Camp Activity: Painted Rocks
Here at #CampDuraflame, we believe that arts and crafts time should be enjoyed by people of all ages. Ready to flex those creative muscles? Painting rocks for the garden, patio table or flower bed is a low-key fireside activity where you can allow your imagination to run wild. Here are tips for an A+ arts and crafts night.
-Gather together. Keep an eye out for rocks when you’re at the beach, the lake, the trail or even on a neighborhood walk. When you’re choosing which ones to paint, search for rocks that have a large, flat surface.
-Clean ‘em! Hose them down in the backyard to get rid of any lingering dirt, dust, plant matter or mud.
-Select the right kind of paint. Acrylics work best, in our opinion. They’re also super affordable and come in a huge range of colors. Don’t have any on hand? We recommend buying a kit. Here’s one that we love—it also includes paintbrushes and palettes (plus more goodies, like canvas, that you can use for future fireside projects).
-Set the stage! Get cozy in the backyard by starting a fire in the fire pit. Our OUTDOOR firelogs last for up to three hours, light quickly and emit less smoke than regular wood. It’s an easy way to add some atmosphere to your evening. Good lighting is also key, particularly if you’re painting after the sun goes down. Now would be the perfect time to flip those string lights on!
-Make sure there are enough paintbrushes, palettes or paper plates, water and paper towels for everyone present.
-Hungry? Handheld, easy-to-eat snacks like this trail mix recipe are perfect to have out during arts and crafts night.
-Once you’re done painting, leave the rocks out to dry overnight—but check the forecast first! If drying outdoors, protect them from debris with a net shield or umbrella. Expecting rain? Bring the rocks inside to dry on top of newspaper on a countertop or table.
-Once dry, paint the surface of each rock the next day with a clear, weatherproof glaze and let dry overnight. If drying indoors, be sure the room is properly ventilated.