A Rock-Solid Father’s Day Gift
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“A Rock-Solid Father’s Day Gift,” Friend, June 2020


A Rock-Solid Father’s Day Gift

Friend Magazine, 2020/06 Jun

Photographs by Nicole Walkenhorst and Adobe Stock

Make this paperweight to show your appreciation for your dad or someone else you love! Be sure to get an adult’s help.

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup salt

1/4 cup water

small rocks or gravel

optional: clear nail polish

  1. Mix flour, salt, and water in a bowl. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour a tiny bit at a time. If it’s too dry, it may crack later.

  2. Press the dough into whatever shape you want: circle, square, or even a football. Just make sure the dough is about 1–2 inches (2–5 cm) thick.

  3. Next, push small rocks or gravel into the dough to spell out “Dad rocks” or another message.

  4. Preheat oven to 250ºF (120ºC). Place your paperweight on a baking tray. Bake for three hours, or until the paperweight is completely dry.

  5. Optional: After it cools, you can seal your creation by brushing on some clear nail polish.