|Written by Bill Hanks|
Adding stepping stones, to your yard or walkway, is a great way to add to your landscape. ¬†Adding special stepping stones, that you make yourself,is even better. ¬†This article will explain how you can do this. ¬†This is a great craft, that even children can do. ¬†These stepping stones also make great gifts for Christmas and birthdays.
Supplies; ¬†You will need a stepping stone mold, ready mix concrete, broken glass or toy marbles, cookie cutters, water, sponge and bucket, paint, brushes and concrete trowel.
Step 1; ¬†Decide how big your stepping stones will be. ¬†Your mold will determine this. ¬†You can purchase your molds. These may or may not have designs on them. ¬†You might be able to find regular square or circle molds at an outdoor garden store.
Step 2; ¬†Mix your ready mix concrete. ¬†Follow the directions on the bag. ¬†Pour it evenly into the molds. ¬†Level it off at the top. ¬†Save the excess by placing it back in your mixer.
Step 3; ¬†After just a few moments, use your water bucket and sponge and start putting on a smooth top surface to your stepping stones. ¬†If you have never used a sponge for texture, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Step 4; ¬†Place your cookie cutter into the top of the stones. ¬†Start placing your designs, as you want them.
Step 5; ¬†You can now start placing your broken glass and marbles into your design. ¬†Any displaced concrete can again be smoothed over with your sponge and water.
Step 6; ¬†Once the stones have cured (This will be several days), ¬†they will be ready to paint, if you desire to.
Step 7; ¬†Place your stones where they will be put to good use. ¬†Many individuals like to use them in their flower gardens. I placed mine going into my garage door.
Note; ¬†Concrete texture is very important in making your designs. ¬†The smoother the better. ¬†However, you don't want it too wet. ¬†Cookie cutters clan be cleaned with tap water in bucker.