Make Your Own Stepping Stones
By: H. Iacobacci-Miller
If you've ever priced stepping stones, you know that they can be
rather pricey. However, you can make your own and save a bundle
while adding personalized touches to your garden. This is a fun
and easy project to do with your kids as well. They make great additions
to any type garden as well as personalized gifts that friends and
family will adore.
What You Will Need:
- Drop cloth, newspapers or old sheet
- Cement/Concrete mix such as Quikrete (found at hardware stores,
a 60 pound bag will make 6 stones)
- Hardware cloth or screening (found at hardware stores, this
will help reinforce the stepping stones)
- Cement color (optional - used to add color to the stepping stones)
- Flourishes (mosaic tiles, objects to make impressions, paints,
Molds - molds can be made using items such as tin foil pie
or roasting pans, plastic planter saucers or store-bought molds
that can be found in most craft supply stores. You can also make
your stepping stone mold(s) using 2 x 4's to form a square or other
Flourishes - you can use just about anything you can come
up with to add personal touches to your stepping stones. Create
a mosaic with tile chips, create patterns or edging with colored
glass, marbles or even seashells. Use leaves or flowers to create
impressions. You can even purchase patio paints designed to endure
the elements. The sky's the limit with this project.
- First - protect your working area with an old sheet, newspapers
or painter's drop cloth.
- Set out your mold(s) and flourishes. If you are creating a mosaic
design, make sure that you have laid it out to ensure that it
will look as you want it to look.
- Prepare your cement/concrete mix following the manufacturer's
directions. If you are using a concrete color, add into concrete
per manufacturer's directions.
- Spoon concrete into the mold filling it about half full, then
smooth it down.
- Lay your cut piece of screening or hardware cloth into the
- With your support in place, fill the mold until full
- Remove air bubbles by gently tapping around the outside of the
- Set stepping stone aside and allow concrete to begin to set
(30 to 60 minutes)
- Now you can add in your personal touches
- When you have your flourishes completed, set your stepping stones
aside and allow to sit for 2- 3 days to completely set.
- Very gently, slide or "pop" the stepping stone out
of the mold
- Seal with an acrylic sealer and allow to dry thoroughly
If you have made your own stepping stones, we'd love to see
pictures or hear your tips/tricks for this project.