Miniature Stonehenge

Construct a miniature Stonehenge using real rocks or make your own stones out of self-hardening dough or clay.
Miniature Stonehenge craft

Materials

  • Real rocks or make your own stones out of
    sand dough, salt dough or self-hardening clay
  • Acrylic paint or poster paint (optional)
  • White glue or hot glue gun
  • Clear acrylic sealer or decoupage
    medium (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Step 1 Miniature Stonehenge craft 1. The Stonehenge is one of England's most ancient and mysterious structures. Learn more about this historical wonder from the following helpful resources:
Step 2 Miniature Stonehenge craft Ask for an adult's help.2. To make miniature Stonehenge stones, you may collect real rocks of similar shape or mold your own stones from commercial self-hardening clay, homemade salt dough or sand dough. I love using sand dough because it dries into a gritty stone-like material.

Color your clay or dough by adding a bit of black acrylic paint or poster paint. Add a tinge of blue if you like. Knead until the dough or clay is uniformly colored.
Step 3 Miniature Stonehenge craft 3. Take a small chunk of dough and mold it with your fingers into a vertical block. The Stonehenge's vertical stones are called liths. A single upright stone is also known as a monolith.

Press its base against the table to allow it to stand firmly on its own. Slightly flatten the top as well - this will make it easier to put a horizontal stone on top.
Step 4 Miniature Stonehenge craft 4. Make more monoliths of approximately the same height and arrange them in a circle to define the Stonehenge's round shape.
Step 5 Miniature Stonehenge craft 5. Shape the dough into slightly thinner blocks to make the horizontal stones called lintels. Each lintel connects two liths to make a trilith or trilithon - a structure consisting of 2 vertical stones supporting a third horizontal stone on top.

Permanently attach the horizontal stones to the vertical stones using white glue. If you are working with real rocks, it would be better to use a hot glue gun.
Step 6 Miniature Stonehenge craft 6. Continue making more horizontal stones of similar length and glue them on top of the vertical stones.
Step 7 Miniature Stonehenge craft 7. Once you have put in all the horizontal stones in place, allow your miniature Stonehenge to air dry. When the glue has dried on the joints, you may put craft sticks or something to prop up the base of each vertical stone. This will let some air circulate at the base and allow the dough to dry more quickly. If you're confident that the joints are already sturdy enough, you can invert your Stonehenge for faster drying.
Step 8 Miniature Stonehenge craft 8. When your miniature sculpture has completely dried, you can waterproof your work by applying 2 to 3 coats of clear acrylic sealer or decoupage medium (e.g. Mod Podge). Allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.

More Ideas

Miniature Stonehenge craft Add some trilithons and monoliths at the center of your Stonehenge. During the 3rd period of Stonehenge's history (2600 BC to 2400 BC), five trilithons were said to be arranged in a horseshoe shape at the center of the circle. Make your miniature as historically accurate as you like!

You may also start out with uncolored dough or clay and paint your miniature Stonehenge after the stones have been assembled and air-dried.

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