If you didn’t already know, we love the alphabet at our house and have an entire wall dedicated to it. Since my 2 year old son loves letters, I wanted to make him some alphabet rocks to practice his ABC’s. In the process I realized there is a lot you can do with rocks and a little imagination. While most people tend to paint their rocks with acrylic paint (like the number rocks I made), I decided to try something a little bit different by using stamps and heat embossing.
On the front of each rock I did uppercase letters and on the back I did lowercase letters.
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–Rocks (I gathered mine from the beach, but you can find them at the dollar store or craft store)
–Stamps – I bought my UPPERCASE stamps at Paper Source and the lowercase ones at Michaels. Here are similar stamps that come with both upper and lowercase letter.
STEP 4: Use the heat embossing tool over the rocks (it’s really fun to see the powder turn solid). NOTE: It gets VERY hot, so put a baking sheet or tin and a towel underneath. I learned my lesson the hard way when I burned a small hole into my desk.
STEP 5: Once the rocks have cooled, you can add lowercase letters to the back. If you do this, slip a piece of parchment paper under the finished side so that your uppercase letters don’t smear.
STEP 6: Optional – Add matte modge podge to just the embossed part of the rock to protect them.
Here are more learning activities that you can use your alphabet rocks for:
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