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How to Make Letters on Rocks

Add lettering to small rocks to use as decorative knickknacks, or to large rocks for outdoor decor such as displaying your family name. The rough surface of most rocks prevents decals from staying in place, and rock is difficult to engrave. The simplest way to add lettering to rocks is to paint them onto the surface.

Add lettering to rocks with paint.

Things You Will Need

  • All-purpose cleanser
  • Scrub brush
  • Newspaper
  • Letter stencils (optional)
  • Exterior latex paint
  • Paintbrush

Add lettering to small rocks to use as decorative knickknacks, or to large rocks for outdoor decor such as displaying your family name.  The rough surface of most rocks prevents decals from staying in place, and rock is difficult to engrave.

The simplest way to add lettering to rocks is to paint them onto the surface. 

  1. Clean your rocks with an all-purpose cleanser and scrub brush to remove any dirt and oils. Rinse off the cleanser and let the rock dry.
  2. Place the rock on a sheet of newspaper.
  3. Hold a paper letter stencil over the rock and paint inside the stencil outlines with exterior latex paint. You can also try this free-handed.
  4. Allow the paint to dry before moving the rock or touching the painted letters.

Things You Will Need

  • All-purpose cleanser
  • Scrub brush
  • Newspaper
  • Letter stencils (optional)
  • Exterior latex paint
  • Paintbrush

About the Author

Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.

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