Heart rocks - an easy decoupage project for Valentine's Day

Heart Rocks – An easy decoupage project for Valentine’s Day

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Heart rocks - an easy decoupage project for Valentine's Day

Do you enjoy rock art like I do?

We used smooth rocks and fabric hearts, along with some Mod Podge, to create these heart rocks for Valentine’s Day.

This is such a simple and easy decoupage project for kids. And adults are sure to enjoy it as well!

Heart rocks - an easy decoupage project for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Rocks

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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

Heart rocks - an easy decoupage project for Valentine's Day

1. Gather rocks

Arrange a pile of smooth dry rocks on the table. Be sure to wash and dry them before starting.

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

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.

Heart rocks - an easy decoupage project for Valentine's Day

2. Cut fabric

Do you have any leftover fabric from other sewing or craft projects? This is a great way to use it.  Begin by cutting out small heart shapes from the fabric.

Heart rocks - an easy decoupage project for Valentine's Day

3. Decoupage

Finally, brush a layer of Mod Podge onto the rock. Then lay the fabric heart on it and brush another thin layer on the top of the fabric. Set aside to dry completely.

Heart rocks - an easy decoupage project for Valentine's Day

Heart rocks make fun valentines for kids or a nice decoration around the house.

Looking for another heart rocks projects to try? These glitter rock valentines are easy and so fun to make!

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50 Comments

  • Reply
    karen
    January 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    what kind of glue did you use?

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    Bonnie
    January 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Seriously, where do you get your smooth rocks? This a great art project. I need smooth rocks for another educational project and have not found source.

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    welcome to our wonderland
    January 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    love these one year instead of a sand box I bought a bunch of different bags of pebbles and rocks and they had a blast and we still play with it!

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    January 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I find them at Michael’s Craft Store (they call them “river rocks” in the flower arragning section).

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    January 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    sooooo pretty. what a great idea. i just want to hold one.

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    Bonnie
    January 25, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you for your reply! I live 10 minutes from Michael’s Crafts!

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    karen
    January 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I found river rocks at Joanns…

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    Melissa
    January 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Lovey Love Love LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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    rae
    January 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    i love them, jean! your pictures are gorgeous. :)

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    This Girl loves to talk
    January 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    im in love with photo 3 and 5…. squee so cute!

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    Connie
    January 26, 2011 at 1:01 am

    great idea. i love how it can potentially cost nothing to make, which fits into my budget perfectly. :)

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    Two Chicks and a Hen
    January 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Ooh, I love it! I can think of so many variations on this. Great idea :).

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    Earthly Joyride
    January 26, 2011 at 5:54 am

    These are so beautiful. My head is spinning with all the possibilities for play and like Two Chicks and a Hen notes, so many variations. What a fabulous idea!

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    frivolitea
    January 26, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Those are wonderful!

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    Carolina Berta
    January 26, 2011 at 7:29 am

    so cute!

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    Rachel
    January 26, 2011 at 7:34 am

    oh how fun! my boys will love anything that can go in a dump truck or make a “stone walkway” next to a tower!
    where do you get your rocks?

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    Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids
    January 26, 2011 at 7:50 am

    These are so sweet. Can you believe we’re already doing V-day crafts? Here’s mine – it’s a shaving cream valentine. Very sensory oriented and right up your alley :)
    http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2011/01/tutorial-shaving-cream-valentine.html

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    Dawn Lange
    January 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Pretty! We’ve done a lot of these stones, but I like this idea and might have to do it on Asher’s “heart” day (the anniversary of his heart surgery). Usually we buy him a stone or wood heart, but I’d like to do this next year.

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    molly
    January 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Love this (for my Gran the geologist especially) and might just make these as Valentine’s for the kids school friends. We did fabric hearts with glue on paper last year but I am loving this even more! I bet they would look pretty with tissue paper or even newsprint as well. Did you use regular Mod Podge or the outdoor stuff? I haven’t used the outdoor stuff before but this might be a good reason to try it!

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    Julia
    January 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Great idea. Would be fun to make it into a memory game for older children. (:

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    Darcy Troutman
    January 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

    these are just beautiful!

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    Love and Lollipops
    January 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    These are just lovely!! I will have to try source some really smooth rocks here in SA.
    Georgia

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    catandboy
    January 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Hi,
    I just recently discovered your blog and I am super NON crafty. But I want to do art projects with my kid. What is mod podge and how do you use it?
    Thanks.

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    catandboy
    January 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    P.S. I love this blog and I’m going to try to organize a play date around your home made playdough recipe!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    My husband built a rock retaining wall in our backyard a while back and we have some smooth river rocks left over from that project that we had bought from a rock place. It sounds like you can get them at art supply stores as well (or maybe pick up a few on a nature walk…).

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Oh, and I imagine a hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot might carry them by the bag.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Thanks, Rae!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Mine too! :)

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Oh, I love those! We may have to give that a try (for valentine’s day or just for fun sometime)!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I think I got the idea from the story stones you’ve done. I like the idea of making or giving Asher a heart on his heart day!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I just used regular mod podge because that’s what I already had on hand. I didn’t even know they made special outdoor stuff! I like the idea of trying this with tissue paper or newsprint. Actually newspaper! That’s what I want to try!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Oh, yeah! What a great idea!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for all the rock love, everyone!

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    lubee
    January 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Wow! I know what I’m doing this weekend. I found the rocks at the dollar tree last year and use them in my science center but I’m going to take some of them for this project. Thanks

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    ailikate
    January 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I love the rocks…but I’m dying to know the pattern for the knit heart. I just received a bag of pink and red and white yarn and need to knit some valentines!

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    Mod Podge Amy
    January 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    These are so cute!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I’ll ask the woman who knit the heart!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Yay!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    January 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Mod Podge is a kind of glue that you can buy at an arts and crafts store. Here’s a link so you can see a pic and details: http://www.acmoore.com/p-26749-mod-podge-matte-finish-16-ounce.aspx. You can use it for lots of different things — a lot of people use it for decoupage-type projects.

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    Emily O.
    January 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    We do rocks for our yearly bereavement camp and have gotten them from a local landscape supply company that sell pavers, etc. But Michael’s sounds like a good source if you don’t need many. We heat up the stones in a crockpot or oven on low until they’re warm but not hot, and then the kids color on them with crayons. As they cool, the drawing sets.

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    Jessica Flowers
    January 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I love these! Are you giving them out as Valentines to friends this year?

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    Grace
    January 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now. I have a ten-month old daughter and am trying to incorporate art in our daily activities. I’m so glad I came across your blog – you are definitely an inspiration and a help! I love these rocks! What simple fun! I’ll tuck it away as an idea for the future. Thanks!

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    Katie
    January 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I think you could even be so bold as to say that these are “Hard Rock Valentines.” Yes? Yes? Haha. Okay, a bit cheesy, but I couldn’t help it. Such a fun project. I really want to make some now.

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    lubee
    January 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I just made a “batch” of these rocks and it was so fun. I also made a rock with fabric initials for each of my nieces. I think I’ll date the back and give it to them with their Valentine’s card. Thanks for the great idea. I’m thinking now that maybe I should make one for each of my students. ???? Did you spray your rocks when they were dry? The bottle suggest it.

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    Rachel
    January 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    we did a variation of this project today: thx for the inspiration! justin wanted to make them for his classmates. he drew hearts on fabric but didn’t like the way those turned out… so then he used a heart punch and punched out paper hearts, then wrote the name of a classmate and his name, then modge-podged them onto the rock. it was super fun!

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    Amber
    March 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    What a neat idea! Thanks. They look like perfect counting manipulatives. Do they hold up well with little hands?

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    Sandrine de la Récré'ACtion
    April 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    so cute!♥♥♥

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    Salls Gorham
    January 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

    It’s so adorable, Jean. Heart’s day is so near and I love to have that for myself. I’ll put it on our living room to add a good view. It’s very artistic.

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    Kincer Buxton
    February 24, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Very nice artworks! I love it! Simple yet very interesting. I like these ideas.

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