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Written On Stone – How to Create Hand Lettered Rocks

Hand lettered rocks that are easy to make with a sharpie. What a special ways to celebrate memorable moments.

Written on Stone: Craft rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.


Do y’all collect stuff? People collect a whole lot of things from teacups to tchotchkes, seashells to spoons.

I collect rocks.

Is that weird?

I love how nature grounds me. It reminds me of who I am, where I came from. In fact, my favorite song talks about a tumbling rough rock becoming smooth through the torrents of life’s challenges.

Without a doubt, I have been that rock in much need of refining.

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.


Every so often, we love to go hiking as a family and I always keep a rock or two from our treks.

A few years ago, when it was a particularly tumultuous time, I truly felt like I was one of those rocks being ground down in the rolling river.

Since we had an amazing day that lifted my spirits, it helped me to turn the corner on some things I had been working through.

As a matter of fact, it was that same day that I happened to find this sweet heart shaped rock.

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.

I didn’t want to forget how beautiful that day was and I wanted to capture that memory to call upon when I needed it.

Then, I remembered a craft I saw on Pinterest where someone made hand lettered names on rocks and used them as place cards for a wedding. Super adorable!

Written on Stone: Craft rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.
source: Simplifying Fabulous

I thought it was such an excellent idea, so why not take that idea and create something that would be meaningful to me.

Like a touchstone for that moment. (see what I did there?)

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.


I love the idea of writing promises on those rocks I collect to remind me of where I was spiritually during that time of my life. It’s a sweet reminder of redemption in dark times as well as the blessings in those good times.

It’s such a surprisingly easy and fun project. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit with the kids and spend the afternoon hand lettering rocks.

How to Make Hand Lettered Rocks

To begin with, you should gather your supplies: permanent markers and rocks.

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.


I do recommend that you use a fresh marker and it’s easiest if the rocks are somewhat smooth.

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.


Also, a clean tip helps if you plan to use calligraphy, or make artistic embellishments. Be prepared for the marker to wear out so you may want to have a few on hand.

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.

You can find some incredible fonts online for inspiration for your hand lettered rocks. Begin with a simple outline, and you can go back over to create a more chalkboard-ish type of print.

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.

You can display your Hand Lettered Rocks in your garden, or together with your houseplants.

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.

I paired my rocks with an adorable framed printable I made, as shown above. I printed “Abide in Him” on an old dictionary page in a typewriter font I found online.

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.

Has this inspired you to create your own Hand Lettered rocks? If you do make some, send me a pic. I’d love to see them!

Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.

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Written on Stone: Hand Lettered rocks that are easy to make and special ways to celebrate memorable moments.

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17 Comments

  1. This is so wonderful! I collected rocks for years. (Wish I still had them!) I painted rocks as a child. My mom used to collect rocks from her trips and would write the date and location on them. I love to hand letter things, so this idea is perfect for me. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How neat that the heart shaped rock was put in your path! Thanks for sharing your links at Celebrate Your Story. Have a fun weekend and we hope you join us again!

  3. OOH! I hadn't thought of using shells! Now you've inspired me! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  4. That's so special that you've collected them since you were little. I'm glad I'm not the only one who adores her 'pet rocks'!

  5. Thanks for the invite! Sorry I was late to the party, but I linked up to this weeks. I'd love to see your jar is you create these. Be sure to tag me back!

  6. Megin, my heart is full and happy with your feature and your sweet words. Thanks so much for sharing the bloggy love!

  7. Thanks Laura! Let me know if you create some rocks on your own. I'd love to see what you make!

  8. Thanks for following! I need these reminders daily of His Grace in our life. I'm so glad you like it!

  9. Glad I was able to inspire you, Stacey! Thanks for coming by!

  10. I love these, and it would work for the beach-combing shell collectors as well (although it is easier to write on the inside of the shells). I find rocks and shells at many client's homes, because it IS fun to collect them and the memories they represent. We often put them in the garden, or in a clear vase. So cute! (visiting from BragAboutIt)

  11. I've collected rocks since I was a very small girl. I have a nice collection of heart shaped rocks that I display on my front porch by the door. Most of mine are in my garden…used to decorate planters & fairy gardens. I live on a little lake that has lots of fossils on the bank so I have a collection of them that I've gleaned over the years. Some are special because of where they came from.

  12. What a fun idea, Jen! I love the way these darling stones look on your table tray. So cute!
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  13. This is such a great idea, I am thinking of starting a jar of these. I think it would be a great little decor addition to add to a mantel or a bookcase. It is a conversation starter, too, isn't it? I would love it if you would stop by and share this at the Celebrate Your Story! link party. If you have a moment to visit, here is the link: http://celebrateanddecorate.com/celebrate-story-30/ I hope you can join us!

  14. Oh such a lovely idea! I have a few white rocks that need transforming. Thank you so very much for joining us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  15. I love this idea! Great reminders of His grace even in our struggles. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower.

  16. This is a neat idea, Jen. I used to have a faux rock that I paid pretty money for..I think it said "blessed" on it. Over time the rock changed colors and went away. I was just wondering how to do this on the real thing! Thanks 🙂

    So glad you joined Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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