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We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
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Monday
Jun212010

making pet rocks

My girls are officially on summer vacation and amidst swimming, play dates and camps, we have been trying to do a weekly craft project. My 7-year old, Charlotte, loves nothing more than a trip to the craft store. She could wander the aisles for hours. My 4-year old, Amelia, likes it for about 5 minutes. Hence, we needed a craft to appeal to both ages. After a bit of brainstorming, we came up with the idea of making pet rocks.

The beauty of this project is that it can take as little or as long as your child has the patience for. The possibilities are endless. Ladybugs, panda bears, turtles.... the list goes on and on.

 

THE SUPPLIES  You will need a selection of rocks (I had a bag from IKEA – however, I'm sure you can find some in your yard), cement glue, masking tape (to hold the rocks in place after you glue them), googly eyes, paint brushes and either Tempura paint (for younger children) or acrylic paint (for older children).

 

The simplest pet rocks require no gluing, ala these darling ladybugs. This is a good starting point as your more in-depth "pets" are drying.

 

For Charlotte's polka-dotted panda bear, we had to wait overnight for it to dry due to the large rocks used. Masking tape came in handy for holding all the pieces together until they were completely dry. Then the fun begins with the paint!

 

Amelia adores her pet puppy dog which took approximately 3 minutes for her to paint. I adore that our "pets" require no upkeep...happy summer!

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Another suggestion for a project with acrylic paint, make it a summer time thing to do with the kids.
Is to go to the river or lake nearest home and collect rocks big enough to paint on with a big acrylic paint brush. This can be their on design and encourage them to use their Imagination. Let them give the acrylic art as a gift for someone special. This teaches them to give to others. These are great for Grandma she will love it!

They are cute and adorable. I want to squeeze them. My children will surely love them


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05.27 | Unregistered CommenterElisa

The pet rocks I made as a kid were never this cool - I love the simplicity of your designs. I think they would be a hit with the readers of my blog. Would it be okay to use one of your photos when I share the link to your post via my "rock art rocks" blog I'm putting together? Thanks!

06.29 | Unregistered CommenterYana

Smart idea for smart kids..I gotta share this idea on our children's activity

Raquel

I was looking for this Pet rock post because I have read about this in your other post. You are so lucky to have very talented and creative kids. I will show this to my daughters and I'm sure that they would want me to take them to the crafts store. They are so bored right now because classes has ended and will start on June :c

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