Thursday, March 7, 2013

Alphabet Rocks - Heat Embossed

If you didn't already know, we love the alphabet at our house and have an entire wall dedicated to it. Since my 2 year old son loves letters, I wanted to make him some alphabet rocks to practice his ABC's. In the process I realized there is a lot you can do with rocks and a little imagination. While most people tend to paint their rocks with acrylic paint (like the number rocks I made), I decided to try something a little bit different by using stamps and heat embossing.


On the front of each rock I did uppercase letters and on the back I did lowercase letters.

lowercase alphabet rocks for learning
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STEP 1: Stamp rocks. 


STEP 2: Cover rocks with embossing powder. 



STEP 3: Remove extra embossing powder.

Heat embossing rocks


STEP 4: Use the heat embossing tool over the rocks (it's really fun to see the powder turn solid). NOTE: It gets VERY hot, so put a baking sheet or tin and a towel underneath. I learned my lesson the hard way when I burned a small hole into my desk. 


STEP 5: Once the rocks have cooled, you can add lowercase letters to the back. If you do this, slip a piece of parchment paper under the finished side so that your uppercase letters don't smear. 

STEP 6: Optional - Add matte modge podge to just the embossed part of the rock to protect them.   

Here are more learning activities that you can use your alphabet rocks for:

Color sorting:


Spelling:


If you are looking for more rocks activities and ideas check out these other Thrive 360 Living posts:




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63 comments:

  1. Ok seriously too CUTE! You are so talented and thoughtful in all of your projects! Love the "bike" rock...so fitting! -Anne

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    1. Thanks sweet friend! Of course we had to have a bike!

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  2. Whoa, those look really cool! I think I have a heat thingy for embossing somewhere...

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    1. Go find that heat thingy because there is so much you can do with it :-)!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! They were a ton of fun to make.

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  4. Hello! I am visiting from the Tater Tots and Jello link up and just wanted to say these are amazing! Very cute twist on an alphabet 'game'.

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    1. Alex, thanks so much for stopping by! So far they are pretty popular at my house. My son had a hard time waiting for me to finish them. Off to check out your site!

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  5. They turned out really nice! I love the bright colors. Never tried heat embossing but I have a feeling I'd be embossing everything I could find if I started :)

    Stopping by from the TT&J Link up.. Hope you're having a great night!

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    1. You would totally want to emboss everything, hence why I ended up trying it on rocks, ha! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I don't have the equipment for this, but very cute!
    Dana @ http://dana-projectday.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Dana! The good news is that if you wanted to try it, the heat tool is only about $23. If there's a Paper Source near you they'll show you all the cool things you can do with it.

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  7. I need to pull out my embossing stuff! Thanks for visiting Tried & True!

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    1. Pull out that embossing stuff stat! You're gonna have so much fun.

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  8. This is a really great idea. I never would have thought that you could emboss rocks! These would make great magnets!

    Found you through Frugal Crafty Blog Hop.

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    1. Yes, they are perfect as magnets! So sweet of you to stop by.

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  9. This is so cute! I used embossing powder/heat on my wedding invitations and loved doing it. It was such a fun project that added so much detail.
    These would make really cute magnets, too.. I never would have thought you could use embossing powder on rocks!

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    1. I actually did make some into magnets for my son, but they would be super fun on a fridge or magnetic chalkboard! I'm all about trying to figure out what else I can heat emboss now :-).

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  10. I think it's such a great idea of putting the uppercase letter on one side and the lower case on the other! Thanks for sharing this :)

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    1. Thanks Carrie...that definitely helps with the learning process for my son.

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  11. These are some great looking rocks! :) I can see these framed in a shadow box in a children's room. What a clever, affordable project!

    toddlindsey.com

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    1. Love that idea Lindsey! I may have to just try it!

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  12. those turned out SUPER cute! How fun! I came over from Sugar Bee Crafts. Would love for you to share this at my Tuesday Link party as well! http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/03/st-pattys-pasta-and-tasteful-tuesday.html

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    1. So glad you like them! Just shared them at your party. Thanks for the lovely invite.

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  13. Oh my goodness! I LOVE these! I used to teach first grade, and now I'm home with my three little boys. I'm always looking for fun, stylish, educational activities. These are perfect! Thanks so much for the great idea. It's been pinned. Have a great day!

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    1. You are so sweet Brooke! I'm always looking for fun new kid activities so I'm looking forward to connecting.

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  14. How cool are these? Very cute!

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  15. these look really cool. I have never heard of embossing powder so i'm off to look it up now.

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    1. I promise you once you can see all that you can do with embossing powder you will be in love!

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  16. So cool! I'm doing this for my boy!
    Check out my blog and see if there is anything you like. :}

    rueduchatquipeche.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Heading over to your blog now!

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  17. What a neat idea. I love them. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party.

    http://ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/tuesday-link-party-10.html

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment and the invite! Just linked up.

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  18. Great idea! I love the bright neon colors on the black - so cute.
    I found you today thru the Live Laugh Rowe Linky. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    www.vmg206.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Megin. I love the bright colors too. On my over to your blog now.

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  19. Your post is featured today on Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady!

    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-8

    Kathie

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    1. Such a treat. Puts a smile on my face. Thanks Kathie!

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  20. I love this project. I pinned you and featured it here: http://shiftctrlart.com/BlogPost/ujn1

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    1. So sweet of you. Glad you liked the project!

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  21. Fabulous project! Featured you tonight at Monday Funday!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie & Trish. What a perfect way to start out the week!

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  22. These are the cutest. So many creative ideas on your blog -- I'm loving it all!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.ca

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    1. You are my new best friend :-). Thanks for the sweet compliment.

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  23. This is such a neat idea that we decided to feature you on our The Kid's Co-op post! (http://glitteringmuffins.com/2013/03/14/kids-co-op-45/)

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    1. That's awesome Valerie. Made my day after being up most of the night with my little one who has Croup. Can't wait to link up another fun project!

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  24. I love this idea!! What a fun way to learn the alphabet. Do you mind if I use this for a post I have coming up and link back to you with a picture? Just pinned!!

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    1. That would be absolutely wonderful...of course you can! Thanks!

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  25. These are beautiful! I want some! we have a growing rock collection from my 4 year old that would be perfect for this!

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    1. You are so sweet. I just love looking a them and all the bright colors. Just today I added the owl & the little birdie to a succulent we potted. Appreciate you stopping by!

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  26. Your ideas are amazing! I embossed our wedding invitations...love that tool! Just posted on Craft Gossip! Thanks for submitting!!

    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=7896

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    1. Isn't embossing so much fun? Thanks for sharing on Craft Gossip! I've been spreading the word to my blogging friends about your awesome site.

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  27. OK, these are simply gorgeous!! My boys would adore these!

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  28. Great idea! I've always wanted to try embossing!

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  29. Oooh these look wonderful! Love them. I have never tried heat embossing before. This look fab.

    Maggy

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  30. These are so great; what a great idea! I just had to pin to my Crafts board ;o) Have a great night!

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  31. Heat Embossing. How cool! I've never done it before but it looks fantastic. Love these letter stones. Just letting you know I've featured it on this weeks Tuesday Tots on Learn with Play at Home. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature Deborah!

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  32. I'm so glad you chose to do both upper and lower case letters. I am a kindergarten teacher and disappointed how many craft ideas only include uppercase. 95% of books are in lowercase and children should learn lowercase first...other than the capital letter at the beginning of their name. Thank you!

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