Browsing: Homemade Stepping Stones

Share a SolutionAsk a Question
To Top

Homemade Stepping Stones

That well worn path can be paved with inexpensive stepping stones. This guide is about homemade stepping stones.

Ad
Homemade Stepping Stones
Filter: All Articles Sort: Relevance

February 23, 2011 Flag
23 found this helpful

Making Stepping StonesStepping 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.

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.

  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.

Additional Hints:

Ad

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

Note: I sprayed them with cooking spray, but I don't know that it was necessary.

Using flower Pot Saucers for Stepping Stones

Using Flower Pot Saucers for Stepping Stones

Using Flower Pot Saucers for Stepping Stones

Comment On This PostWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

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.

Ad
A collection of footprint painted stepping stones.

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!

August 30, 2006 Flag
2 found this helpful

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.

Mosaic stepping stones.

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.

May 23, 2016 Flag
3 found this helpful

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

March 18, 2010 Flag
1 found this helpful

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

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
March 21, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

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.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers...

May 23, 2016 Flag
1 found this helpful

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

October 15, 2009 Flag
4 found this helpful

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

June 27, 2007 Flag
2 found this 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!

Stepping stone with David's name.

April 3, 2008 Flag
3 found this helpful

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.

July 1, 2010 Flag
8 found this helpful

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!

April 12, 2013 Flag
1 found this helpful

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

June 23, 2011 Flag
1 found this helpful

Does anyone have any idea as to what I can use to seal a plaster stepping stone? I had my grandson make a stepping stone from a kit. It turned out to be plaster which will disintegrate outside. I had him paint it today (with acrylic paints), but now I can't find anything to seal the whole thing with. I was told to use Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish, but that is strictly for wood finishes. Please help!

By cuisinequeen

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Anonymous Flag
May 17, 20160 found this helpful

Oh hi when I re-do my gnomes and fairies outside I just use a clear gloss paint and it works perfectly and is a lot cheaper than these speciallised products they tell you to use and are basically the same.xxx

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers...
Load More
Related
Categories
Crafts Garden & YardApril 22, 2012
Guides
Hypertufa Stepping Stones
Making Hypertufa Stepping Stones
A petunia growing in a crack in pavement.
Growing Plants in Pavement Cracks
Making Concrete Patio Blocks
Making Concrete Patio Blocks
More
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on August 26, 2016 at 10:39:03 PM on 10.0.0.82 in 3 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!