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Create your own decorative stepping stones

by User Not Found | Apr 17, 2014

April is a great time to start thinking about decorating your garden. One of the cheapest and most effective ways to do it is to create your own stepping stones. It’s a great fun for you, your family and friends. Let your imagination run wild!

You will need:

  • Molds: they can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on your design. The molds are easy to find, you can use baking pans, plastic trays, aluminium pan tins, pizza boxes etc.
  • Cement: quick setting concrete
  • Decorations:
    • Pebbles, Stones
    • Shells
    • Stained Glass
    • Broken tiles
    • Buttons
    • Old board game pieces: dice, scrabble, dominos, chess pieces
    • Bottle caps etc.

 

Let’s make a stepping stone.

  • First, if you are making your stepping stone indoors prepare your workstation by lying down some newspaper or plastic sheeting
  • Set you mold on your work surface. If you are using frying pan or some household item make sure to put a layer of cooking spray or Vaseline in it. You don’t want to make a stepping stone and then not be able to take it out from the mold
  • Now you are ready to mix the concrete so follow the directions on the bag of the cement that you are using
  • Once the cement is mixed, transfer it into your mold. Even out the top and tap gently around the outside of the mold. This will help to remove any air bubbles
  • Leave your stepping stone to set for about 30 to 60 min and then start decorating it. You want your stones or glass to sink down a little bit, this will keep them from falling out. Don’t worry about the decorations having a bit of concrete on the top, after the concrete is relatively dry you can wipe it off with a cloth
  • If you would like to make a handprint or stamp letters, leave your concrete mixture to dry for 30 – 40 min. If there is water accumulating on top, dab it with a cloth or a paper towel. You should also coat your hands with a layer of Vaseline or vegetable oil before making an imprint
  • After you finish decorating, leave the stepping stone for 3 days and then gently remove it from the mold. Then leave it out for a week to “cure”


Tips.

  • Check the weather forecast, if it’s raining leave the stepping stone indoors
  • To make sure that the stepping stone will not break fill the molds to at least 2 inches thickness
  • Cement should have a consistence of cookie dough
  • You can use a colour dye to brighten up the stepping stone

Fergal's Bio

Hi my name is Fergal, I have been a horticulturist with CountryLife since April 2009 in the New Ross branch . I have a BSC in horticulture which I received from WIT and Kildalton College . Before joining CountryLife I worked in Ballymaloe cookery school in Shanagary Co. Cork were I was involved in fruit and vegetable production for the cookery school and also the farmers Market in Middleton every Saturday. After Ballymaloe I went to work in Mount Congreve Estate in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford where I worked on the grounds of the estate maintaining the gardens. I love planting seeds and taking cuttings of plants, giving them a little bit of care and attention and watching them grow into mature plants. Fergal