Blarney Stone Craft

Near a small town, Cork, in Ireland is the village of Blarney.
In that village stands a 90 foot castle named Blarney Castle.
At the top of that castle is the infamous Blarney Stone.

The castle was constructed in 1446, but the story begins 200 years before then. The story is one of a magical stone. Some tell the story that it is the rock that Moses struck with is staff to make water for the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. Others reveal it is the rock that once had been Jacob's Pillow and the one that the prophet Jeremiah brought to Ireland, becoming the Lia Fail (fatal stone) used as an oracular throne of Irish Kings. While these legends are rich in story, the most accepted version is that the stone was given by Robert the Bruce in gratitude for Irish support at the battle of Bannockburn (1314) to Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster. McCarthy placed the stone in his castle in Blarney and it became known as the Blarney Stone. A century later (1446), the stone was installed into a larger version of Blarney Castle by King Dermot McCarthy.

The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle.

The Legend: "Kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of bag, eloquence or skill at flattery.

Make Your Own Blarney Stone:

You will need:

- a smooth, clean rock
- Brush
- green paint
- glue
- markers
- glitter, plastic jewels, googly eyes etc.

1. Paint the clean and dry rock green.

2. After the paint is dry, decorate your rock using glitter, beads, plastic jewels, googly eyes or other interesting items.

3. When the paint and glue are dry, add details using markers or another medium.