DIY Message Stone Favors

message rocks

You may have heard of wishing stones, but have you heard of message stones?

Message stones are painted stones with words or sayings on them: message stones

I first discovered them on Etsy, where Kim from Queen of Arts sells message stones and encourages people to leave them for strangers to discover.

She writes:

“Their little love messages have been left all over the place now, from the sidewalks in Montreal, Quebec to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, and so many spots in between … I continue to leave these rocks all over in order to spread a little more love in my world.”

I love this concept, so I made my own message stones. These would make a cute DIY gift, and if you are having a small guest list, they’d be a fun wedding favor.

Simply place inside a burlap bag (here’s a tutorial on how to make a burlap bag) with a few words that explain what they are all about, and voila – you have a unique, handmade and inexpensive DIY wedding favor. Here’s our message:

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Tutorial for Hand-painted Message Rocks

You will need:

Choose your stone.

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Apply acrylic paint to brush and paint the entire stone.

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Let dry.

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Using a small brush, paint words onto the rock.

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Let dry. Add a coat of glossy varnish.

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  1. Posted by Katherine York on October 8th, 2012 at 12:46am

    Hi, I was wondering about how much this cost per bag? Using maybe 3-5 stones per bag?
  2. Posted by Christina on October 8th, 2012 at 11:12am

    Hi Katherine... it depends how much you spend on the bags. The rocks are free if you've got a beach nearby.
  3. Posted by Teri on October 26th, 2012 at 10:57am

    Lovely idea! After you paint the rock, couldn't you write your messages with a permanent sharpie instead of paint, then finish off with varnish? I'm thinking that would be easier than using a tiny brush and paint-at least for me! :) Thank you!
  4. Posted by Christina on October 26th, 2012 at 11:08am

    Hi Teri,

    Yes, a Sharpie or paint pen would work too. Prolly easier!
  5. Posted by Ginger on November 4th, 2012 at 1:44pm

    From time to time I run across a small rock in my garden that I painted while in high school. I will not say how many years ago that was, but I STILL love the rock. This tutorial has inspired me to paint another, and some for gifts. Thanks for the memories.
  6. Posted by Jeannine Carroll on February 16th, 2013 at 11:27am

    Thank you so much for the ideas and also for the links to other sites to get more info! You're appreciated!
  7. Posted by Michelle Boneta on September 4th, 2013 at 1:19pm

    I was wondering typically how long it takes to dry the rocks once painted??
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