Making Pet Rocks

Children of the 70’s should remember these being the fad! I had a pet rock, my sister had a pet rock and all of my friends had pet rocks. I taught my pet rock to sit and stay, fed her oats and she lived in a special little box. I took her EVERYWHERE! I told the Little Ladies about the pet rocks from my childhood and they couldn’t resist making some (many).

What you need:
rocks- polished or clean ones from the yard
googly eyes- you can use “Adhesive Wiggle-Eyes” or ones without adhesive
Tacky glue or glue dots
a tin or small box for a bed

Araina made her pets from polished rocks. You must use glue dots or Tacky glue on the polished rocks in order for the goggly eyes to stick well; “Adhesive Wiggle-Eyes” don’t adhere well to the polish.

Fauna gathered rocks from the yard to be her pets, she preferred their organic look. She put on adhesive googly eyes which stick well on clean non-polished rocks. This pet rock lives in a pot with a little oak sapling.

If you make a pet rock, you must make it a bed. Araina used lamb’s ear in a chocolate tin for her pets’ soft bed.

History of the Pet Rock from Wikipedia:

Pet Rocks were invented by advertising executive Gary Dahl. The first Pet Rocks were ordinary gray stones bought at a builder’s supply store and marketed as if they were live pets.
In 1975, Dahl established Rock Bottom Productions, a company that sold the rocks for $3.95 each. The stones were nestled in a small cardboard box, similar to a pet carrier, and came with a “Pet Rock Training Manual.” The manual had instructions on how to properly raise and care for one’s new pet and suggested several commands that could be taught to the new pet. While “sit” and “stay” were effortless to accomplish, “roll over” usually required extra help from the trainer. “Come” was found to be impossible to teach, but “attack” was fairly easy. The trainers also found that potty-training their pets was rather hard.

Araina’s pet rocks seem to be on the lazy side and hitch a ride on her tricycle often! By the way, Araina has requested a pet rock felty!

One response to “Making Pet Rocks”

  1. Sarah @ Mum In Bloom

    These are so funny. My brother had a “rock concert” display with a bunch of these little guys on top of a bigger rock. This would be a fun craft to do with my Girl Scouts. Thanks for the inspiration :)