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Making a Mosaic Stepping Stone

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A mosaic stepping stone is a fun easy craft that will look great in your garden and makes a perfect gift, too. This is a guide about making a mosaic stepping stone.
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October 27, 2009
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. I use tacky glue so that it dissolves away after removing the stepping stone from the mold.
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You can use a purchased mold, a pizza box, or make a mold with pieces of lumber cut to size. For this stone, I made an octagonal mold from cardboard, then lined it with a piece cut from a plastic grocery bag. This way supply costs are minimal! The letters can be left in, or removed to give an engraved look.

By Creativeman from Chatsworth, CA

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October 28, 20090 found this helpful

Hi, Your stepping stone is really beautiful. What is a hotwire machine? Also, what are you gluing the pieces too. Thanks,

Rose

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Christine Weber0 found this helpful
December 6, 2005

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.

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Materials and Equipment:

Instructions:

  1. Create this project outdoors or cover your work surface with a large plastic bag or newspapers to keep it clean.
  2. Before mixing the concrete, spread your shells, glass, and pieces of broken pottery out in front of you. On a piece of paper, trace out the circumference of your pie plate or saucer. Create a "practice" design for your stepping-stone within the circle you have drawn. Do one for each stone you plan to make.
  3. Mix concrete in a bucket or wheelbarrow according to the instructions on the package. Determine the amount you need for the number of stepping-stones you will be making. If you are making several stepping-stones, do not make more than two or three at a time. The mixture should be thick, but not runny. Add water and stir with wooden stick or spade until it is the desired consistency. Do not breathe in the concrete dust. Be sure to follow the safety precautions on the package.
  4. Pour concrete into pie plates or plant saucers, whichever you are using.
  5. Place your plate or saucer on a flat, even surface. Transfer your design from the paper to the pie plate or saucer. This method allows you to recreate your original design accurately. Be sure to press the pieces of pottery, shells, and glass into the concrete so that the edges are flush with the surface of the concrete. Because these stones may be stepped on with bare feet, no rough edges should be visible.
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  7. Set the finished stepping-stone aside to dry. If drying outside, make sure it is in a covered area. The stones should take from one to two days to dry, depending on the weather. Once dry, they are easily removed from the pie plate or saucer, which can be reused to make more stepping-stones. Do not reuse the pie plate to hold food!

Give your completed stepping-stone to your favorite gardener!

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March 12, 20080 found this helpful

Beautiful! I had to compliment you. What a lovely gift this would make. Thank you!

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