Friday, January 22, 2010

Garden Stepping Stone Project




Here are some cute stepping stones that you can make for your garden. The items that are used can be "found" items from around the house or the children's toy box. If you look at the stepping stones you can see rocks, marbles, buttons, shells, rubber snakes and insects, foam cut outs, beads, tools and even a dog leash. The stepping stones can be themed around your garden area. You might want to use bugs, insects and toys for a children's garden or bugs, fish and toads around a pond. There are limitless ideas for these stepping stones.








Here is how you can make them for your garden.


1. Use old metal round, square or rectangle cake pans, plastic dish pans or plant saucers for the form. Make sure that you use a piece of plastic over your work area. I would suggest that you also use disposable gloves to protect your skin.

2. Spray the inside of the form with spray cooking oil. This will help the cement to release from the form when it dries.

3. Mix up some Quikrete cement using 1 part cement to 5 parts water. The mix should be the thickness of a brownie mix.

4. Fill the form about 1 inch deep, then level and smooth the cement. Add a piece of screen wire over the cement that has been cut 1/2 inch smaller than the form. Add another 1 to 1 1/2 inches of cement over the screen. Smooth and level the cement. Tap the sides of the form to remove air bubbles.

5. Allow the cement to set for about 30 to 60 minutes then add your decorations. Lightly push them down into the moist cement.

6. The stepping stone should dry for 2 to 3 days, then you can remove it from the form.

7. Your stepping stone needs to dry 1 week before taking it outdoors. I would suggest applying a coat of clear cement sealer to help preserve your new stepping stone before you move it to the garden.




Hope you have fun with this project and Happy Gardening!







The Creative Gardener



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6 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Debbie, how cute are those. I love the idea of personalizing them with things around the home. Sounds fun and not to tough to handle. I like that your instructions has the screen in between the layers of cement. That would make them more stronger. The one with the little tools is cute. Thank you for sharing.

Kyna said...

Great post! These really are fun to make. My husband and his young daughter made one of these, and it's sitting out in the front garden :) Hers is sparkly in the sunshine :)

Liza said...

I love those stones! What a great idea, thanks for sharing!

Janet said...

Very cute stepping stones!

JGH said...

Finally a use for what my mom used to call "kids crippletycrap" around the house (the misc. buttons, rocks, etc.) Definitely bookmarking this post!

Netmilsmom said...

Pizza boxes make great forms.