A while ago I spotted the cutest gift, it was actually a print and not actual rocks. But it read "Our Grandpa Rocks" and has all the names of the children in the family printed on surrounding rocks. That framed print is $40 and I just couldn't justify paying for it as cute as it is, but I put it on my to-do list to try to create something similar. The major difference is that I used real rocks because hey... rocks are free. You could also purchase them really inexpensively though, they'd look nicer and smoother. I was tempted, but for the purpose of seeing how cheap I could make my own version I stuck with the real deal.
The original frame size was 16" x 16" but the Dollar Tree only had deep frames in a smaller size which was 5" x 7" which is probably just as well because the rocks are a bit dense and heavy. Total cost was $1 for the frame! Rocks were free and I already had glue and a permanent marker at home. After picking up my frame from the dollar store, I went on a mission to find flat and smooth rocks.I grabbed a few extra so that I could see which ones would fit and work together. I'd also suggest trying to find some with varying colors for contrast.
Once I found my rocks, I made sure to clean them thoroughly before using. Then I spaced them out in the order that I wanted them on the frame. I used the promotional cardboard that came in the frame as my backboard. If you find yours isn't sturdy enough, you can also find some heavier stock or cardboard around the house to use instead. On the rocks that I chose to write on, I used a permanent marker. You could opt to use a whole array of products instead or even fancy it up with different colors, I think a permanent marker should hold up really nicely though.
The last step is to glue each rock into place. You'll want to use a glue gun or something extremely heavy duty to ensure the heavy rocks stick. Once your project is dry, you can put it into the frame and it's ready! It's really a simple project, which is why I enjoyed it so much!
What You Need:
✔ Small deep frame or Shadow Box
✔ Flat Smooth Rocks
✔ Glue Gun or Heavy Duty Glue
✔ Permanent Marker
What To Do:
Make sure you have a sturdy enough surface for your rock picture. Check to see if the promotional cardboard inside your frame is thick enough to support glued rocks. If not, find a heavy cardstock or piece of cardboard around the house and trim to size. Spread your rocks out and figure out which ones will look best with writing on them. Use a permanent marker or similar to write on the rocks. hen, glue them into place. Wait for them to dry and voila that is it! You rock!
This project is so versatile! You can use it for any theme. I opted to do "Our Family Rocks" and added our names. You could do almost anything such as "Our Teacher Rocks" and add students names or reasons why he or she rocks or for Mother's, Father's Day. I don't know, but I just find that irresistibly cute! It makes a great affordable DIY gift that your child can help make.
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