How to Make a Construction Paper Rock

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How to Make a Construction Paper Rock
How to make a rock from construction paper (paper image by AGphotographer from

Artificial rocks are used for a wide variety of purposes, some of which include the use in theatre productions, scenic displays, and art projects. Artificial rocks are also used at birthday parties as piñatas for small children. Creating artificial rocks is not that difficult of a task; in fact small children can even create the rocks with just a little help.

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Things you need

  • Paper bag
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Shallow container
  • Paint brush
  • Paint

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  1. 1

    Crumple a paper bag into the shape of a ball to form the base of the construction paper rock. Use a small bag, such as a lunch bag, for smaller rocks. Use larger sized bags, such as a grocery bag, for large rocks.

  2. 2

    Tear sheets of black, grey, or brown construction paper into strips of various widths. Set the strips aside.

  3. 3

    Make a paste by mixing ¾ cup of white glue and ¼ cup of water together in a shallow container.

  4. 4

    Dip each strip of construction paper into the glue mixture and let it soak until both sides are covered and the construction paper is fully saturated with the glue mixture.

  5. 5

    Apply the construction paper strips to the paper bag by wrapping them loosely around the crumpled bag until the bag is completely covered. Set the project aside until it is completely dry. Add another layer of construction paper strips and let them dry. Repeat this process two more times so that the construction paper rock becomes solid.

  6. 6

    Use a paintbrush to apply a thick coat of either grey, black, or brown paint to the entire paper rock. Set the rock aside and let the paint dry completely.

Tips and warnings

  • When painting the construction paper rock it is best to use water based acrylic paints as they dry quickly and are easy to clean up.

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