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4/21/2009

TRASHY KIDS~Lady Bug Rocks!



Lady bug rocks are a hit with my kids and I'm sure they'd be a hit with yours, too!These little buggies can be used as shelf decorations, paperweights, or larger ones can be decorative in a colorful garden! Let your kids pick their favorite color. Jordan happens to love the color purple so a purple lady bug rock for her it is!




What you'll need:

*Smooth, round or oval rocks
*Acrylic craft paint
*Black acrylic craft paint
*Black Sharpie marker
*Acrylic matte sealer spray
*White craft glue (Tacky Glue)
*2 wiggle eyes for each ladybug

How to make it:

1 Completely wash and dry all rocks.
2 Paint rocks in desired colors, allow to dry. Apply second and third coats if needed. Lighter colors will require more coats than darker shades.
3 Paint head on using black acrylic craft paint. There is no pattern needed, simply paint about 1/4 of the rock black in the front.
4 Use a black Sharpie to draw a straight line down the center of the rock, starting at the center of the base of the “head”.
5 Dip the end of a large paint brush, or the eraser of a pencil, in black craft paint. Dot on the spots, reloading with paint after every dot.
6 Once the paint is dry, spray the rock(s) with acrylic sealer spray. Allow sealer to dry completely.
7 Using white craft glue, attach wiggle eyes and let dry.




Tips:

Bigger rocks are easier for small hands to manipulate. They are also heavier, so be sure that there are enough adult helpers for a group of little ones.

White and black paint can be used instead of wiggle eyes. Simply dot on white paint, allow to dry, then use a smaller tool to dot on the black.

This craft idea is one that our family has done for several years. I recently came across a great site that showed the same craft. I remembered the ones we did a long time ago and decided to post it for Trashion, too. The site link is here.

2 comments:

re-maker said...

Oh my gosh, I love those!

Kids Learn @ Kiboom Daily said...

We loved your Ladybug Rock Painting Activity, so we shared it on our site!

all the best,
Sherry + Wendy @ Kiboomu