The lure of lazy days hanging out in a hammock at the campsite can’t be ignored. But with kids along, camping activities are a must-have to fend off the boredom blues. Try one of these rock art ideas to make your own masterpiece. Camping crafts made with rocks are easy to make outdoors and only require a handful of supplies. Bring your own rocks or use ones you find around your campsite.
Painted Rock Art Ideas to Make at Camp
Camping is the perfect place to relax and unplug from everyday stresses. Make a set of painted rocks and decorate your campsite to remind everyone to appreciate the nature around them. Make any design you like. Paint pens make this rock art idea even more portable. You may even inspire surrounding campers!
Paint (or decoupage) your own camping and nature-themed pictures on rocks, then use your story stones for a group storytelling adventure around the campfire.
Metallic Sharpies add shimmer and shine to your designs, and it’s easy to throw a handful of colors into an activities bag for art on the go.
Camping Crafts: Decorated Rocks
If your campsite has electricity, carving rocks with a Dremel tool is a unique way to decorate smooth stones with your own design or message. Younger kids may need some help to carve, but older tweens and teens should be able to handle this rock craft project on their own.
With a handful of crayons, kids (and kids at heart!) can make abstract art using heated rocks. This is a great use for the old or broken crayons that come home from school or accumulate in the craft bin. Plus, it’s oddly satisfying to watch the melted crayon ooze over the rocks.
Use a mix of small stones and large rocks to create fun faces. Mix and match over and over, or make your faces permanent with a glue for porous surfaces. Add even more personality with facial features like eyebrows, hair, or mustaches, and even fancy hats, using natural materials like grass, leaves, or bark.
Camping Crafts: Decorated Rock Jewelry
Make a rock necklace with one of your found stones as a memento of your camping experience. Use a macrame or wire “net”, drill a hole, or use a glue-on bail to attach your decorated rock to a premade chain or cord.
Make more rock craft jewelry with sweet painted pebbles turned into rings. Paint, seal, and then glue to an adjustable ring blank.
Making rock crafts while you’re camping is a great way to use natural materials to be creative. It’s perfect while you’re outside, and can be done without having to drag a big box of craft supplies along. With only a handful of paint markers or crayons and some glue, kids of all ages can craft together as a group. Whether you’re camping with a herd of teenagers or a group of young elementary ages, these outdoor rock art ideas make entertaining camping crafts for everyone.
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