Hunt for rocks then try these projects

By Susan Rogers on March 30, 2015

Take a leisurely family stroll along a nearby shoreline to collect a variety of water-tumbled stones. Small ones are easy to paint and create a scene, larger ones make an ideal dip-dyed doorstop.


  • water-worn stones (in a variety of sizes)
  • acrylic paints
  • paint brush
  • googly eyes
  • hot-glue gun
  • clothesline or cord
  • fabric dye


For Kids – Mini Rock Garden: Paint some stones to look like cacti and little creatures. Glue on googly eyes with white glue as desired. We placed the finished creations in a terra cotta plant plate filled with sand to make a scene.

For Grownups – Doorstop: Cut a length of cord long enough to make a loop on the top and to wrap around the ends of your rock lengthwise. Attach the loose ends on the underside with hot glue.

Cut several lengths of cord just long enough to wrap around the rock width-wise. Tape the ends to stop the cord from fraying. Wrap each strand tightly around the rock, running over the base of the loop, and hot glue each end to the underside of your rock. Repeat with as many strands as you like.

Place your finished rope-wrapped rock in a pot of steaming fabric dye with the loop at the top, so the rock is not completely covered with liquid. Leave it in the pot until the liquid has cooled and the colour has wicked up the rope to whatever height you choose. Remove from pot by lifting the loop and set on some paper to dry.

  • Please note: If you do not want the rock to be dyed as well as the ropes, paint it with a couple of coats of water-repellent urethane and let dry before starting.


Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, April 2015.

By Susan Rogers| March 30, 2015

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