Construction paper stones!

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I first made these about 10 years ago, when john and I taught at a summer camp together.
The process is very simple, dig up some scraps of construction paper…

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Cut a whole pile the same size. The more accurate you are in your cutting, the less sanding you have to do. I had the kids cut out a temple and trace their shape before cutting.

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We poured the white glue into little disposable cups and glued the construction paper shapes together by dipping our finger in the glue and rubbing it on the paper. Don’t skimp on the glue, in this case, it’s better to use too much.

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Repeat this about 30 times until the paper is layered to the thickness you want…

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Here are the ones Dylan Sam and I made…they took about an hour to glue together…and we let them dry for about 4 days…

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Then for the part that the kids were looking forward to… The sanding… We started with 150 grit, then 220 as we got closer to finishing. The technique that I found works the best is to sand all of the edges first…

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Then, start sanding on an angle, so you can see all of the layers. I tried to show you the angle by sanding only two sides for this picture…

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Keep sanding until the shapes look like you want them to. Notice that we did this outside, it does create a bit of dust, so we worked on the grass.

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Here are the ones we finished sanding today…

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Pretty neat eh?

The final step was to add a varnish or sealer, and for that step, clear nail polish works wonderfully. Be sure to seal the sides and back too. You can see how it brings out the colours in the photos.

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And here they are finished…

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  1. I did this on a much larger scale in high school art class. I did my name. I also did a sphere. It took nearly a thousand sheets of paper, but it worked! We used shellac to dip it into. That was back in 1983! I still have it! Thanks for posting this!

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    • That sounds really amazing…I would love to see a picture! I have always thought of this project on a really small scale, but when you think bigger, you could do some pretty cool things! Thanks for the idea!

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    • I think that would work… But maybe you could try a little sample just in case… I’m not sure how the Modge Podge would sand.. But it’s worth trying out… Let me know how it works…

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