Getting Crafty with the Kids

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and since we are trapped in a house thanks to our chickenpox outbreak, we have had to get seriously crafty to give him something special.

Hubby is already getting a fantastic collage from ScrapWalls, but I wanted to do something more. (I have this thing – I just can’t give one gift. I have to go all out. It’s a serious weakness.)

Anyway, I decided we needed to get crafty. I found a recipe online for a cute “Dad Rocks” project here.

I ended up modifying it a bit and creating my own version as well as an additional gift with the kids hand prints.

Here’s our Dad Rocks project:

Dad Rocks

And here’s the hand print gift I mentioned:

kids prints
Yes, that’s Gage’s foot. 🙂 He had no desire to open his hand and let me put it on there, so we improvised!

I’m heading to Walmart on Saturday to get Ash the stuff she needs for camp. While we’re there, we’ll grab a couple of blocks of wood from the craft section and some heavy-duty glue. I’m going to spray these with a clear sealant, paint the wood, and then attach the pieces to the wood. Then, I’ll use some fabulous Command Brand strips to hang them up. I’ll share pictures as soon as we get them finished up.

The recipe that the girl posted on her site didn’t work so well for me, but tweaking it did. Here’s what I did:

1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup water
food coloring (optional)
parchment paper (optional)

Preheat oven to 250*

Mix together the flour, salt, and water in a bowl until it forms a dough. If the dough is too sticky, keep adding flour. (Just be careful, because if the dough gets too dry, it will crack in the oven!)

Once you have the dough at the right consistency, form it into a ball. Tear off a piece of parchment paper, and use a rolling pin to flatten the ball into an oval shape that’s about 1/2 an inch thick. (Make sure it’s even, or it will do funny things – like bubble up – in the oven.)

Use rocks to spell out Dad Rocks. Push the rocks into the dough as far as you can.

Place the item on a cookie sheet. (Tip: Keep it on the parchment paper, so it won’t stick to your cookie sheet!) Bake in the oven for 2 – 3 hours, or until completely dry. Spray front and back with a clear sealant (optional, but it will last longer if you do!).

For the hand print project, I doubled the recipe above, but did everything else the same. (I used a toothpick to write the year and the kids’ names in the dough.) It had to cook longer – almost 5 hours, but that’s because it was a lot of dough. You won’t need to double it if you only have a couple of small hands.

My kids had a blast doing this together, and we can’t wait to finish up the projects and give them to Daddy on Father’s Day!

((To see the completed projects, click here: Father’s Day Gifts Were a Hit!))

Now, you tell me: Are you making Dad a gift this year?

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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