How to Make Pet Rocks

Pet rocks are authentic, beautiful and simple. You can name them, display them or use them as a paper weight.

This year for Father's Day we created Gem Rocks or Treasure Rocks. After we painted the rocks we added gems, sparkles and glitter paint. The fathers loved their new pet so much it now decorates their office desks and night tables.

Steps for Making Pet Rocks

1. Find the perfect rock

2. Paint it with your favorite colors:

Pet Rocks

3. Wait for the paint to dry.

4. Draw eyes, mouth and nose with a permanent marker.

5. Add stickers, sparkles or even hair if you wish:

The History of Pet Rocks

Back in 1975 Gary Dahl, an advertising executive, was sitting in a bar listening to his friends complain about their pets. (Sounds like a beginning of a joke, I know, but this is a true story.)

"What will make the perfect pet?" He thought.

And so the story goes that jokingly he suggested a rock as a pet. After all, a rock does not require any of your attention, it's cheap and will never die.

Soon after Dahl began to take his 'joke' seriously and turned a rock into a pet. The new pet came along with a cleverly written "instruction manual" and in a box with holes just like a real pet. Like any good advertising executive Dahl began selling these 'pets' and people were buying them.

This fab lasted for about six months... long enough to make Dahl a millionaire!

Today it is difficult to find any of the original pets but you can either make your own or buy this modern USB pet rock (that still does nothing):

USB Pet Rock

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