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19 Thanksgiving Painted Rocks Ideas to Try

Take some time to appreciate the small things in life this coming Thanksgiving and decorate your home with these eye-catching Thanksgiving painted rocks.

From the turkey to the pumpkin pie to a bountiful harvest, there are so many things that we should be grateful for.

The examples below are suitable for both beginners and experienced artists alike, so don’t be afraid to pick the art you find most attractive!

Materials for Thanksgiving Painted Rocks

Before immersing ourselves in the engaging activity of rock painting, see to it that all the necessary materials are available at home.

Don’t fret if they aren’t readily available at home, for I’ve listed the basic materials here.

  • Rocks for Painting: When making Thanksgiving painted rocks, having craft rocks is a no-brainer. Start with this set of ten smooth craft rocks, which measure approximately 2-3 inches in diameter.
  • Acrylic Paint: For rock paintings, acrylic paint is one of the best options out there. It has the right consistency that makes it effortless to paint on rocks, plus it’s easy to mix and match the colors—assuming you have the basic knowledge of primary and secondary colors.
  • White Gesso: Gesso is used as a base coat on craft rocks to prepare them for the actual painting. While it’s an optional step in rock painting, applying gesso on rocks makes the painting clearer to visualize and has a satisfying feel overall—which may boost the enthusiasm of very young painters.
  • Fine-Point Colored Markers: An alternative to the process of painting is coloring with fine-tip colored markers instead. Markers are better for more precise lines and curves, especially when dealing with a non-flat surface like rocks. Having markers on hand is also useful when writing Thanksgiving greetings on your rocks. The only downside with colored markers is that they can’t be mixed to achieve the desired color. But that seldom happens when you’re almost done with your rock art and only adding the final touches.
  • Gloss Varnish: Any artist who has committed to rock painting diligently would want to preserve their art. One way to do that is by applying a gloss varnish, which increases the durability of the paint and gives it an almost professional finish.

10 Cornucopia and the Autumn Harvest

It’s the period of the harvest, so the cornucopia is one of the more ubiquitous images this season—while also being a prominent symbol during Thanksgiving. Here are eight rock paintings that will help complete your cornucopia decor.

Scary designs aren’t exclusive to October you know, so don’t overthink or hesitate to make these Halloween painted rocks.

1. Small Cornucopia

Art By Karridi‘s channel shows an example of a cornucopia that’s appealing and compact. While it can be challenging to paint small figures, the video tutorial is detailed and made in a way that’s easy to follow.

Start painting the horn basket before filling it to the brim with the autumn’s bounty.

2. Cornucopia Decoration with Painted Rocks

Instead of painting a cornucopia design on a rock, Makeityourown‘s channel suggests making individual rock paintings of fruits and vegetables and heaping them in a paper bag representing the corn

Get more inspiration from these food Perler bead patterns you’ll love.

3. Vegetable Rock Paintings

While not specifically made for a cornucopia craft, this rock painting vegetable tutorial by Red Ted Art‘s channel can give some useful tips and tricks on how to paint these greens.

4. Rock Art — Pumpkin

Challenge yourself with this near-realistic pumpkin rock painting created by Annamoon FineArt. Working with such a small medium can be tough, but I’m sure an experienced painter won’t back down from this trial.

Want to try a different creative outlet? Check out these paper-mache pumpkin ideas.

5. Other Pumpkin Painted Rocks

Unique Rock Painted Pumpkins
Photo credit: Sustain My Craft Habit

Not all pumpkins are made equal. Some of them have spots, others have a pure color like this white pumpkin design found on Sustain My Craft Habit.

See what other variations you can find in this list of pumpkin Perler beads.

6. More Fall Pumpkins on Rocks

Let’s get even more imaginative and aspire to make pumpkin painted rocks like these on Rachel’s Rocks Canada‘s channel.

7. Realistic Pumpkin Rock Painting

If I saw these on the ground, I would mistake these painted rocks for very, very small pumpkins.

That’s because Victoria Gobel has done a masterful job on this pumpkin painted rock.

8. Realistic Apple Rock Art

Fall is also the season for apple harvesting, so it’s hard not to miss this fruit. ArtLessonsWithWendy guides us through the basics of how to make a very realistic rock.

Be careful not to confuse these with real apples—biting into one of these will not keep the doctor away!

More seasonal crafts are ready for you right here in this list of fall Perler bead patterns!

9. Thanksgiving Feast Painted Rocks

Photo credit: Views From A Step Stool

We can’t forget paintings of the Thanksgiving feast that many of us are eager to chow down. Views From A Step Stool helps us to paint a roast turkey, bread, pumpkin pie, and cranberries, among other foods.

10. “Carved” Pumpkins

Rock Painted Pumpkins
Photo credit: Chica Circle

Carving pumpkins is a difficult task—not to mention dangerous. Pumpkins are a mainstay of Thanksgiving, so a fall season can’t pass by without putting some for decoration.

Thankfully, Chica Circle shows a harmless activity to create “carved pumpkins.”

6 Turkey Painted Rocks

No other animal gets the most attention on Thanksgiving than the turkey. Here are some ideas on how to paint a turkey.

Looking for interesting ideas? Try these turkey handprint crafts!

11. Basic Turkey Painting

Photo credit: Rock Painting 101

Rock Painting 101‘s turkey tutorial makes painting as painless as possible. A simple bowling pin-shaped turkey surrounded by larger, autumn-colored plumes.

12. Colorful Turkey

Photo credit: I Love Painted Rocks

Make the bird as colorful as your mind can imagine by following I Love Painted Rocks‘s charming turkey tutorial.

Color your children’s day with these wonderful rainbow crafts.

13. Beautiful Turkey Painted Rock

There’s no limit on what colors you can put on a turkey painting. No rule is broken if you like to put your favorite colors onto the plumes of a turkey.

So stay bold, and follow this guide made by Roger Adventure‘s channel.

This design reminds me of a colorful bird that you can make crafts out of: peacock crafts!

14. Thanksgiving Turkey Painting Tutorial

If you want to make the feathers of your turkey look like an Easter egg, that’s fine, too, as this video tutorial by Art By Karridi‘s channel suggests.

15. Turkey with Googly Eyes

Photo credit: Hello Wonderful

There’s more than one way to make a Thanksgiving turkey painted rock, and Hello Wonderful stimulates our creativity by bringing these various turkey ideas to life.

One turkey design is wearing a Pilgrim hat, while the other has fall leaves for its feathers. Test your creativity and see what surprising results you can craft.

Hit two birds with one “rock” by also making these nature collage crafts!

16. Turkey Painted Rock Craft

The Keeper of the Cheerios‘s channel keeps things simple by covering the rock in brown paint and attaching craft foam and feathers, and a pair of googly eyes onto the turkey.

The craft is simple yet effective, making it a perfect practice for the fine motor skills and creativity of preschoolers.

Extra Thanksgiving Rock Paintings

Sometimes all you need is a short but meaningful message written on your Thanksgiving rocks. Here is a couple to inspire you.

17. Happy Thanksgiving

Photo credit: The Inspiration Edit

A few Thanksgiving quotes like this one from The Inspiration Edit around your home will go a long way in creating the motif you desire.

Vary your message by mixing the color here and there, adding a couple of autumnal produce, and drawing squiggles.

18. Give Thanks!

Thanksgiving Painted Rocks
Photo credit: Rock Painting 101

To make your rock quotes more appealing, I recommend applying a white or black primer depending on the color of your text. If using a dark font, like this one from Rock Painting 101, then you’d need a white primer.

For brighter font colors, like yellow or light blue text, then contrast it with a black background for a stunning visual effect.

19. Grateful for the Abundance

Thanksgiving Painted Rocks
Photo credit: Masterpiece Society

Here are more words of gratitude shared by Masterpiece Society.

The rocks are then put neatly in a jar, ready to be picked up for some thankful messages.

Let’s Be Thankful For the Little Things!

Whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate crafter, rock painting is a great hobby that’s easy to get into. These Thanksgiving painted rocks can certainly provide a good starting point.

For more, check out our other lists of painted rocks: