First, hunt for and find the perfect rock. A flat, oval shaped rock works best but, because it's a gift, let your child choose and make it their own.
From my experience, painting the rock on a paper plate saves time and mess. The rock has to stay on the plate while you paint it and makes it easy to move to a drying spot.
Use the permanent marker to write "My Dad Rocks" or "My Grandma Rocks" or the name of whoever you are making your paperweight for. We added a little glitter to ours. Get creative and add glitter, puff paint, or stickers. Wrap up your gift! Your special someone is sure to love this paperweight—made with love.