Monster Door Stops


I vanished once again, this time to Italy. And despite a pretty intense heat wave, it was amazing. One of our many stops included Sacro Bosco, also known as Parco dei Mostri (Park of Monsters). Now how could a name like that not inspire a project. This sculpture filled garden was conceived of in the 16th century by Pier Francesco Orsini in honour of his deceased wife, Giulia Farnese, and designed by Pirro Ligorio, with the sculptures by Simone Moschino. It was a wonderful and surreal environment to visit. So with only a short time until Halloween, I say bring on the monsters.


  • stones
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • black Sharpie marker



  1. Find yourself a good sized stone that can hold a door open when a nice cool breeze comes blowing through your home. Wash it and allow to dry.
  2. Find images of monsters, or work from your imagination, and paint on the stone. Any outlining can easily be done with a Sharpie marker, once the paint has dried.
  3. Keep the stone handy and near a door, so next time there’s a cool breeze, the door won’t slam shut because your little monster door stop will be keeping everything under control.

Here are a few images from Parco dei Mostri, which inspired this project:












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18 responses to “Monster Door Stops

  1. Great Halloween project! Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a fascinating place! Perfect for Halloween! I’d like to stroll through those gardens after dark with only a flashlight! I’m glad you had a wonderful trip even though I missed your posts.
    The monster stones are great! Easy for kids to do. My grandkids love collecting stones for painting even though we’ve only done ladybugs so far and a few pumpkin and ghost shaped ones for a tic-tac-toe type game.

    • So nice to hear from you Joyce! This garden would be fantastically spooky to visit at night with a flashlight. I can’t say enough about painting on stones. It’s always so much fun, and wonderful that your grandchildren have enjoyed it.

  3. Wow, that garden looks amazing! The monster rocks are so much fun too – might have a go at them. 😀

  4. Thank you for posting the Spooky Stones. Shall try them with my grandson and glad you had such a wonderful time.

  5. Your fun post made me nostalgic! I cannot tell you how many rocks my kids painted over the years 😉 Yours turned out super cute!

  6. Great to see you again on craft schooling Sunday, great doorstops and love seeing photos of the garden!

  7. Jann Olson

    Oh these just made me smile! Love the rock art as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. “You shall not close the door”, says the monster! The best door stops ever!

  9. First time I’m finding your blog. I love it. I do lots of art work with my toddler. We will be doing this project today. I have also featured you today on Beautiful, Creative & Inspired Link Party #9. Thanks!

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