How to Make Stepping Stones
An easy way to make the perfect 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;
pretty rocks (optional)
large bucket for mixing
sand ( only if needed )
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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