Hero Stones


Policemen, firefighters, soldiers, and dads are all heroes for different reasons. Kids can let Dad or Grandpa know that he's a hero in their eyes by making him Hero Stones. Dad will be so proud to use these rockin' rocks as garden decorations, paper weights on his desk, or a loving reminder in the house. Homemade Father's Day gifts are the best presents kids can give to the man in their lives who has helped to raise them and make them who you are. Plus, these Father's Day crafts are super easy for the kids to make on their own.


  • Small wooden crate
  • 6 smooth stones
  • Black and white acrylic paint
  • Paint pens or colored Sharpies
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic sealer, matte, or satin finish


Note: You can use smooth stones you find outside, or you can purchase them near the floral department at your local craft store.


  1. Paint the stones black and let dry completely. When dry, paint a circle on the stone with white paint. You will probably need 2-3 coats to cover; allow to dry between coats.

  2. Sand the wooden crate and paint it black. When dry, sand the edges to expose the wood underneath. Use a white paint pen to write "my dad is…" across the front on both sides.

  3. Use colored paint pens to write the following words in the white circle of the stones: strong, brave, smart, loving, honorable, my hero

  4. Use black paint pen to add small dots all around the inside edge of the white circles.
  5. Allow everything to dry for several hours. Sharpies will run when sprayed with sealer if not allowed to dry completely so be sure not to skimp on this step!
  6. Spray the crate and the stones with acrylic sealer. When dry, apply a second coat.
  7. These stones are great as paper weights on dad's desk or to display on the coffee table at home.

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This is a really cool and sentimental idea that would be great for my partner as an anniversary idea. We have a campervan and are forever picking up stones on the beaches we end up at. I could root a few out and put nice things on them, he would love this idea.

There are so many cute ideas for Father's Day on this site! I really love the Hero Stones and Grow Closer to Dad pot. I'm going let my boys pick out with one they want to make for their dad. They are grown and married, but they still like to make things to give him.


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