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Homemade Stepping Stones

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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I got some stepping stones the other day for a little over a dollar a piece. I wanted to "jazz" them up a bit. So, I put my kids' feet to work and made these little bugs and flowers, using Patio Paint.

A collection of footprint painted stepping stones.

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July 1, 2010

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!

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This project is easier than it sounds. Do it outside, because it gets messy! Mix cement with water according to directions on bag. Pour in tins. Let it sit until it is firm enough to hold a print. Place child's foot in center of tin and smoosh :)

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April 14, 2015

I have a Texas shaped mold. I can't seem to keep the panhandle and south Texas from breaking off. I was told to put chicken wire in my mold for stability.

By Marilyn

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October 23, 20172 found this helpful

I used chicken wire in mine. They definitely hold together better..

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April 29, 20180 found this helpful

I use wire hangers. Theyre free.

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May 14, 20181 found this helpful

I use Window screen.

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May 30, 20190 found this helpful

the idea to use wire hangers e good but how. Could you explain a bit? Thank you.

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September 15, 20190 found this helpful

I would cut the wire hangers a little short of the length and width and make a grid pattern. Place some cement in the containers add the grid wires and then add the rest of the cement. You could use a bread twisty tie to tie the wires together. Make sure you jiggle it so the air bubbles are released. I made stepping stones 20 years ago without wire, and they are still good

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August 11, 2013

We were not able to embellish with our lettering, marbles, etc. I have 2 sad little girls and one frustrated grandma. I followed the concrete quick set directions and worked fast, but not fast enough.


We will paint it next week using acrylic paints. What should it be covered with to preserve it?

By Evelyn

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August 7, 20171 found this helpful

Rustolium clear coat UV protectant

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I have 40 years worth of chipped and cracked mugs (you know the ones you save from kids, grandkids, sisters, and husband's parents and so on). I was thinking of breaking them up for stepping stones and was wondering if anyone has tried this?

By Wendy A

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September 27, 20152 found this helpful

I like to use broken colored ceramic dishes. I place my design on top as soon it's like pudding so they wont sink. Just be sure to take care of any sharp corners. Push 'em in flush. Oh, I used a plastic tray my hamburg game in.

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Homemade cement, rock, and I added my own design!

decorated stepping stone

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April 12, 2013

This is a page about making hypertufa stepping stones. Hypertufa can be prepared and molded into a variety of garden enhancements, including stepping stones.

Making Hypertufa Stepping Stones

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May 23, 2016

Making your own stepping stones is a fun project and a way to create unique stones for your garden. This is a page about making concrete stepping stones.

Making Concrete Stepping Stones

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May 23, 2016

This is a page 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

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