How to Make Stepping Stones

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An easy way to make the perfect stepping stones.

Stepping Stones

How to Make the Perfect Stepping Stones

This is an easy way to make the perfect stepping stones. You can design them in many different shapes such as; hearts, stars, rounds, ovals, triangles, rectangles, the possibilities are endless. So are the decorator touches you can add to them, your child's hand or foot print. You could use your finger or a clean stick and write a name on them before the mix completely sets. You can take some beautiful rocks and stones you've collected and press them in, make sure the smoothest part is up.
I made some of these for a friend that had a stroke and is homebound. She has a huge coin collection, mainly pennies so I decorated the stepping stones with pennies placed in the concrete about 3" apart. They looked great and she loves having them as a pathway to her flower garden.
Another idea is painting flowers or scenic designs on them, just be sure to let the concrete dry completely before doing this and finish it with a clear traction sealer.
This is a fun, easy and rewarding project that will last for years to come. An added bonus is that these stepping stones always fit perfectly and never slide, shift or move from their position, because the hole and shape you dig is their exact mold.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need;

Concrete-gravel mix

Shovel

apple corer

pretty rocks (optional)

paint (optional)

gloves

wheel barrel

large bucket for mixing

sand ( only if needed )

Instructions;

1. When you know where you want your stepping stones to be, dig holes about 3" deep in the your desired shape. These can be round, square, oval or odd shapes. Use the apple corer to remove all weeds and roots, the apple corer will easily go deep into the dirt.

2. Choose your accents, beautiful rocks, pennies, mosaic tiles etc.(Optional)

3. Mix your concrete. Follow package directions for mixing.

4. Pour into the shapes you dug.

5. When it is starting to set good, add your decoration desired accents or you can write your name , make an impression of your child's hand, foot and more. The possibilities are endless.

6. When completely dried, paint if desired or leave them natural. Be sure to put on a clear stone traction, sealer, top coat .

7. If there happens to be any shrinkage after concrete stepping stones have set a few days, fill in with sand around the edges and press firmly.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Delores, The stepping stones are fun to make and I love the fact that each is one of a kind. Giving them as gifts is a great idea. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Making these stepping stones is so much fun and can add a personal note to your garden. A friend of mine and I made a bunch for ourselves and to give as Christmas gifts. We had a regular production line going for a couple of days. But we did not use the sealer and lost some of the mosaic designs over the winter.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

This sounds easy enough to me and look how beatiful they turn out. I realized after reading some of your HUBS that Michael Landon was a big influence in my life. I've written a HUB about it and will publish it when I publicize my "Seeds from Heaven" novel, in about six weeks or so. Thanks for the ideas that you pour forth so effortlessly!


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I've had a stepping stone kit in my closet for a couple of years. I guess it's time to get busy. Thanks for the inspiration.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

What a great idea. I love projects like this. Bookmarked for sure.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

viryabo, I'm so glad you like the hub and can use some of the ideas here. Thanks so much for commenting and for being a good Hubber friend


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viryabo 5 years ago

Bookmarked!

As an interior designer, and landscape designer, i appreciate these creative ideas you have here, for outdoor stepping stones.

Great hub Becky and great creativity.

I'll most definitely use these ideas in my next garden design project.

V.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

TnFlash, Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you can use the ideas.:)


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TnFlash 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Great Hub! This is a very clever idea. I'm going to make some personalize stones for the grand kids. Thanks Bunches! Voted up and awesome.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

katiem2, I'm glad you can use this, it really is a fun and rewarding project that will last for years to come. Thanks so much for commenting.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

This is SO cool, my daughter got a stepping stone kit for her birthday one year, it made one stone, was really fun and is a treasured piece of art in our garden. I love you tips and guide for making stepping stones. We will def be making many more now that we know how thanks to you!

Thank you for this very special and awesome hub on how to make stepping stones! Katie :)


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Bayoulady, this really is a fun and rewarding project that the whole family can participate in. Thanks for commenting on my Hub.


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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

This is a hot one! I am book marking it for a spring project for the older grandchildren!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

thoughtforce, I'm glad you were inspired by the ideas in my Hub. I'm looking forward to planting a new garden this Spring too.Thanks for commenting.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Gloshei, I know what you mean; I have big plans for my garden this year, lots of work ahead for me too :) Thanks for commenting.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Pamela, Your right; it isn't that hard to do, in fact I had fun crafting them. I plan on making a few for my friend's garden walk this Spring. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

What a very good idea to add something unique to your yard and it doesn't look that hard to do. Thanks for the information.


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Gloshei 5 years ago from France

What a brilliant idea, we have a lot to do in the garden this year so I will definately have a go.

And I can already see lots of areas for this to happen.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Great ideas for adding some color and pattern to the Stepping Stones! I really yearn for gardening and the spring now, and to read this hub gives me ideas that gets me going for a while! Thanks for the inspiration!

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