June 5, 2013

Painted Rocks: Father's Day Gift

Painted Rocks: Father's Day Gift

Painted rocks, glued together and sealed with Mod Podge, make a great Father's Day gift.  Dads, everywhere, will find many uses for this colorful gift. For example, the rocks could be used as a decoration in the garden (see above), or they could be used as a paperweight or a doorstop.



                                                               Mod Podge (click for Amazon.com)  





Procedure:



  • I poured yellow, green, pink, and blue tempera paint into separate containers and got out four brushes: a separate brush for each paint color.  That way two year old Calvin wouldn't have to contend with rinsing between colors.


  • Calvin loved painting these rocks. He filled his brush with paint and puddled it thickly on the rocks. As the paint dried, the colors remained vibrant.  











  • Once the paint dried, I used Gorilla Glue to adhere three of the rocks together, each stacked upon the other. Then I sealed the rocks with two coats of Mod Podge, making them water proof.
(paperweight)




(doorstop)





Note: A little Gorilla Glue goes a long way.  I made the mistake of adding additional glue.  Wow!  The glue expanded about 10 times its original size as it dried, which made it swish out from between the rocks. 



                                                              Gorilla Glue (click for Amazon.com) 








  • Calvin's rocks will become Father's Day gifts for Daddy, Grandpa, and Poppa. 


Happy Father's Day




   Extend the Activity:




Mod Podge can be used as a glue for nonporous materials like paper or fabric. It's also a sealer which is why I used it for today's project. Since it dries clear, you could use it  for decoupage.  I like that it is non-toxic and cleans up with water. Yeah! for Mod Podge! 



(click for Amazon.com)








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Here's another little-arty-pants activity where we used Mod Podge. At the bottom of the post there are two links that lead to websites filled with Mod Podge ideas. I really like Mod Podge.  Can you tell?  



Do you have a comment or a suggestion? I'd love to hear from you. 










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