Did you have a pet rock as a kid? We have seen some really fun adult version cactus rocks and thought it would be fun to make pet cactus rocks for kids. Kids will love to pick out their pet cactus rock for this easy craft project!
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How much cuter can these pet cactus rocks be? And they are so easy to make too! This is a craft your kids will LOVE!
Here’s what you need to make these Cactus Rocks
- Rocks – choose them based on the size of your terra cotta pot. A flat surface area is needed for the googly eyes.
- Googly eyes
- Outdoor acrylic paint – green, white & bright green
- Mini Terra Cotta Pots
- Hot glue (adults only) or Glue dots for kids
We can’t get enough of these pet rocks! They are just too cute!
We love how the rock on the far right has an indent on it that makes it look like it has a mouth. That’s the best part of picking out the rocks too! You could even have the kids look for features that will make them special and unique.
If you’re choosing smaller rocks, you’ll need a small pot and for bigger rocks, you can go larger. We like how having a variety of sizes looks together to form a rock family.
Directions on how to make these adorable Pet Cactus rocks.
1. First, select your rocks. As mentioned above, you want to look for rocks that are flat on one side so the eyes will go on smoothly. You can even see if you can find some extra details that may give the rock a mouth.
2. Clean your rocks before painting.
3. Paint with outdoor paint if you want to place outside. Otherwise, regular acrylic paint works well. We did 2 coats of the lighter green to ensure we got complete coverage.
Once you have the green painted, use the white to create different cactus designs!
We did dots, hash marks, lines and stars. Our favorite is the hash marks.
4. Now glue on your googly eyes! Use hot glue or glue dots.
5. Now they are ready to go into their pots!
If you’d like them to stand higher in their pots, use a little bit of paper towel or foam in the bottom of the pots.
Watch the full video on how to make them here:
And now you have a family of pet cactus rocks! You’ll love your new “pet” to place in an office, on a porch or in the kitchen.
See more pet rock ideas here!
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8 comments on “Pet Cactus Rocks”
My daughter is 24 but is developmentally delayed. These crafts are perfect for her and the other adults at day programing.
A perfect craft for “Craft Time at the cabin!”
Thank you for sharing your idea of arts and crafts for kids…, we did this last Saturday, ( I babysitter 3 kids) and they all love it and enjoyed doing it….,
What if I don’t have big rocks around my area?( We don’t even have rocks around here!, I think.)
You can order rocks from Amazon.
I’m a big kid, but I think these are super cute and I may just make some for myself!
Big kids can make these too! We hope you have fun!