Friday, April 23, 2010

DIY Treasure Stones Tutorial


Today I thought I'd share a really fun & easy craft for the kids : Treasure Stones.  Who doesn't like digging for treasure?  It's also very eco-friendly since it's all natural ingredients and using old coffee grounds that would normally get tossed out. 

1 cup used coffee grounds
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup sand
3/4 cup water
Stuff to dig up (toys, faux jewels, coins, etc.)

Mix dry ingredients, then add water 1/4 cup at a time until a dough-like consistency.





Form into balls and make a hole.  Insert a treasure and add a little more stone mix to close hole.





Put on cookie sheet.  Dry 2-3 days or, if impatient (like me), put in oven on 150 degrees for 15-20 min.





Once hard, stones are ready to be cracked open by your little treasure seekers using chisels, hammers or other digging gear.





Eureka - We've found a diamond (and don't I wish it were real)!




Thrifty, easy & fun - what could be better?!?



Sharing with:
Fun To Craft's Look At Me
Fireflies & Jelly Beans SOYS
Life As Lori's Get Your Craft On
Childmade
Poppies At Play's Creative Cats 
Creative Jewish Mom's Craft Schooling Sunday

31 comments:

  1. That is great! I am so going to make these with my boys next week! I will be sure to link back to you!

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  2. Oh, my goodness! That's so cool. I can totally see this being a fun little thing to giveaway at a birthday party. :) I'm bookmarking this idea for sometime later. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

    Blessings!
    -Sarah

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  3. Oh- I like this one...

    what will I hide in them? hmmm....

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  4. Cheryl: So excited about these! Our girls will think we're awesome! Thanks!!!

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  5. That is pretty cool. I'll have to try it when my little man can be trusted with implements! Thanks!

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  6. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm super excited to find yours! I can't wait to do the treasure stones. Thrifty Portland Mom.

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  7. Love this idea! Mr. T was just asking how to break open a rock and what he would get. I told him 2 small rocks. lol I think he will like this a whole lot more!

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  8. Super cool idea!! Thanks for posting a shared link! I've moved it to the front page.

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  9. thanks for linking up on Craft Schooling Sunday, my kids will love this one! all the best!

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  10. That is such a fun idea! I love it!

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  11. Hi,
    I followed you over from the Life As Lori link party. You have a teriffic blog. I am now a follower of yours. I would really love it if you came over and visited me too. Be sure to enter the drawings for the necklaces, if you do. Rory http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/

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  12. I love this! My little guy would be so excited to try this. Thanks for the inspiration!! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

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  13. That is fantastic! I am definitely going to remember that one for when the boys are older.

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  14. This is a fantastic idea!! I am going to make these this week!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. How fun!! This would have been a fun addition to my son's camping party! Thanks for sharing!!
    Smiles!

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  16. Yay! I'm totally going to try this! I don't drink coffee can you think of anything else I could substitute it with?

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  17. Someone gave some of these to my son a while back and he LOVED them! And I have been looking for the recipe (without success) ever since. Thank you! I need to bug my neighbors for some coffee grounds now :)

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  18. i've included this in my weekly inspiration roundup, blogged here:
    http://www.camilledawn.com/2010/07/tuesday-tumblr-5.html

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  19. homeschooling mom....learning about archeology...making these next week!!

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  20. Hi, I have linked here, thanks.
    http://twolittleseeds.blogspot.com/2010/08/treasure-rocks.html

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  22. thanks pro this tips
    pmu
    turf

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  23. We tried these out today and made 'dinosaur eggs' for an egg hunt! So fun!

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  24. I am so excited!! I have a friend bringing her son over for a play date this week, and I think the kids will have a blast searching for these and opening them up!

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    1. They love them - almost as fun making them as breaking them open too!

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  25. Do you think i would be able to make these ahead of time for a party? or will time make them too hard? also what could i give the kids to use to chip away at the rock ?

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    1. They need to be made ahead so they will be hard. Little hammers or chisels work well.

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