Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pinned It Made It: Rock Cacti

Where did the summer go? Sorry for the lack of posts. We had a very busy summer filled with vacations, camps, crafts, and so much more. Today is the first day that both kids are in school. Now that I have a few more hours in my week I hope to up date the blog on a more regular basis. 


I found this cute little craft from the Craftberry Bush blog via Pinterest a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was super cute and couldn't wait to try it with the kids. We spread out the project over a couple of evenings to allow for drying time etc. 

Pinned version via Craftberry Bush blog

Night 1: 
Collect rocks. We went for a walk on a trail in the woods near our home before dinner. I instructed the kids to look for smooth round rocks in a variety of sizes. We found more than enough. When we got home I set each of them up on the deck with a bucket of soapy water and an old toothbrush and let them wash the rocks. We left the rocks outside to dry. 

Night 2: 
Paint the rocks. I did not prime the rocks before painting. I gave each child a paper plate with a few green and yellow paint options and let them paint their hearts out. The only rule was that they had to cover every surface of the rocks with paint. They usually love any project that involves paint. We set the rocks on wax paper to dry overnight. 

Night 3: 
Embellish the rocks & assemble the cacti.  To embellish the rocks, we used brown, green, black, and orange Sharpies. I like the white paint in the original post, but sharpies were easier for my kids (ages 4 and 7). We tried out different patterns on paper and looked at pictures of cacti for ideas. 

I used a fast drying silicone adhesive to attached smaller rocks to larger rocks. The kids offered input on which rocks should go where. 

Night 4-5: 
Set cacti in pots. To hold the rock cacti in place, I decided to set ours in plaster of paris. I mixed the plaster per the instructions and poured it in into my little terra-cotta pots (~l/2 inch from the top of the pot). I left the price tags over the holes on the bottom of the pots and no plaster leaked out. I let the plaster set for a bit until I could push a rock into it with out the rock sinking (like the consistency of wet sand). I arranged my cacti then let them dry over night. As a final step, to hide the plaster, we topped off the pots with some gravel I had left over from another project. You could also use sand from the sand box. 

I know it sounds like a lot of steps, but it was very easy. The kids loved seeing their creations come together and I love that they now each have a little plant that doesn't require any care. 




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