Are you heading to the beach this summer? Be sure to pickup a rock while you’re there so you can make this DIY beach sunset painted rock magnet. It’s the perfect inexpensive keepsake to memorialize your trip.
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Looking for the perfect inexpensive keepsake from your family beach vacation? Grab a rock and make this DIY beach sunset painted rock magnet! Click To Tweet
My husband and my oldest have both been lucky enough to hit the beach this summer. Unfortunately, I couldn’t join them. Seriously longing for those beautiful waves and ocean breeze.
This painted rock is the closest I’m getting this summer but if I squint at it with the fan on, it almost feels like I’m there. Sort of. With a lot of imagination. Alas, I digress. Let’s find out how to make this thing.
- Small Clean Rock
- Red Acrylic Paint (This acrylic set has all of the colors you need)
- Orange Acrylic Paint
- Yellow Acrylic Paint
- Blue Acrylic Paint
- White Acrylic Paint
- Brown Acrylic Paint
- Green Acrylic Paint
- Small Paint Palette for Mixing
- Fine Point Paint Brush
- Clear Engine Paint
- Small Disc Magnet
First, set your clean and dry rock on a paper towel or other protected surface.
Next, add small amounts of your paint colors to a palette.
- It truly doesn’t take much so don’t go crazy here.
Then mix a small amount of brown and white paint together paint the bottom third of your rock tan.
Next, mix some blue and white paint together and paint a small strip of light blue next to the tan.
Add orange paint to the top of your rock and tip it with the darker blue.
Then mix in some red brush strokes to your orange sky.
Let your paint dry completely before moving on.
Now paint a yellow half circle on too of the water.
Next, add some yellow streaks to your water to look like the sun’s reflection.
While your sun is drying, add dark brown paint speckles to the tan painted section of your rock.
Paint some white “surf” along the edge of your water.
- This should be jagged. Don’t try to paint a straight line. The best way to achieve this is to tap the bristles of your brush straight down and up.
Next blend more yellow and orange into your sky for a more gradient look.
Once your white painted surf has dried, add a brown line to the left side of your beach as pictured.
Next, paint the leaves of your palm tree and add some white detail to the trunk.
Now allow all of your paint to dry completely.
Finally, seal your rock with clear engine paint and allow to dry.
Turn it into a magnet by gluing a small magnet to the back of the rock with E6000. Allow your E6000 to dry 24 hours before using on your fridge.
Now you’ll have the perfect inexpensive keepsake from your summer vacation. Don’t forget to write the year on the back of your DIY beach sunset painted rock magnet so you will know which vacation it is from. This also makes a great gift for family and friends who went on vacation with you.
If you aren’t making it to the beach this year, feel free to sip on a cocktail and paint a store bought rock for your fridge instead. Admittedly it’s not as good but it’s still fun!
Don’t Forget to Pin It!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.