Create Your Happy DIY Rock Painting with OOLY
Blog - January 2, 2020

Paint Pods by OOLY

Thank you to OOLY for donations to the The Monette Enrichment Fund for Children and for giving me supplies to facilitate this this article.  Some links may be affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something, I will receive commission.  All opinions are my own. 

How do your kids “create their happy?” Do they sing to themselves or jump in puddles? My boys are rough and tumble boys all the way.  Climbing, skateboarding, biking, jumping, playing in the dirt;  you name it, they will do it!  But they also LOVE art, painting DIY crafts, and fun DIY projects.  They take so much pride in their artwork and spend hours painting and making crafts.  I love watching them “create their happy.”

pin image of DIY rock painting

There are so many craft groups on Facebook and somehow I joined some rock painting groups.  Some of my friends were in them, so I was curious about rock painting ideas. Then I realized that there is a whole secret cult following and that people paint rocks or have story stones and leave them in places for others to find.  The excitement that goes into creating each rock and finding out who received it is unbelievable.  People are posting every day on their findings. What a beautiful gesture to brighten up someones day.  I was intrigued.

So, I went on Pinterest, because that’s what we do when we decide to execute a creative project and I was blown away by the artwork I saw.  Then I realized that this is my kid’s project.  Let them be kids. Let them “create their happy.”  Encourage them to be creative. It doesn’t need to be a perfect quote or a sunflower, like I saw on Pinterest.  We set off to the park to decorate rocks and their excitement bubbled over.

child opening box of colorful paints on blue tablecloth

We took Lil’ Poster Paint Pods and the Brush Works Paintbrush Set. The Lil’ Poster Paint Pods are a complete set (12) of water soluble poster paints for in reusable “paint pods.” Included in the set is a paintbrush and a convenient travel case so they don’t get lost. Since Lil Poster Paint Pods are water soluble and will wash right out of fabrics too. We like that!

Paintbrushes in jar

The Brush Works Paintbrush Set is an all-in-one set with 7 nylon paintbrushes of different sizes and styles including small flat, small angle, extra small round, medium round, medium filbert and large flat. Just clean by rinsing with water.

OOLY products

The kids were having so much fun, that we invited others at the park to paint with us.  What a great way to make friends!  I’m sure that when they arrived at the park they didn’t expect to go home with a beautiful painted rock!

OOLY products are safe and when Oliver got paint on his face, that’s exactly what it was;  paint on his face.  We just laughed it off.  He was having too much fun to care.  OOLY uses independent and accredited laboratories to test their products for CPSIA, ASTM D-4236, ASTM F963.

How pretty are these rocks?  They now sit in our garden outside our house.

child painting a rock with paints on a table with a blue cloth
OOLY not only makes my kid happy by giving them DIY tools to “create their happy,” but they give back by giving a percentage of EVERY PURCHASE to teachers and students in need through their Adopt A Classroom Program.
OOLY is also responsible for being a major donor to the Monette Children’s Enrichment Fund, Barbara’s foundation, donating items for students and special needs groups within the public school system. They benefit greatly using art as a creative outlet.
We will continue to “create our happy” with OOLY, I hope you do too!


  1. These are so fun! My mom and sister have done this and they leave their rocks in different places to brighten someone else’s day. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

  2. What an awesome way to have fun at the park! Even though I don’t have kiddos I might take an afternoon to myself to paint rocks and leave them behind for some kids.

  3. This is such a great idea! My kids would definitely enjoy doing something like this. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. I’ve never tried something like this before– it looks like so much fun! I especially love the vibrant colors here. 🙂

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