Here’s a cute and easy craft for ya. Hot rocks.
And it’s cheap. Actually I guess it’s free! Wowza.
Could be a fun Valentine’s Day project? You could draw hearts!
We made these for my dad for his birthday last week (and a few for me too!) They would be super cute as a paperweight. But, we’re going to use them in our garden and landscaping. A splash of color here and there. Dad’s going to put them in his outdoor fountain. They’re waterproof since they are covered in wax. 🙂
We used this same method when we made our Easter eggs last year.
It’s just so fun, I couldn’t wait to try it with rocks.
What you need:
* Clean Rocks
* An Oven
* Peeled Crayons
What you do:
Have the kiddos peel the crayons.
(They love this part. I mean, what is it about crayons that beg to be peeled?)
Place clean, dry rocks on a baking sheet. Place in hot oven. I put mine in at 350 for about 10 minutes. As long as they’re hot when you take them out it doesn’t really matter the temperature.
Warn the kids that the rocks are HOT! Really hot.
(Mine are 4 and 2 and they were really careful.)
Take a peeled crayons and just have at it. After you touch the crayon to the rock it takes just a second for it to start melting.
Then the crayon will glide over the rock and leave a bright and brilliant mark. If you hold it in one place long enough it will start to drip. Which is also a cool effect.
Let the wax dry and the rocks cool for an hour or so.
They end results are just so pretty.
I can’t wait to put them in outside in our landscaping and garden.
The bean made a cool Packer one.
He calls it his “football rock”.
I believe he thinks the Packers are the only team that play football! haha. Poor kid.
Cranberry Morning says
Cute! I was thinking of this for a VBS craft and we could count on at least one boy making a Packer rock. lol
Tracy Crosby says
These are really fun! They can make these dreary winter days seem bright! Love them.
Alison Vasco says
Love your hot rocks crayon project. I’m going to do it with my nieces the next time I go down to NC…. Thanks for sharing
Laurie Nykaza says
These are so cute and colorful the kids would have fun making them and putting them in the garden
Dawn Reilly says
Cute simple idea! Love it!
Julie Marie Beane says
Great rainy day idea
good for developing fine motor skills
Jennifer Pellicone says
What a great idea! And I love the idea of putting them in the garden!
Peggy Johnson says
fun even for the real little ones
Rebecca Carter says
cute but i think my son would have issues sitting still to make them.
wendi watson says
i think this is one of the cutest ideas ever! very personable
Janice Crespo says
My grandson is only a year, but I know my daughter and I would have a blast doing this – we are moving to a new apt and going to set up some planters around the outside – so this would be nice to try to do some decorations with 🙂 Thanks for sharing – I pinned this 🙂
Priscilla S. says
Cute and fun. I would have loved doing this kind of unique art craft as a child.
Farrah King says
ohhhh wow! This is a new one for me! I guess I never thought about doing something like this! I thought you were just going to melt down the left over crayons and make them cool in a rock shape! SURPRISE! 🙂
I really like this craft, but I don’t think that I would allow a child under the age of 4 near hot rocks. Thank you for sharing this craft.
Stacy Harrington Calhoun says
This is a great idea for sprucing up the yard decorations, you could even try to theme them for the seasons.
I like these for older kids as well, with some metallic paints or paint pens. Cute!
Mary Beth Elderton says
How fun! I think I would enjoy this myself. I wonder if you could varnish–or mod podge–to protect the colors.
sandy weinstein says
this reminds me of the pet rock phase
Kimberly Flickinger says
What a unique craft! Thank you for posting!
Betty Baez says
This is cool! Now I have a reason to start searching the yard for rocks!
Minta Boggs says
I love these! would be great for paper weights like for daddy for Father’s day! very pretty and love the colors!
Paula Morgan says
Such a cute idea!! I love the thought of putting them in a fountain…especially if it is lit up at night!! Wouldn’t this be a cute idea to do on a cinder block and put it in the Garden as a “Toad Home” or a “Fairy House”?? ♥
Heather Hayes Panjon says
This Would Be Such A Fun Budget Friendly Craft For Anyone To Enjoy,Very Creative.
Cute project for the littles.
amanda whitley says
this looks messy but fun!
Cheryl Reinhardt says
Fun !!!! Would have never thought up this idea myself……. Kudo’s to you for your idea!!!!!!!!!!!
Jasmine P says
Such a fun craft! My kids would love this!
RANDY FULGHAM says
THESE ARE VERY COOL LOOKIN-HAPPY EASTER
These look quite fun!
Lily Kwan says
This hot rocks project looks very fun. Thanks for sharing!