We used to share reader projects almost weekly, but it's been a really long time since we did one! We're so excited to have a reader submission from Michelle at Shelly Homemaker today, showing us how to make these beautiful concrete stepping stones! This is one of those projects I would be totally scared to try to figure out on my own, so I'm so glad Michelle has done the hard work for me! Enjoy!
Garden Stepping Stones Tutorial
Quickset concrete (I got a 50lb bag at lowes for $5)
Water (from the tap... free, ish)
Flower pot trays (from the $1 store, came in packs of 3 or 4, got 3 - $3)
Oil and Basting brush... I had these, in my kitchen, might be buying a new basting brush now, (FYI they have them at the $1 store too)
Stones, Marbles, or tiles (can find lots of places! My favorites were the flat marbles from, you guessed it, the $1 store)
First things first, prep work. Collect all your materials.
Brush some oil into the one of the plastic trays
Mix your concrete. Add some concrete powder to a old bucket, and add water slowly until you get to the right consistency.
You are going for Malt o meal, or cream of wheat - NOT oatmeal!
Place your stones in any pattern you want! You want them to sink down a little bit, so they close to flush with the top of the concrete, this will keep them from falling out as they are outside being weathered.
Don't worry about the tops having concrete on them, once they are relatively dry, the concrete will wash off with that old rag you have on hand.
We made some stones for my mom and mother-in-law for mothers day, with the girls hand prints in them, also decorated with stones.
After a little trial and error, we discovered it DOES need to be a little thicker and more set up to preserve a hand print over put in stones. SO do what you can to decorate the stone, then add the hand prints.
A few hours later, or the next day, you can pop them out of the plastic, and wipe the tops down with a damp rag, they shine up sooo nice!
With our 50 lb. bag of quickset, we made 10 stones! 5 - 10" and 5 - 8"
This is a very fun project, and perfect for those of us that are monetarily challenged!
I think I need like 27 to do around my yard!
Thanks, Michelle! Awesome project! If you have a project you'd like to share with our readers, shoot us an e-mail!
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