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.
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
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.
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!
I LOVE this idea, I am going to attempt this with my kids this summer! Hopefully they will hold still!:)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
This is a guide about making hypertufa stepping stones. Hypertufa can be prepared and molded into a variety of garden enhancements, including stepping stones.
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.
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
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.
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.