If you were born in the 1970's or have parents who were, then you have probably heard of pet rocks. Pet rocks were invented in 1975 by Gary Dahl. The rocks were not sold for a very long period of time, but they were a huge hit, and made Mr. Dahl millions. The idea behind the pet rock was that, unlike a real animal, this pet needed no care, it didn't need to be fed, and it wouldn't use the bathroom on your shag carpet.
Even though pet rocks are no longer being sold, there's nothing to worry about if you want one for your very own. They are very easy to make! All you need are some rocks or pebbles that would make the shape of the pet you wish to have, cement glue, paint and a paint brush.
- When choosing your stones, smooth pebbles will generally work the best. You'll want various shapes and sizes so that you can make the body, head, feet and ears.
- You can make your pet pretty much any size you like but smaller ones are cuter and tend to be easier to do.
- Start with the body of your pet. No matter what animal you plan to make, a fat, oval stone about the size of your palm will work nicely. If you desire the body of your pet to be colored, now would be the time to paint it.
- Choose stones for your pet's head, feet/legs and ears and paint them as well.
- For the head, a roundish stone that is about 1/4-1/2 the size of the body is good.
- Small, round pebbles make the best legs/feet and your ears will depend on your animal, but an example would be that long, flat pebbles make good dog and bunny ears.
- Once the paint on everything is dry, you will want to begin assembling your pet in stages. It's fine to put all the legs on at one time because the body will sit on top and allow the glue to dry in place. When doing the head and ears you'll want to do them piece by piece, as you'll need to hold them in place as they dry. It might be easier to put each ear on the head and then put the head on the body.
- Once your pet is assembled you can paint on facial features, and you're done.