Easy DIY Bee Painted Rocks

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Fun & Easy Bee Painted Rocks

Bee painted rocks can be used to decorate your bee garden or given as gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas gifts and more! Bees are the most popular insects on the planet. Naturally, bee craft ideas abound for kids and adults. This project is a lot of fun for all ages and can be used to teach some great facts about bees.

Smooth rocks painted like bees image.

Crafts that make use of some natural materials are especially meaningful to many of us. This project fits that description to a “T”.

Yes, you can make your stone bee craft as elaborate as you wish. But, you can also use the most basic paint and designs.

This step by step guide on how to make painted bee rocks will get you started. Then, let your creative juices flow and have fun with the project.

cute painted bee rocks in a garden - easy & fun bee rocks

Materials Needed for Bee Rocks

Small flat river rocks are best for this project. If you have access to river stones, gather a few small ones that are smooth and oval shaped.

For those of you who do not live in an area with natural river rock (or are forbidden to collect them), check out a local yard materials business. Mulch yards often carry decorative stone too!

rocks, paint, brushes and sealer for rock painting image.

Another option, purchase small craft stone from a local hobby supply or order them online. Craft stone will be clean and ready to use.

If you gather rock from a river or supply yard, wash it with clean water before you start.

Rock painting can be a lot of fun. A little preparation and water based paint makes clean up a breeze.

Yield: 6

DIY Painted Bee Rocks

finished painted bee rocks sprayed with sealer

Create cute painted bee rocks to use for decoration in your garden. They also make great gifts and are a creative way to introduce the subject of bees to kids.

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours


  • 6 small river rocks - or any smooth porous stone
  • acrylic paints ( yellow, black, white)
  • paint marker - black
  • acrylic gloss/matter sealer spray


  • craft paint brushes for acrylics - 1 small , 1 medium


  1. Painting the Base Color for Bee Body - Use yellow acrylic paint to paint a base color on each stone. Paint the top and bottom allowing it to dry. Then add a second coat of yellow for best results. river rock painted yellow for base coat of bee

  2. Give Your Bee Craft Some Eyes- Use a small craft brush to paint a pair of small white circles on the top of each stone.

    After the white paint has dried for a few minutes, add a dot of black paint to each. These represent eyes but real bees have 5 eyes! And, when bees sleep, they do not close their eyes! 2 eyes painted on the stone bee

  3. Adding Black Stripes to Your Bee Rock - Not every honey bee has vivid stripes - however this is the classic markings associated with bees.

    Use your medium sized brush to paint 2 or 3 wide black stripes on the top side of each bee rock. I suggest leaving the bottom of the bee solid yellow. using black paint to brush stripes on top of bee rock

  4. Paint on the Wings - Rather than purchase another paint - I mixed a few drops of white and black paint together to create a custom gray.

    Using a small brush create a pair of wings on the top side of each bee. Real honey bees actually have 4 wings - but for our project a representation of wings will do.

    You can add a few black dashes of color on the wings to simulated the veining that gives real wings their strength.

    For years, researchers could not understand how bees fly. The body of the honey bee seems too large for their wing size. Bees didn't know this of course - so they flew anyway! grey bee wings painted on top

  5. (Optional) Positive Message - This step is optional. You might want to use a black paint marker to create a short message on the bottom of your bee rock.

    Keep it short - so the writing will be easy to read. You can choose any message you wish.painted bee messages on bottom of rocks

  6. Spray Your Finished Bee Rock With Sealer - Use a clear, acrylic sealer spray to coat both sides of your bee craft. Let each side dry well before flipping it over to spray the other side.

    This is protect the paint and allow your craft to look nicer for a long time. finished painted bee rocks sprayed with sealer

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How to Use Your Painted Bee Rock Craft

Now that you have a group of cute bees, what can you do with them? They make great decorations in and around the house. And, they can be used outside in your garden space too!

  • place painted bee rocks near bee friendly flowers in your garden
  • give them as gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even Christmas
  • bee rocks make great thank you gifts for beekeepers or other bee lovers
  • create games to play with small children (hide and seek) etc
  • paint positive messages on your bees and leave them in different locations around town


These are only a few of the many ways you can get involved in the effort to save bees.

Information and education on the importance of bees and other pollinators leads to conservation.

This fun bee craft is one way to get people “thinking bee”. And if your bee rocks need a place to live… make them a cute tiny Bee Skep Craft.

Beekeeper Charlotte

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