Fall is here and it’s time for some sweet crafts! Here’s a super easy tutorial on how to make candy corn painted rocks using alcohol ink.

candy corn painted rocks
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This sweet rock painting craft is a part of another post called, 31 Days of Halloween Rocks, check it out for more boo-tiful rock painting ideas.

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Rock Hunting 101

  • Start by searching in your own backyard for rocks to paint. Public areas such as parks, and hiking trails are great places to find rocks.
  • It’s against the law to remove rocks or even leave your painted rocks in National or State Parks.
  • You can even try home improvement stores, a local garden center, or stone yard to purchase your rocks.
  • Next, it’s time to clean the rocks using soapy water to remove dust or dirt. Let them dry completely before starting the project.
places to find rocks

Candy Corn Painted Rocks


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  1. Begin by painting a base coat of white craft paint on the rock and let it dry before moving on to the next step. 
  2. Divide the rock into three sections, just like a candy corn. Be sure protect your work surface by using paper plates or something similar while using alcohol inks.
  3. Use a paintbrush for each color so it doesn’t muddy up the each color section of your candy corn painted rocks.
  4. Dip your paintbrush in the alcohol then into the alcohol ink and apply one of the colors across the rock in a horizontal line covering of the top portion.
  5. Repeat the same process of swiping the next two colors across the middle and then the bottom.
  6. For more vibrant colors apply a second coat of stripes across the rock again.
  7. After all the sweet candy corn painted rocks are completely dry, spray a light coat of clear sealer on the rocks and let it dry some before applying a second coat. Let it dry for 24 hours before touching the rocks.
candy corn painted rocks

Helpful Rock Painting Tips…

  • Painting a rock with a base coat will provide a vibrant tone to your design.
  • Acrylic craft paint is water-based, fast-drying, but also easy to clean off of skin. 
  • Read our post on 35 acrylic painting tips that will blow your mind!
  • Painting a rock with a base coat will provide a vibrant tone to your design.
  • Be sure to use alcohol ink in a well-ventilated area, due to the strong alcohol odor.
  • Follow the directions on the clear sealer spray and be sure to use in a well-ventilated area such as outside.

Here are some more Halloween Rock Painting Ideas:

  • Witches
  • Spiders
  • Skeletons
  • Pumpkins & Jack O’ Lanterns
  • Black Cats
  • Sugar Skulls
  • Frankenstein
  • Dracula
  • Mummies
  • Zombies
  • Werewolves
  • Tombstones
  • Scarecrow

Extra Craft Items to use to for Halloween Rocks:

Have you made your own Candy Corn Painted Rocks?

If so, let me know in the comments below.

Happy Haunting!