Sunday, June 17, 2012

"Pin"spiration: Our Daddy's Day Garden Stone Craft

My "Pin"spirations are things I have found on or through Pinterest that inspired me to try something new, whether it's a new craft, a new project or a new recipe.

I wasn't sure what to do for Mr. LH for Father's Day this year (I never am). He avoids sweets, he doesn't golf or hunt or fish, and while I was running out of movie related ideas, he was running out of wall space in his office for movie related items. One thing about Mr. LH that I really love is that he is very sentimental. He's the one who remembered to run out for a newspaper the day each of the "Pickles" were born. He's also the one who insisted we keep a piece of The Boy's 1st birthday cake at least until he turned 21. Well, we kept that cake for 9 years until I had to empty the freezer for our move to Colorado. He was not pleased when he learned I threw it out.

I needed to find a sentimental gift for my sentimental guy. Thank heavens he appreciates things that are also cheap ("inexpensive") and handcrafted.

A couple years ago my parents gave each of the "Pickles"  their own garden stone kit.

The Girl wanted to make hers right away so I covered her in a big t-shirt and let her have at it.

She looks so young in this photo!

The Boy never got around to making his garden stone that day so I packed it away. I was happy to uncover it recently in our pile of moving boxes still stashed in the basement. I knew just what to do with it. The "Pickles" would make their Father's Day present.

I had just caught a glimpse of this salt dough "rock" on Pinterest and it was still fresh in my mind when I stumbled upon the garden stone kit.

Seen On Pinterest (by Crafts by Amanda):

Photo Source: Crafts By Amanda

If you want to do this project but don't have a garden stone kit on hand, Crafts By Amanda has a tutorial on her blog for the salt dough paperweight shown above.

We needed to get this made before Mr. LH came home from work so as soon as we got back from the dentist that morning, I had them plan out their design while I mixed up the cement goo. The Boy wanted to just write the words in so he left the design planning (mostly) to his sister.

We kept the mold on a big box so I could easily move it around (to it's hiding place to dry) without bending the mold.

I'm not sure if the misspelling was intentional or not...we just left it for laughs.

The finished product prior to drying:

48 hours later, we were able to un-mold the stone but we left it in it's mold for added protection in the gift wrapping.

Our Version: 

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