Parenting

Pokémon Garden Rock DIY

I’m a bit behind in posting this week, but I assure you we have been quite busy with some Pokémon themed crafts these last couple of weeks.  Within a 24 hour time span, I managed to injure myself on both my mandoline slicer as well as my spiralizer.  The first accident was due to my own stupidity while the latter was just bad luck.  Suffice it to say, an injured finger on each hand has made typing somewhat difficult.  I’m on the mend, but my writing might be a bit rough.

A Pokémon Themed Birthday = Pokémon DIYs Galore

Lil’ Man is turning five in the next month and we have been busy making gifts for him to hand out to his friends at school.  We’ll be posting about our Pokémon birthday DIY gifts at a later date.  One goodie we have been working on is an Oddish planter.  I’ll be posting a tutorial for this very simple craft within the coming weeks.  I mention it now because our Oddish planter was part of our inspiration for us to create some Pokémon decorations for our vegetable garden.  After seeing a plethora of cute ladybug garden rock crafts pop up on my Pinterest page, I decided why not make Pokémon garden rocks?  Oddish Planter

The best part about this project is that it didn’t cost me a dime.  First off, we set about finding some large, flat rocks on one of our evening walks.  Then we selected Pokémon that would allow us to use paint colors we already had in the house.

Materials:

  • Rocks (preferably large rocks with a flat surface on one side)
  • Acrylic Paints (colors will vary depending on the Pokémon you choose)
  • Black Acrylic Paint (for faces)
  • Varnish
  • Paintbrushes (you will need a small, thin paintbrush to create the faces)

Instructions:

  1. Wash your rocks to clean off any dirt and debris.  You’ll need a clean surface for the paint to stick to.  I allowed mine to dry over night.
  2. Paint your rocks with a base color.  The color will depend on the Pokémon you have chosen (e.g, orange for Chramander and turquoise for Squirtle).  You’ll need to apply 2-3 coats.  Allow paint to dry for at least an hour before moving on to step 3.
  3. Take your black acrylic paint and with a small paint brush create your outline.  Choose simpler designs, like Gangar, for children to paint.  .
  4. After the black paint has dried, begin painting in facial features (e.g, white teeth and eye color).  Allow paint to dry for at least an hour.
  5. Apply a coat of varnish.  Follow the instructions on the bottle regarding applying a second coat.  I recommend applying at least 2 coats of varnish to make sure you have covered the entire painted surface of your rock.
  6. Once your rocks are completely dry, you can add your Pokémon to your garden.  Enjoy!

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