Dad Rocks Salt Dough Paperweight Craft for Father’s Day

| June 10, 2013 | 7 Comments

Father’s Day is almost here!  It is a celebration honoring fathers for the great job they do at raising their little ones – a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers and father figures, such as Step-Fathers, that are in their lives.

Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days. Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day.

Usually the children will buy their Father a gift, such as neckties or sports memorabilia or equipment!   I personally think that Dad’s everywhere also love the crafts that their children often make at school.  I know my fiance loves these things just as much as a gift that has a monetary value.   This year my step-daughter is convinced that boxes of chocolates will be the perfect gift.

I asked my fiance which type of craft he would love from his kids and the craft below was the winner!  Masculine and useful (it’s a paperweight!) this “Dad Rocks” craft is sure to be a hit!

(Maybe even more so than the paper tie he received last year and was told to wear to work several days in a row – and doing so to avoid one teary eyed little girl if she didn’t see it on him!  LOL – he loved it anyways, like any good Dad would!)

Whatever you do, have fun with your kids this Father’s Day and take those pictures to commemorate the occasion.  Sometimes I think it’s more of a celebration for them than it is the parent!


Thank you to Crafts by Amanda for the great idea!

Dad Rocks Salt Dough Paperweight

What You Need

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

What you do

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.





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  1. Darlene Wissenz says:

    What a great Fathers day craft to make with the grandkids

  2. Darlene Wissenz says:

    the kids can collect the stones from the beach and use them to decorate this paper weight

  3. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for sharing,i love it To late to make for Fathers day now but will make for BD next month.Can spend a few hours at the beach looking for pretty rocks with the kids

  4. kathy downey says:

    Seeing this today and I totally forgot about doing this craft we even had the rocks collected from last summer to do this.

  5. kathy downey says:

    We are going to use it to make a craft for poppy s birthday coming up the 17th Dec.

  6. Wanda Tracey says:

    This is such a cute idea for a craft and it’s also very touching I think.Thank you for the great idea.

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