Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dad Rocks Paperweight Tutorial

This cute and easy idea is from Crafts From Amanda.com
I love it!

If you are looking for a last minute Father's Day gift your kids can make, this is it! It's fun to make, uses very few supplies, and there's a very high probability you already have everything on hand to make this. Send the kids out in the yard to gather some small pebbles, or if you have pea gravel that's perfect! Pull out some salt, flour and water and you are ready to make this great Father's Day gift dad will cherish.

Dad Rocks Salt Dough Paperweight
printable version

What You Need

1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup water
cookie sheet
1/2 cup pea gravel

What you do

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl. If dough is too sticky add small amounts of flour until it is doughy and pliable. Be careful not to add too much as the dough will dry out and your creation will crack.

Shape a piece of the dough into a ball in your hands. Place the ball on the cookie sheet and flatten to about 1/2" thickness.

Carefully select pieces of pea gravel to spell out "DAD ROCKS". Press them firmly but gently into the salt dough.

Bake your paperweight for 2-2.5 hours until completely dry.

Remove from oven and allow to cool before handling or removing from cookie sheet.

Optional: You can spray your creation with acrylic sealer or paint it with a clear coat sealer.

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