Today for the last day of my kids craft week, I have... a Pet Rock.
I used to color and paint on rocks all the time as a kid. I loved to collect interesting looking rocks and pebbles on beach vacations or playing outside- some were interesting enough that I kept them as rocks, some just seemed like they wanted to be something else- a dog, a dinosaur, a rabbit, a turtle, or like today's rock from the garden- a crab.
It's been eons since I've decorated a rock- but there's something about them that's just too cute.
For this little crustacean I painted the rock red, while that was drying I dug through some mini seashells.
I found pointy ones that reminded me of claws and white ones I thought would make interesting eyes. For the claw I glued a smaller pointy shell inside a larger one. At the last minute decided on googly eyes instead of painted eyes so I glued those onto the white shells.
Once the rock was dry I glued the eyes and claws on- and gave Mr. Crab a happy little smile with a sharpie.
It might be a little soon to start thinking beach (at least in my corner of the world) but this is a great way to use of all those little treasures collected from a day at the shore.