Use half flat plant containers to make fast and easy paving stones for your garden. We had a bunch of half flat containers left over from buying plants this spring. I thought they would make great stepping stone molds, but wasn't sure how to get the best results and be able to reuse the molds for future projects. I got the idea to line them with plastic and turned out to be the perfect solution.
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I have been carving and casting stepping stones for almost 20 years and this is how I do it. Hope that this will help someone with their project. The mold used is a purchased ABS plastic stepping stone mold.
Here's a video about making your own stepping stones.
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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
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.
Is there any easy way to make stepping stones? I am looking for a easy craft to do with the older grandchildren. What supplies would I need, what type of concrete, would I need a finishing spray and also how thick should the form be for the stones?I am thinking of using a thin plastic form that you can purchase at the garden store that you are used under potted plants. Any easy steps or suggestions that you might have would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
You line molds with petroleum jelly and put concrete mix in. P&G everyday has the instructions here: www.pgeveryday.com/
Not sure what age group you are referring to but sounds like a fun experience.
There are several good sites that give lots of ideas in case you plan to decorate your stones. Also, there are some easy instructions on thriftyFun past issues.
we did this project with our grands last summer,Gather pie pans,buy quick creet at lowes mix it with water fill the pie pans up smooth them out then we used old jewelry rhinestones pebbles ,sticks acorns or any thing you have look in your junk drawers .we let the kids decorate however they chose .they all turned out great oh and sea shells too, we are going to use them as a pathway into our back yard they are so cute let them dry for two days then remove them from the pan.make sure you press the objects in deep so they wont fall out it if they do just glue them back in place
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I have 2 16"x16x1" concrete forms for making patios or just stepping stones. My question is should I use quick setting concrete or just concrete? Also, what would be the ratio of water to concrete?