Stone tablet 2.0

Stacy here!

We recently had a patio added to our backyard.  With all the digging, there were a lot of rocks unearthed.  A six year old boy is of course going to snatch up every large rock that comes his way.  But more stone was not what our stone patio needed.  It needed more plants and… more gold.

I present to you, a metallic rock with a message:

chalkboard rockThere are no step-by-step photos, but I think you can handle this just by looking at the finished product.  And here are a few instructions:

Materials needed:

  • Rock
  • Spray paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Masking tape
  • Chalk


  1. Spray paint the whole rock.  Use a few coats.  Go light with each layer to avoid drips.
  2. When the paint is dry, use the tape to mask off the chalkboard area.  Or you can freehand or tape on a fancier template.
  3. Your chalkboard paint should be applied with a brush or sponge applicator.  Again, do a few thin coats, drying in between each to avoid running.
  4. Remove the masking tape while the paint is still drying.  This way, if any got under the tape, you can wipe it off.
  5. When the paint is completely dry, prime your chalkboard.  To do this, rub chalk all over the chalkboard surface.  Wipe off with a cloth.  (The dust makes the surface more erasable.)
  6. Write a message in chalk.  Display proudly!

gold & chalkboard paintsWhen it rains, you get to make a new message!

Encourage your kids to paint their own rocks.  JT painted his white and made a “baseball in the grass” image.  Remember, use real paint that is more weatherproof.  The tempera and acrylic paints we use for crafting were not going to work for this project.  That would make for a very sad child on a rainy day.

baseball rockI just know that backyard is full of giant rocks.  All free… if you’re willing to dig for them!  (I’ll blame the holes on the skunk… my husband won’t even know.)


About brungrrl

First and foremost, I love God and my family. I'm married to John and mom to JT. Professionally, I test software. In my spare time I'm a photographer, yogi, runner, scrapbooker, crafter, and book lover.
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