Dad Rocks Paperweight

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If you are looking for a last minute Father’s Day gift your kids can make, this Dad Rocks Paperweight 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.

paperweight that says dad rocks on it made from salt dough and rocks with a post it under it near a computer keyboard

Why dad and the kids will love this project

Kids love to be outside, and adore creating. 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 that dad will cherish. The perfect keepsake he can take to work!

little boy holding a handmade paperweight for his dad

Supplies you will need

salt dough supplies needed for dad rocks paperweight

How to make this Dad Rocks Paperweight

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix flour, salt, and water together in a bowl. If the 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.

child adding flour and salt to a bowlchild adding water to salt and flour in bowl

  1. Shape a piece of the dough into a ball in your hands. Place the ball on the cookie sheet and flatten to about ½″ thickness.

Child placing rocks into a bowl of salt doughchild spelling out dad rocks with gravel on a salt dough paperweight

  1. Carefully select pieces of pea gravel to spell out “DAD ROCKS”. Press them firmly but gently into the salt dough.
  2. Bake your paperweight for 2-2.5 hours until completely dry.
  3. Remove from oven and allow to cool before handling or removing from cookie sheet.
  4. Optional: You can spray your creation with an acrylic sealer or paint it with a clear coat sealer.

salt dough paperweight that spells out dad rocks in actual rocks

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Dad Rocks Paperweight

Make dad a fun salt dough paperweight for Father’s Day. Make a great, and useful gift for dad!

Prep Time10 mins

Crafting Time2 hrs 30 mins

Total Time2 hrs 40 mins

Age Group: Kids Crafts

Project Type: Crafts

Author: Amanda Formaro

Supplies

  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • bowl
  • cookie sheet
  • ½ cup pea gravel

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

  • Mix flour, salt, and water together in a bowl. If the 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 ½″ 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.

Dad Rocks Paperweight by Amanda Formaro

Amanda’s original photo from 2010

This post was originally published on this blog on June 18, 2010 and has since been updated with new photos.

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