Glitter Rock Valentines for Kids

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Glitter Rock Valentines for Kids

Need a fun Valentine craft project for your kids (or yourself!)?

Try rock valentines. They are super simple to make and involve three favorite art materials of every child I know—rocks, glue, and glitter.

Seriously, how could you go wrong?

We made these this afternoon as an after school playdate activity. Here’s the how-to and the (gratuitous) pics…

Glitter Rock Valentines for Kids

Glitter Rock Valentines for Kids

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. Gather small, smooth rocks :: wash & dry them.

I scrub the rocks briefly, rinse them, and spread them out on a cookie sheet in a hot oven for a few minutes to dry.*

I prepared the rocks ahead of time so they would be ready to work with when the kids got home, but it would be a fun activity extension for them.

*Note :: If you gather rocks from a wet area, such as a stream, do NOT put them in the oven as the moisture may make them explode.

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2. Glue

Squeeze a small amount of white glue into a dish. We used Elmer’s School Glue. I imagine Mod Podge would work, too.

Glitter Rock Valentines for Kids

3. Paint heart with glue.

Use a fine paint brush to paint a heart on a rock with glue.

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4. Apply glitter

Sprinkle your wet glue heart with glitter.

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5. Remove extra glitter.

Shake off the excess glitter from the rock.

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6. Admire

Now you can admire and share your new glitter rock valentine.

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7. Repeat!

Make more rock Valentines.

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And more…

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Here are Maia’s valentines.

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Daphne had great fun making her glitter rocks.

Glitter Rock Valentines for Kids

As did I.

This project was inspired by our family’s love of glitter as well as the fabric heart rocks we made a couple years ago.

How about you? What are your favorite Valentines for kids? Or what Valentine’s Day crafts are you up to these days?

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  • Reply
    butterfly wishes wonderland dreams
    January 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    very cute and everything is better with glitter :) according to my little giggle girl! :)
    fun valentines also all kids love rocks :)

  • Reply
    molly
    January 25, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I’m totally stealing this. I’m sure I’ve told you before how I love rocks (grandma geologist, etc.) and I think the kids would find this super fun. Plus, telling someone “you rock” seems less intimidating than “will you be my Valentine”. ;)

  • Reply
    rachel
    January 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

    we have lots of shells saved from our last beach trip… we might try on those!

  • Reply
    Cathy @ Nurturestore
    January 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Love these Jean!

  • Reply
    rachel
    January 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

    those placements are super cute, too, btw!

  • Reply
    Allie
    January 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    These are precious. I featured them on my blog today http://www.missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2013/01/12-sweet-handmade-valentines.html Come on over and check them out and grab a button if you like!

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    [email protected]
    February 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    We love these glittery rocks too for a special Valentine. We featured you today on http://www.simplysprouteducate.com. We had fun making them with our own children! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Eva Scott
    February 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    These are so fun and pretty! I love glitter!!

  • Reply
    Mariel
    February 2, 2013 at 12:08 am

    So fun! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party starting tomorrow (through Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Also, don’t miss the “Sweethearts Giveaway” starting Monday with more than $2,000 in prizes. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

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    @zingzingtree
    February 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Love this xxx

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    Mary
    March 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Great idea – can do for other holidays and special events also. I have so many river stones in my yard, about time to put them to good use. :)

  • Reply
    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art book author
    January 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I’m a huge fan of glitter, and so are all kids I know. I think this would also be fun to do with gold paint or silver paint, or other metallics. You rock!! Rock on! Rock and roll! Rock of ages! Rock adoodle doo!

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