"Don't Snicker when I give you 100 Grand, because YOU ROCK!"
What an awesome idea! Well, Friday just so happened to be Halloween. And what happens the day after? Half off of candy! I was able to pick up some Snickers and some goody bags for a steal of a deal. 100 Grand bars apparently are not sold as Halloween candy and not popular enough to find at Shopko. I was sure hoping that I would be able to find some elsewhere, and not have to worry about trying to order them online.
When we were told about the idea, it was shared that they painted 'YOU ROCK' onto stones. As I quickly found out, stones are a seasonal item and were going to be difficult to find in November. I stumbled across flat, clear gems and thought, "we should be able to paint on these, right?" Wrong. Luckily I have an amazing art teacher that I work with. She informed me that attempting to paint these gems would not end well. Bummer. Now what? Well, I just so happened to be sitting at my desk later that day and noticed some magnets that I got during grad school when we did the Relay for Life. I pulled one off and raced down to the art room. Ha who am I kidding, I'm sure I didn't race right down there. But I digress. I showed the magnet to the art teacher and we decided that would be the best course of action: Modge Podge paper to the bottom of the gem. And Voila- a YOU ROCK stone!
So I put about a dozen 5th grade Jr. Ambassadors to work. First, we traced the gems and created the 'You Rock' circles on construction. Next, we cut out the circles to fit the bottom of the gems. We then swiped a layer of Modge Podge onto the bottom of the gem and attached the circle, and covered with an additional layer over the paper. After letting them dry for a few hours, I went back to the art room at the end of the day and trimmed the paper to fit better and finished with an extra layer of Modge Podge. Pretty crafty, if I do say so myself!