McGuffey kids in grades 1-8 created beautiful stones from simple construction paper and glue. This was a really fun project with multiple steps (included here in case you would like to make these at home!)
- Using scissors or a paper punch, cut multiple pieces of construction paper.
- Brush a generous amount of Elmer’s glue between each layer, making sure you go all the way to the edges.
- Let your paper stack dry for at least a day, longer if it is really thick. Placing it near a heat vent is helpful.
- Shape your stone using first a razor blade (only a few of our older kids were able to do this safely; X-Acto knives and a cutting board worked well). Next lay coarse sandpaper on a table (it’s helpful to tape it down for younger kids) and scrape your stone across to reveal more layers.
- Refine your stone using fine sandpaper or sanding blocks. We tried out a variety of sanders including nail files and those flat sanding things you use to smooth out callouses on your heels but sandpaper and blocks worked best.
- Once you like the look of your stone, cover it with a thin layer of Mod Podge or similar glossy sealant.
- You can leave your stone as is, or turn it into a pendant, keychain, magnet or other useful (and beautiful) item.