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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kindness Rocks

About a month ago, while in the grocery store parking lot, my son who LOVES rocks, found a painted rock. I was surprised that we'd found a kindness rock in Georgia, I had assumed that painting and hiding Kindness Rocks was sort of a Utah things. It was a fun find that definitely had it's desired effect on us, we are still smiling about that rock.

Finding that rock inspired us to come home and paint rocks to hide. We painted all kinds of things. Everything from campfire scenes, and dinosaurs, to garden gnomes and ballet slippers. We had a blast! And, as it turns out, it's a thing! There is a trend going around, called Kindness Rocks. You paint rocks and then hide them. So fun and so simple. 

1. Find rocks 
You can buy smooth rocks at Hobby Lobby, but we just went outside and collected rocks we thought would work. Try to find rocks about the size of a child's fist or smaller that are smooth textured. We like funkily shaped rocks, but round ones are just as fun. Once you have gathered as many rocks as you would like to paint, wash and dry your rocks, making sure they are free from any dirt or mud so that the paint will adhere to the surface better.

2. Basecoat
Coat the entire surface of the rock with a coat of paint.  If the paint looks thin, you can give it another coat or two. You will want to be sure to allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step. 

3. Design
Design and paint your rock any way you like. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest if you need an idea to get you started. Let it dry.
 4. Gloss
Once your design is completely dry, coat the entire surface with ModPodge, clear nail polish, or spray lacquer.

5. Hide!
Now, get out there and hide your rocks. There are some social media groups you can join where people post pictures of where they are hiding rocks and also pictures of the rocks they find. It's a great way to connect.

I'd love to see what you created! 

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