Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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.

View Magic Onion's take on Pet Rocks.

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!

32 comments:

Mary said...

Such a cute craft. Seeing those little fellows put an immediate smile on my face, what fun you have!

Sherry said...

Love the first & last shots. :)

...and a pet rock felty! Ha! :D

Tammy said...

Oh yes, I remember them well. ;)

I love the photo of the pet rocks going for a tricycle ride!

Artistmama said...

How cute! Must do this! Oh and love the idea of a pet rock felty!

Crescent Moon said...

I had a pet rock. I wish I knew what happened to the training manual, it has really funny!

Linda said...

How cool are those!!!!!

I've never even heard of them, being a child of the 80's.. *lol*

I guess I just found a good use for those silly eyes we have laying around here.. thanks ;)

Greetings from the netherlands!

Mom and Kiddo said...

It's so hard to resist the power of the googly eyes!

Tan Family said...

Oh, so cute! My daughter loves making these. The only problem we have is that after a while, the eyes tend to fall off, no matter what type of glue we use. I can't wait to show her the pictures on your blog. :)

Holly said...

Those are so adorable!! My dd would love this. Holly

nettlejuice said...

So cute.

Melissa Ellen (Making Honey) said...

This 'lil 70s child had 'em and they looked just like yours!!!! ahh, childhood memories.

Anet said...

Smile:)
I love the photo of Araina giving her pets a ride!
A felty pet rock, what a hit that would be!

Tara said...

These bring memories, and a smile to my face.

The pet rocks going for a spin on the tricycle ~ adorable!

Hege said...

So cute!
And it's a great idea, i might do this with the kids ;)

MODsquad said...

Ok, have you thought of writing a book?! You seriously could have a best seller! You are so darn creative!! These little rock guys are the best! The girls and I will totally make these! What a perfect backyard under the tree on a blanket activity!!

Happy Day, Lisa!!

mrsb said...

Oh, how cute are those!

kyndale said...

I love those kind of pets! I had completely forgotten about them :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

These are SO much cuter than my grandmother's pet rock. I remember being really weirded out by that as a child. I'll be linking!

The Magic Onions said...

Too sweet. We made some a while ago and are STILL playing with them! I love the photo of them on the trike.
Blessings and magic.

Lisa said...

Magic onions, I Totally forgot that you made those a while back. I'm adding your link to the post!

Lisa :)

Annie said...

Ha! I definitely remember these! I love the ones your girls made. I have so many saved rocks, I really do need to buy some eyes for them!

christine said...

we love making pet rocks, we make them matchbox beds and little felt blankets!

latisha said...

so im unschooling from you every single day. taking in lessons, making notes, catologing activities. then i realized im schooling myself in all of it - systematically...ugh. i am so afraid to 'keep her back' if i do it but you are so inspiring. thank you for being brave every day.

Vanessa said...

I love your site so much :) Pet rocks are the bestest

The Magic Onions said...

Silly Goose! I didn't think that at all... was happy to see you and the Little Ladies had as much fun as we did. Your post made me smile with nostalgia as we made them when my dad was here and I think he enjoyed making them the most (him being a dad who never wasted a moment on anything as meaningless as a pet rock when we were growing up :-)
Thanks for linking me.
Blessings and magic.

Dawn said...

Oh yes! I had a pet rock. :) I forgot about these...how fun.

Likes Chocolate said...

Cute art project! I liked how you used special rocks.

Amanda said...

The google eyes always fell off our pet rocks so we've taken to painting them one with a little white and black paint.

sarah in the woods said...

Those are cute. My kids love painting rocks.

jane said...

great post!! happy weekend lisa!

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

We'll be making these ASAP. So cute and easy. Thanks for sharing all these fun ideas. :-)

Site Owner said...

What a great post! I am making rock pets with my home daycare group next month. I will print this post and pass it on the families for an activity to do over the weekend!