Amber Fossil Craft

Amber Fossil Craft

Have you ever found a piece of amber?  I never have but I am still looking!  It would be especially cool to find one with a fossil inside.  For a long time people didn’t know what amber was until one day a scientist did a simple experiment.

He lit a piece on fire and the smoke smelled like pine.  Amber is actually fossilized tree resin.

Scientists have learned a lot from amber.  It has preserved creatures and plant material millions of years old!  The Amber Time Machine with David Attenborough is a great video to watch and is included on this DVD (image is Amazon affiliate link).

Maybe one day you will find a piece of amber but in the meantime how about making a replica.  The great part about making your own is that you can “preserve” any thing you want inside!

What do you think our ancestors will find encased in amber millions of years from now?!

Here is what you will need…

  • flat marbles
  • colored pencils
  • copy paper
  • scissors
  • decoupage medium
  • paint brush

Here’s how…  

  1. Draw a circle just a little smaller than the flat marble.
  2. Draw your fossil in the circle and color.
  3. Cut out the shape and coat the front with medium.
  4. Also coat the flat side of the marble.
  5. Attach your drawing to the gem and press.
  6. Then add a thin layer of medium to the back of the paper.  .
  7. After it’s dry add an additional coat of medium and repeat.

If you want you can attach a loop of ribbon to turn it into a pendant or a magnet and display it on your fridge.  We just left them as is.  They make nice gifts and I’m pretty sure they bring good luck!

Check out new amber craft here!

This book is a great intro to different kinds of fossils and how they are formed (image is Amazon affiliate link)…

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This post is linked up Homeschool at Squishable Baby and Afterschool at Mama Smiles.  Check out these links for lots of great educational ideas!



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    • Hi Jackie, Yes! I also colored the paper to create the amber color. I blended a little from yellow to orange/brown.

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