Easy kids craft for Father’s Day

by Amanda F Posted on June 14, 2011

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Dad Rocks Salt Dough Paperweight

Dads play an important part in our children’s lives. What better way to celebrate him than by having the kids make a special gift. This fun paperweight only requires small rocks and simple ingredients from your kitchen. He’ll love the results and cherish it always.

If you enjoyed this project you might also want to see how to make a duct tape wallet which will also make a great gift for dad. Making a special breakfast for dad? Try these quick orange rolls!


1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup water
cookie sheet
1/2 cup pea gravel


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl. If 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 1/2″ 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.

For more fun projects from Amanda, follow along on her blog Crafts by Amanda or get great recipes on Amanda’s Cookin’.


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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    fun project….love it.

  2. Joey Says:

    How cute is this. I like how easy it is, perfect gift for kids to give their dad!

  3. BarbaraJ Says:

    This is cute and a great idea! I so glad you do the crafts for all the mothers and grandmother of children. Thanks again.

  4. craftsbyamanda Says:

    Thanks everyone! :)

  5. Tiffany M Says:

    oh man… i missed the boat on this one! i will have to remember this for next year. love it.

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Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda (http://craftsbyamanda.com/) and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin' (http://amandascookin.com/)

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