Homemade Rocks and Coffee Dough

What a great surprise I got tonight when I pulled an old book off the bookshelf that really, hasn't seen the light of day in about ten years.  As I opened it, the back cover fell open and I saw a couple papers I had tucked away under the back cover.  They were hand drawn pictures by my then five-year-old daughter.  As a smile swept across my face and memories came flooding back, I flipped through a pile of printed craft ideas and recipes I had used with my three kids.

They are all from 2001 and 2002.

Hard to believe that little 5 year old is now 16. 

One of the crafts I have tucked away in that book I actually used three times.  It's a recipe for dough made out of sand and coffee.  The first time we made them we just made rocks for fun.  The second time we hid little 'treasures' inside (we were making them with her brother and sister as well) and the third time was just for Mom as I added a liquid fragrance and used them in a container in the bathroom as a decorative scent.

Faux Rocks 

1 c used coffee grounds
1/4 c sand
1/2 c salt
1 c flour
1 c water

Mix all ingredients until it forms a dough.  Add more flour if you need to.  Form into freestyle rocks.  Air dry for about 2-3 days or place into a preheated oven and bake at 150F for about 20 minutes.

To make a 'Treasure Rock' - make a hole with your finger into the dough and place a little trinket inside, then form your freeform rock.

To make a fake fossilized dinosaur egg, place a small toy plastic dinosaur into the center of the rock and then form the rock around it.

To make the scented rocks like I did, use liquid potpourri or an oil fragrance for part of the water.  Make it rather strong as the scent will wear off quickly through the drying process.

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