Kids can turn an ordinary beach stone into a good luck stone to bring good fortune and to ward off scary thoughts and worries.
Today we’re making our these good luck stones or lucky charms out of some of the small stones in our large collection of beach rocks.
Great craft for a fundraiser
These stones are terrific to make and sell at school-fundraisers and church bazaars!
You can make these lucky stones just for fun, or if your child has some anxieties or fears, having a lucky stone tucked into a pocket or sitting on a bedside table and just help to ease some worries.
Our worry stones and our home-made worry dolls are also good for that.
Help for kids with bedtime anxiety
I got the idea to make good luck stones after chatting with my Facebook followers a while back. We were discussing bedtime fears. My followers were suggesting ways to help kids who struggle with the fear of monsters or a fear of the dark, or just nighttime fears in general. Monster spray and monster swatters were popular solutions, and a few parents said their kids’ bedtime fears eased up when they were given a lucky charm to hold while they were drifting off to sleep.
I loved the suggestion (hey, I carried a lucky penny in my wallet for years), and I thought of my collection of beach stones. We have quite a large collection because I like to transform stones into playful learning tools and toys for the hooligans. A small good luck stone to hold at bedtime or to place beside a child’s bed sounded like a great idea, so I set out to make a few.
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How to Make Good Luck Charm Stones
- smooth, flat beach stones
- metallic, acrylic craft paint
- plastic, sparkly gems
- hot glue gun
Making the lucky stones:
Wash your stones so they’re free of all dirt and debris. If the stones are not completely clean and dry your paint may not adhere well.
Give your stones a coat of acrylic craft paint. I chose metallic paint for these stones because I wanted them to look shimmery and magical. If you don’t have metallics, you could certainly use regular craft paint for this project.
Allow your stones to dry thoroughly, and give them a second coat of paint. I was happy with the coverage that 2 coats of paint gave us. If you need to apply a 3rd coat, allow the 2nd coat to dry thoroughly first.
When your paint is completely dry, use a glue gun to affix a sparkly gem or jewel to the top of your stone.
Discuss the power of the stone
Ask your kids what powers they think a good luck stone might have. I asked the hooligans, and these are some of the answers they gave me:
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Any suggestions.for a softer ‘stone’. I have kids who throw things when.stressed and well, my house can’t handle.a lot more.abuse but I can see the beauty in a.pocket sized.comfort.item.like.this…. just.coming up short.on what to make.it out of!
Thanks and 8 I love your ideas. My daughter is a St. Patrick’s day baby & will be getting a theme box, as will her brother to keep him occupied and NOT opening her gifts! Which is gift in.itself.
You could try model magic 🙂
maybe a rice bag all decorated. small cloth bag filled with rice, and sew up all sides except one big enought to put in a small funnel. fill 3/4 with dry rice and secure the opening. you could decorate the outside with soft small toys or colored felt patches. would be soft for them to ssueeze or not hurt anyone if thrown.
Very helpful post for the worried parents for the issues that the kid is facing. This truly helps. Thank you for sharing.