Homemade Stepping Stones

That well worn path can be paved with inexpensive stepping stones. This guide is about homemade stepping stones.
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February 23, 2011 Flag
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Stepping stones are an easy way to add functional creativity to your garden. Here's a simple and inexpensive way to make your own in just 10 easy steps.
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Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Gather supplies.

  2. Protect your work surface. It's helpful to use a piece of plywood or another movable surface for your work surface so you can move them to another location for curing. Then cover it with an old tarp, vinyl table cloth, or lawn-sized trash bags.
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  3. "Grease" your mold. Cover your mold with a heavy coating of cooking spray, Vaseline, or line the bottom of the mold with plastic wrap. This will help your stone release easily from the mold. Pizza boxes, plastic saucers, and pie tins generally don't need to be sprayed. Simply peel the sides of the mold away from the stone after it sets.

  4. Mix up the concrete. Follow the directions according to the product's package. If necessary, add in more mix or water until the mix reaches the consistency of thick brownie batter. Take care to protect yourself with eyewear, gloves, and a face mask. Concrete dust can be hazardous when inhaled, and once mixed, cement can cause severe burns upon contact with your skin.

  5. Scoop half of concrete mixture into the mold. Level out the surface by gently tapping it on your work surface.

  6. Add chicken wire. Press the edges down so that no sharp ends are sticking up.

  7. Scoop remaining concrete into mold.

  8. Tap the mold gently (several times) on a hard, flat surface. This will level the surface and help release any air bubbles that might be trapped.

  9. Add embellishments. Press them gently into the surface. Use stones, tiles, stained glass, leaves, pine cones, pot shards, scrapbooking embellishments, or whatever captures your imagination. Letters and numbers made specifically for stamping imprints into stepping stones can be found at most large craft stores. Cookie cutters are also great for stamping and making imprints.

  10. Let it cure. Leave your stone to dry for 2-3 days before attempting to remove it from the mold. Plan to let it cure for at least another week before taking it outdoors and walking on it. As the stone continues to harden, mist it with water once or twice a day and keep it covered with plastic wrap. This will prevent it from drying too quickly and give it added strength.

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September 23, 20140 found this helpful

There is a much easier way to do that. Get a bag of ordinary ready-mix concrete and some chicken mesh.

Peel the lawn where you want a step, round, heart shaped, like a Sasquatch imprint, whatever, and hammer it nice and hard. Pour some ready mix into the hole. Use a planter trowel or mini shovel to mix it with some water, poke the chickenmesh down below the surface, agitate the mess a bit and smooth it.

If you want, you can add marble or brick planter topping, and pat it in.

After an hour or two use a brush or broom and a bit of water to clean the topping, or to add a bit of texture to the concrete. Shield it from the sun with cardboard or scrap wood for a day or two.

That's all there is to it.

Have FUN!

DearWebby

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September 29, 20140 found this helpful

August 30, 2006 Flag
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I save and collect broken glass and other little findings. Then I put 2 inches of cement in the bottom of a 5 or 3 gallon bucket then I press the pieces of glass and things on top. I will be making these for Christmas gifts this year.

I am going to New Orleans next month to help rebuild. I plan to bring home or mail myself as many shards as I can. I will make memory stepping stones out of them and maybe even a wall plaque.

My tip is, if you break something, don't throw it out! Recycle it!

By April from Buffalo, NY

August 31, 20060 found this helpful

No need to grease the bucket, like Alan24 said, it shrinks when it dries. I use whatever cement is cheapest. I put 20 cups of cement to make them 2" thick. I don't measure the water just pour it in till it seems just right. Not to much or the water covers the shards. Wait 3 days for it to dry. I keep it moist with a damp rag on top. After 3 days I turn it upside down, tap around the sides and bottom with a lot of rags under it so it falls out onto a soft surface. If you do some Google searching, you can find many free step by step directions.

I just tap the larger pieces of glass between two rags. Hand and foot prints will be my next projects. The possibilities are endless!

Thank you all for your feedback.

April

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January 20, 20070 found this helpful

March 5, 2015 Flag

I got some stepping stones the other day for a little over a dollar a piece. I wanted to "jazz" them up a bit. I've seen all these cute footprint pictures on Pinterest. So, I put my kids' feet to work and made these little bugs and flowers, using patio paint (found in craft stores). The other 3 plain footprints are from last year. I love seeing how much they have grown.

Make sure to follow the directions on the bottle. The paint needs to cure for 3 days before getting wet. You could also use patio paint to decorate your stones any way that you would like. Just let your inner artist come out!

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March 9, 20151 found this helpful

I LOVE this idea, I am going to attempt this with my kids this summer! Hopefully they will hold still!:)

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August 12, 2009 Flag

I save the plastic tops to store bought cakes; both the round ones and rectangular ones. They make great reusable molds for making paving stones.

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July 7, 2016 Flag

Those clear plastic plant saucers work really well as molds for making stepping stones. They are flexible, making removal of the finished stones easy. Plus they come in a number of different sizes.

Using Flower Pot Saucers for Stepping Stones

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May 23, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making cake pan stepping stones. There are so many cute cake pans shaped like cartoon characters and other designs that can be used as the mold for homemade stepping stones.

Making Cake Pan Stepping Stones

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October 15, 2009 Flag
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Here is a stepping stone I designed and made last spring. Seems that stepping stones are perennial favorites on craft sites so thought this would be helpful.

Sheri's Garden Stone

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June 27, 2007 Flag
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I am making stepping stones with each family member's hand (or paw) prints and name! We are including all friends and family who visit and will be making one of my bf's mother who is 70!

Stepping stone with David's name.

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July 1, 2010 Flag
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No need to buy a 'stepping stone form' to create your garden stones; just dig a hole 4 inches deep in the desired shape wherever you want the stone and fill with quick mix concrete. Be careful not to breathe in any concrete dust!

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April 3, 2008 Flag
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I didn't want to worry about my lawnmower hitting the stones, so I came up with a plan that worked perfectly! And all you need is cement or concrete, water and a shovel.

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May 23, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making concrete stepping stones. Making your own stepping stones is a fun project and a way to create unique stones for your garden.

Making Concrete Stepping Stones

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April 12, 2013 Flag
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This is a guide about making hypertufa stepping stones. Hypertufa can be prepared and molded into a variety of garden enhancements, including stepping stones.

Making Hypertufa Stepping Stones

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October 27, 2009 Flag
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I titled this: "Success with mosaics." It is the picture of a stepping stone made with Styrofoam letters and broken pieces of tiles used as the mosaic. The letters are made on a hotwire machine, glued into a form, and the mosaic pieces are glued in place as well.

Mosaic Stepping Stone

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March 18, 2010 Flag
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Would I be able to use Elmer's glue as a super placticizer for making cement or concrete stepping stones?

By Annie from Boulder City, NV

March 21, 20100 found this helpful
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Yes you can, but what you want to use is regular Elmer's Concrete Bonder or Elmer's Probond. It's used to bond new concrete to old. When mixed into the concrete it acts as fortifier making your stepping stones stronger and more weather resistant.

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March 21, 20100 found this helpful

December 6, 2005 Flag
Christine Weber0 found this helpful

Stir up your own cement and add seashells, broken pottery and glass to create a colourful stepping-stone for the gardener on your Christmas list.

Mosaic blue stepping stone.

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