Dad Rocks Salt Dough Paperweight

Be creative and make this very special and useful gift to give to your dad. Show him that he is special by making this adorable paperweight from salt dough and pea gravel.
What You Need
1/4 cup salt 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup water bowl cookie sheet 1/2 cup pea gravel

What you do
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl. If dough is too sticky add small amounts of flour until it is doughy and pliable. Be careful not to add too much as the dough will dry out and your creation will crack.
Shape a piece of the dough into a ball in your hands. Place the ball on the cookie sheet and flatten to about 1/2″ thickness.
Carefully select pieces of pea gravel to spell out “DAD ROCKS”. Press them firmly but gently into the salt dough

Bake your paperweight for 2-2.5 hours until completely dry.
Remove from oven and allow to cool before handling or removing from cookie sheet.
Optional: You can spray your creation with acrylic sealer or paint it with a clear coat sealer.

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