An easy and quick craft for Father’s Day

With the end of the school year and start of summer activities, Father’s Day often creeps up without much preparation. This craft is a great last-minute gift for Dad, and you likely already have all the supplies in your kitchen and backyard.


  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Small stones or gravel pebbles
  • Bowl and spatula
  • Measuring cup
  • Cookie sheet



1 Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

2 The measurements of the recipe will make two to three paperweights. Feel free to cut the recipe in half if you only want to make one.

3 Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl until it forms a ball. If the dough seems too sticky, add a little flour until it becomes pliable yet still moldable. Too much flour will cause the dough to crack and dry out.

4 Shape and roll part of the dough into a ball in your hands. Put the ball on a cookie sheet and flatten to about ½ inch thickness.

5 Use pebbles or small stones to create a pattern, spell out “Dad Rocks,” or any desired design. Press the pebbles firmly, yet gently into the salt dough.

6 Bake the paperweight for 2 to 2.5 hours until the dough is completely dry.

7 Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and allow the paperweights to completely cool before removing.

8 Feel free to spice up your paperweight by adding food coloring in the dough, painting the rock with a clear coat sealer or spraying with acrylic sealer.

9 Wrap up and present your paperweight to your own rocking Dad.

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