While out biking one day last week, my husband and I came along a pile of painted rocks. I had no idea what they were for – maybe geocaching of some sort? I came home and posted on Facebook about it. People quickly informed me these are Kindness Rocks, and I discovered a whole new kindness movement that has been catching on in cities across the country.
Kindness Rocks are simply painted rocks that people leave for others to find and enjoy. Kindness Rocks are that simple and that beautiful.
Jennifer B. shared her painted creations on my Facebook page:
Scroll down for more photo examples of Kindness Rocks!
How to Paint Kindness Rocks
How do you create kindness rocks?
- Gather rocks from outside or purchase rocks to use. Remember not to take any rocks that don’t belong to you, or from an area where nothing is to be taken, such as a state park. Good places to find rocks: Lowes, Home Depot, and Amazon. Be sure to wash rocks if they are dirty or have an oily residue, then allow to dry completely.
- Paint your rocks with acrylic paint. This does not have to be expensive. Here is a good set for getting started. I’ve seen people get creative with fingernail art sets, too.
- Spray with clear acrylic spray to seal. While not required, this will keep your rocks looking awesome even if they sit out in the rain and other elements. Here is acrylic spray. You can also use modge podge.
- Go hiding!
How to Find Rock Hiding Groups in your City
Take this one step further and hook up with other people in your city who are into Kindness Rocks. What’s fun about a local group is that you just might find out who finds your rocks, or you might find a rock someone else has posted.
I’m in the Sweet Buffalo Rocks group and the founder of the movement in our area had this to say:
We are extremely happy to see so many Western New York families enjoying the Sweet Buffalo Rocks project this year. It’s such a simple project, but it’s making so many people smile. Who ever thought a rock could do that? -Kimberly LaRussa, blogger at Sweet Buffalo www.sweetbuffalo716.com
Sweet Buffalo Rocks is even hosting a Rock Hiding event at a local park.
Facebook has groups for most larger cities.
There are also a number of hashtags you can use on Instagram.
This post from The Littlest Thing shares about a little girl who painted all her rocks with rainbows and spread them throughout her city. Find her on Instagram: @rainbowrockproject
Who Can Paint Kindness Rocks and Hide Them?
Absolutely anyone is encouraged to paint and hide rocks. Kids and adults love Kindness Rocks. Groups get together and paint rocks as a project.
This is a wonderful, simple servant project for a church group or Sunday School class. Paint your church name on the back of the rocks with an invitation to join you.
What Should You Do If You Find a Rock?
If you find a Kindness Rock, you can keep it for enjoyment or hide it again for someone else to find. Post a picture on Facebook or Instagram if you like. The person who created the rock just might see it.
Sample Pictures of Kindness Rocks
People from the Sweet Buffalo Rocks group share some of their rock photos:
How will you get in on the Kindness Rocks adventure?
I live in Pickens County, Georgia, and we are having great fun painting and hiding rocks! My kitchen is covered up in rocks at all stages of painting!
Marla Dorsett says
I live in Wilkes County, NC where this originated. We’ve been finding rocks from other towns and states which has been great. My grandchildren ages 10, 8, and 6 have a great time looking for these rocks, especially when they are ouy with their mother doing errands. Besides finding and re-hiding rocks, they have had fun painting their own rocks to hide. A shout out to everyone, Please be sure to post a picture on Facebook when you find a rock. Also, it would be nice for the town or state where you are be put on the rocks as you paint them as you never know where it might end up. It increases the fun for everyone to see where rocks were found and where they are from.
Thanks for this awesome comment! I love the way Facebook has made this super fun and a new way to connect people.
Such a wonderful idea. Beautiful! Spreading kindness.
Agreed – I love the way this is spreading kindness!
Yay rocks! I found one in TN when we were on vacation and had heard about this fun also. I’ve got rocks, paint, and sealer! Now to paint and hide ????
I know, it’s so fun!