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Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K-5 | Age: 5-11 | Written by: Amanda Formaro
[Amanda is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children.]

Turn your pet rock into a necklace using paint, glue, wire and string. Turn your pet rock into a necklace! Decorate your pet however you like, just make sure he’s not too big so you can wear him comfortably.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Before starting this project, be sure to have somewhere you can hang your rock from to dry. Wrapping the wire around a twig in a tree will work great!
  2. Place rock in the middle of the wire and wrap the wire around the rock twisting once. Wrap the wire around crosswise, twisting to secure. Twist the remaining craft wire strands around each other. Secure the wire to the rock using instant grab glue and hang somewhere safe to dry.

  4. When dry, paint the rock, painting right over the wire. Let dry. Add decorations to your rock, such as polka dots or stripes, let dry.
  5. Use the handle end of a paintbrush dipped in white paint to dot on two eyes, let dry. Use a smaller paintbrush handle to dot black onto the whites of the eyes. Let dry. Give your rock a coat of sealer spray and let dry.
  6. Add 4 pony beads to the craft wire above the rock. Twist the remaining wire into a loop. Thread a heavy piece of jute or jewelry cord through the loop and tie together.

Optional: Yarn can also be used for your necklace. However, depending on the weight of your rock, you may want to braid three strands of yarn together.

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