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Published March 18th 2012
Whether you have come back from holidays with some natural souvenirs, tiding up the garden, or just looking for something simple and crafty to amuse yourself or the kids, those rocks, pebbles and shells can be used to make pet rocks.
Pet rocks make great ornaments, unique personalised gifts or even different toys for children to play with .
This is an inexpensive craft, using mainly found objects and leftovers from previous craft. However, do not let that stop you from going out and purchasing materials to add that little bit extra.
A nice sized rock: Let me just state that pet rock is a generic term, if you have a nice shell, stick or anything that you feel has an inner character, do not be afraid to reveal it just because it is not a rock.
Shells: These make a great addition as ears, feet, wings anything you can imagine.
Note: Make sure all you rocks, shells and sticks are all clean and dry before beginning
Bits and Pieces, Miscellaneous Items: This is the fun part, fabric, string, wool, ribbon, beads, felt, glitter and paint. Remember the above are just suggestions or examples, let your imagination run wild in choosing what materials to make your pet out of.
Craft glue is necessary for adding features to your pet.
There are two ways to go about creating your pet. You can either see where your materials take you, or decide beforehand what type of pet you want to take. My pet rock mouse came about from having a nice egg-shaped rock and two matching shells perfect for mouse ears.
1. Begin by choosing you base, or main body of your pet. Decide which is the front and which is the back, this may change as you work out what you are making.
2. Next go through your collection and find what works. Experiment is the key.
For Example: Ears: Glue on matching shells, or small bits of felt in the size you want. Eyes: Try small rocks, beads, draw them on or even buy your own googly eyes. Nose: A nice bead or too will be nice. Tail: Try using wool, string, ribbon, or even fabric. What about legs and wings?
Blue-tack is a great way to hold pieces in place as you play to get a measure of the final product without having the trouble of glue.
3. Once you have decided on you final pet, use the craft glue to stick your features. It is best to do these one at a time, holding them in place until they dry a little, otherwise they will run down the side of your rock.
That is it; you are now the proud owner of a pet rock. Why not see how many different animals you can make?