Ready for the stone hunt? Why not drop some rocks right away? We made some bee painted bricks and can’t wait to drop them off at secret locations around our town.


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Painting rocks has always been one of my favorite artistic pursuits.

I grew up near a river, so we always had a lot of river rocks.

As kids we would often go rock hunting (i.e. looking for regular rocks) and collect the right rocks for whatever project we had in mind that day. It could be painting rocks and turning them into works of art, using them as currency in our simulation game, or even as building materials to pave the miniature city we built for insects and other denizens of nature. Stones are so versatile!

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I’m so happy that rock painting is still something kids love. It really is an inexpensive material to use in crafting, even if you don’t live near a river (craft stores have it).

Ready to make a buzzing bee? Let’s do one or a dozen.


Bee painted rocks

What do you need:

  • River Rock: Oval is best, but any will do
  • yellow acrylic paint
  • black acrylic paint
  • white acrylic paint
  • blue acrylic paint
  • to brush

Optional: varnish, pencil with eraser

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Watch the video tutorial

Or follow this step-by-step guide to making bee-painted bricks.

Paint the stones yellow. Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding.

Depending on the stone and color, you may need to apply more than one coat of yellow. If you have darker stones, a first coat of white paint can also help.


Once the yellow paint is completely dry, draw black stripes on the stone.

Let the paint dry.*

Draw two white circles for the eyes. We dipped the eraser in white paint to make the circles foolproof.*

Draw the mouth and black dots for the eyes.*

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Paint the fenders.*

Let the paint dry completely and you’re done.

Acrylic paints need to be waterproof, so you’re good to go. If you don’t use acrylics or just want to add a little shine, you can also apply a coat of gloss varnish.


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