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Easy to make Skeleton Painted Rocks using Stencils

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“Dem bones dem bones dem dancing bones..” Boy, that song has been stuck in my head all day.

My kids and I needed some rock painting inspiration so we turned on some festive Halloween tunes.

Here’s a super easy Halloween Skeleton Rock Painting tutorial using stencils.

This bone-chilling rock painting craft is a part of another post called, 31 Days of Halloween Rocks, check it out for more boo-tiful rock painting ideas.

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Rock Hunting 101 

  • Start by searching in your own backyard for rocks to paint. Public areas such as parks and hiking trails are great places to find rocks as well.
  •  It’s against the law to remove rocks or even leave your painted rocks in National or State Parks.
  •  You can even try home improvement stores, a local garden center, or stone yard to purchase your rocks.
  • Next, it’s time to clean the rocks using soapy water to remove dust or dirt. Let them dry completely before starting the project.

places to find rocks

Skeleton Painted Rock using

Stencils Tutorial:

Materials Needed:

  • Rocks
  • Acrylic Black and Glow- in-the-Dark Craft Paint
  • Skeleton Stencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Foam Brush
  • Paint Palette
  • Clear Sealer Spray
  1. Begin by painting a base coat of Black craft paint on the rock and let it dry before moving on to the next step. 
  2. Place your stencil in the desired area on your rock. Depending on the backing of the stencil you make need to tape it down. I used a stencil that had a cling on backing so it affixed to the rock.
  3. Apply the Glow-in-the-dark paint using a foam brush with a dabbing motion.
  4. Once you’re done, remove the stencil carefully and let it dry completely.
  5. Wipe the stencil with a damp paper towel on both sides before using again.
  6. Spray a clear sealer on the rocks and let it dry again for 24 hours before touching the rocks.
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Helpful Rock Painting Tips…

  • Acrylic craft paint is water-based, fast-drying, but also easy to clean off of skin. 
  • Read our post on 35 acrylic painting tips that will blow your mind!
  • Painting a rock with a base coat will provide a vibrant tone to your design.
  • Follow the directions on the clear sealer spray and be sure to use in a well-ventilated area such as outside.

Here are some more Halloween Rock Painting Ideas:

  • Witches
  • Spiders
  • Skeletons
  • Pumpkins & Jack O’ Lanterns
  • Black Cats
  • Sugar Skulls
  • Frankenstein
  • Dracula
  • Mummies
  • Zombies
  • Werewolves
  • Tombstones
  • Scarecrow

Extra Craft Items to use to for Halloween Rocks:

Here’s a link to the Skeleton Dance video, if you need some inspiration too!

Have you made your own Halloween Skeleton rock painting?

If so, let me know in the comments below.

In the meantime, if you are new to rock painting and don’t know where to start. Check out the Rock Painting for Beginners series below.

Part 1 – How to Paint Rocks 

Part 2 – Rock Painting Supplies | What you need to know

Part 3 – Easy Rock Painting Techniques

Part 4 – How to Mix Colors with Confidence

Also, share your rock art in Rock Painting Guide’s Facebook Group page, here.

There you can post your rock painting questions, give advice on rock painting, share your rock art, and join the fun with our amazing rock painters beginners and pros!

Happy Haunting!


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