Paperweights have always made great gifts for Father’s Day. They use inexpensive supplies, just head outside and find some rocks, and are easy to make! They’re also useful. Dad can use them at work at his desk, or at home in his own space. These rock paperweights tell dad what he is to you. He is your hero, so tell him!
This is a great project for older kids to make for dad. However, with some help from mom, these are also great for the younger set. I’ve put these into a little wooden crate as well. These crates can be found at Michaels and are only a couple of dollars.
I’ve suggested some words in the instructions, but you can certainly substitute any others that you see fit.
As I mentioned, you can get rocks out of the yard, or you can buy a bag from Michaels or other craft stores. I found mine over by the seashells near the florals.
Start by painting the rocks black. Once they have dried completely, paint a circle of white paint in the center of each. You may need 2, or even 3 coats.
Sand the edges of the wooden crate and paint it black. After it dries, sand the edges to expose some of the wood. When you’re all done you’ll write “my dad is…” on the front of the crate.
To decorate the rocks, use colorful paint pens to write the words on the rocks. Add polka dots around the border of the white circles.
Note: I used DecoArt’s paint pens, which I LOVE. I used them for the first time when I made my Colorful Mustache Mugs. However, you could use colored Sharpies if you want to. However, if you do, you will need to allow the Sharpies to dry for a couple hours before adding the sealer. If you don’t, the Sharpies might run and ruin all your work!
Full detailed instructions below. Have a Happy Father’s Day!
- Small wooden crate
- 6 smooth stones
- Black and white acrylic paint
- Paint pens or colored Sharpies
- Acrylic sealer, matte or satin finish
- Paint the stones black and let dry completely. When dry, paint a circle on the stone with white paint. You will probably need 2-3 coats to cover; allow to dry between coats.
- Sand the wooden crate and paint it black. When dry, sand the edges to expose the wood underneath. Use a white paint pen to write "my dad is…" across the front on both sides.
- Use colored paint pens to write the following words in the white circle of the stones: strong, brave, smart, loving, honorable, my hero.
- Use black paint pen to add small dots all around the inside edge of the white circles.
- Allow everything to dry for several hours. Sharpies will run when sprayed with sealer if not allowed to dry completely so be sure not to skimp on this step!
- Spray the crate and the stones with acrylic sealer. When dry, apply a second coat.