Paint These Nativity Story Stones

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  • Stones or rocks
  • Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
  • Paint brush
  • Black gel pen
  • Clear spray-on varnish or Modge Podge
  • Small cloth bags or baby socks for storage


  1. Select stones or rocks from outdoors or purchase a set of painting stones on Amazon. Stones with relatively plain surfaces are best for story stone painting.
  2. Apply white acrylic paint on the top surface of the stones (optional).
  3. Allow the paint to dry.
  4. Use a black gel pen to draw the nativity figures on the white painted stones. Keep the figures nice and simple.
  5. Select a stone with traced figure on it; select paint and grab the paint brush.
  6. Fill the traced drawing with the selected paint.
  7. Use a thin paint brush (“0” or “1”) and paint a thin outline using black acrylic paint. This one was easy. Let’s try something a bit more difficult. 
  8. Here’s a stone with a shepherd figure. 
  9. Select 2 different colors and paint the clothes of the shepherd first.
  10. Now paint the beard and the stick using a thin brush. Allow the paint to dry before going to the next step.
  11. Grab the thin paint brush and black paint; trace the outline of the painted shepherd figure. 
  12. Follow the same steps to draw and paint the other similar figures (Mary, Joseph, other shepherds). 
  13. Painting the sheep and donkey are also easy. Trace the figures using black gel pen, fill the traced figure with paint, and then use black paint to trace the outlines.
  14. Done painting? Allow the paint to dry completely. 
  15. Spray the stones with clear varnish or coat each stone with Modge Podge on the painted surface.
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