How to Make Rock Wedding Favors

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It's great to give your wedding guests a favor that will last and something they'll use and enjoy looking at. These little rocks can become useful and decorative paperweights--or add a magnet to the back so they can be used to hold papers to a refrigerator door or file cabinet.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-size flat black river rocks
  • Silver or gold ink marker, medium point
  • Tiny plastic gemstones
  • Tweezers
  • Super glue
  • Ceramic tile sealant or clear nail polish
  • Small foam brush
  • Small magnets (optional)

How to Make Rock Wedding Favors

  • Purchase flat, black river rocks by the bag in the craft aisle of department stores or at any craft supply store.

  • Practice on paper with the metallic marker until you get good control of the ink flow. If the line it draws is too wide, you can snip the end to a point with a very sharp pair of scissors.

  • Write an inspirational word on each rock, such as: Love, Hope, Dream, Laugh, Harmony, Peace, Beauty, Faith, Wisdom, Prosperity, Abundance, Serenity, Courage. You can use script handwriting, or block printing; be patient and write slowly. If you make a mistake, you can wipe the paint off, but it will leave a silver or gold film on the stone. Start with the smaller rocks and as you get better at them, work up to the larger stones. Let the stones dry completely.

  • Attach a tiny plastic gemstone to each rock with a very tiny drop of glue. You only need a drop of glue the side of the head of a pin. Use tweezers to hold the stones and lower them carefully into place. Let dry thoroughly.

  • Paint a coat of sealant over the writing. Work quickly if you use clear nail polish, so the solvent in the nail polish doesn't dissolve the metallic paint. Test on a small stone. Ceramic tile sealant, sold in home supply stores, will not dissolve the metallic ink. If you use the sealant, you can pour it into a shallow pan and dip each stone. Let dry thoroughly. If desired, glue a small magnet to the back of the smaller rocks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Set up your rocks on a table that everyone at the reception will visit, such as the punch table, and encourage people to choose the rock they like.
  • Always let paint dry before you move the stones.
  • Lay the stones flat until the glue is dry, so the gemstones won't slide off.
  • Be sure to use some type of sealant over the writing, or it will wear off pretty quickly.

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