Thursday, January 15, 2015

Carved Rocks: Easy Valentine Craft with Dremel Tool

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

A couple of years ago, I saw a article about using a Dremel tool to carve designs in rocks.   So, the other day I was thinking about a Valentine craft that would be easy to make and be a keepsake as well.  It dawned on me...a carved rock!  Kinda like the carving your initials in a tree thing!

I'm here to tell you.  It was super easy and I love the results.

I'm a rock hound so I had plenty of river rocks around the house, but if you don't, try simple landscaping rocks from the home building store.  I'd bet you could even find a great one while on a walk :)   A Dremel tool can be purchased online or at big box stores.  They start at less than $20 and are a great tool to have around.

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog


Here's the other items you'll need:

rock(s)
Dremel 7700-1/15 MultiPro 7.2-Volt Cordless Rotary Tool Kit
drill bit (usually included if you have the drill kit)
marker or chalk
safety glasses (there will be dust and possibly fragments)

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

Ready?  Let's get started.  Choose the sentiment you want forever carved in stone.  Write it on the stone with the marker or chalk to get the placement and size right.  I chose a silver Sharpie so that it would blend with the color of the rock.  You want to use something that won't be seen afterwards.

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog
(sorry for the fuzzy phone pic...daughter needed her camera for a wedding!)
Once you like the placement and size of your sentiment, begin carving using the Dremel tool.  Go slowly and try not to carve too deeply at first.  You can go back over the lines again and again to make them deeper.  Important:  make sure to hold the drill firmly as it may want to jump a little, making crooked lines, ruining your design.  If that happens, just toss the rock out in the backyard and hundreds of years from now an archaeologist will find it and will be so confused!  Lol!  I so want to carve something crazy and throw it outback just for the fun of it!  Ok, I digress.

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

Don't worry, even going slowly, this craft only took me a few minutes to complete.   Take a look at the ones I created...all in less than 30 minutes!

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog


Easy Valentine Craft, carved stone, the altered past blog

I'm pretty excited with how well these turned out.  I think they would make a great gift for anyone but especially for that special guy in your life...a Valentine that's not too frilly or heartsy or red!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie


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15 comments:

  1. Oh - My - Gosh!!! This is a wonderful craft! You are so creative. Your Valentine rocks are sure to impress your loved ones. I need to get my Dremel ready to "rock" LOL. Thanks for sharing this genius idea!

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    1. Thanks Vicki! Get that Dremel out girl and don't forget to make a crazy one for those future archaeologists to find, lol!

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  2. These are so cute Angie! I have a Dremel, but have never master it's use. I'm inspired to give it another try :-) Bwg ~~~

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    1. Rocks are an inexpensive way to practice. You'll be surprised! Thanks Bwg! :)

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  3. Angie what a great idea! I'm heading out to look for some rocks right now!

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  4. Such a cute idea Angie, love rocks! I want to have some love rocks in my pocket!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann! And thanks for hosting SYC!

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  5. Boy Grand and I go rock hunting in the garden often, now we have a project to do with them!

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    1. Thanks Jeannie! I love hunting rocks too! Enjoy your projects with him :)

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  6. This is really gorgeous! I love this pretty idea! Visiting from Shabbilicious Friday Link Party! Thank you for sharing tutorial!
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by from Shabbilicious and from Portugal!!

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  7. Sweetest craft EVER :) thanks so much for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday xo

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