How do you make concrete blocks? Advice from the ThriftyFun community.
We just poured leftover concrete in buckets, had everyone sign and hand print one. When the concrete is dry, they come right out. We have used them as stepping stones for more than twenty years!
When we poured our sidewalks and mowing strips, what was left over, we made concrete stepping blocks. My kids made the forms out of old wood, square, and poured in the cement. We put some small gravel on top and pushed them in a little so they could be walked on. We have had them for over 20 years. We also used benderboard and made round ones. It actually was quite fun doing this and making our own designs on top. The square ones, we added cement dye and made them the color of the brick on our house and put the brick design on each one. In a couple days they were ready to use. Another thing that is good about using them as walkways and between places, is they can be picked up and moved if you change your landscaping.
By Eletha Cole
I made stepping stones with imprints of my rhubarb leaves and they are still around 3 years later; even after Nova Scotia winters.
Lay down plastic, lay down a good size leaf, messy, but put cement on the leaf to cover not quite to the edges, put some chicken wire or some other type of reenforcement and more cement. Give some support with dirt around the form, cover with plastic and in 3-4 days VIOLA! Wash off any leaf that maybe left on the hardened stone, let set for a few days before using.
A friend had the forms where she could make pretty shapes. They looked pretty but she said she would never do that again. Lots of work.
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I have made stepping stones.I use foam letters that they use in crafts, a real large bowl from the dollar store and clear contact paper. I cut it to the shape of the bottom of the container, and write on the smooth side what I want to say, peeled the backing off. On the sticky side I put the letters in reverse making sure they have stuck down well. I use a couple of pieces of double stick tape to hold it to the container bottom so it won't shift. I mix up my concrete wearing gloves and mask, pour it slow into the container over the contact paper, I make it about 3 in. deep. I tap the sides of the container several times to try to get out any air bubbles. Leave it on a flat surface for at least 3 days (that's the hard part) then carefully flip it over not letting it drop.
If there is any holes I take a little concrete and fill them. At this point you can peel the letters out, wash them and use them again.
You can use aluminum pie tins or oblong aluminum baking pans for molds. Place buttons, shells or other "pretty things" in the bottom, pour the concrete over them and when you turn them out you have decorated stepping stones. It's almost like a concrete upside down cake. This would be a good craft project for kids.
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