Make Concrete Leaf Stepping Stones

Make these eye-catching stepping-stones by molding concrete into leafy shapes.

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2010, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Enchanted Path

Dance along your very own winding path through your garden with this easy stepping stone project.

Gathering the Materials

You’ll need big leaves for this project, like the ones on rhubarb, zucchini and sunflower plants. You will also need: disposable plastic gloves / apron / powdered cement mix / large plastic container / putty knife / cardboard / sand

Step 1: Mix the Cement

Mix up the cement into a thick paste in a large plastic container, according to the instructions on the packaging. Remember to wear an apron and disposable plastic gloves.

Step 2: Lay Out the Leaf

For each stone, lay one leaf flat on a large piece of cardboard. The leaf’s veiny, reverse side should be facing up.

Step 3: Spread Cement Out Over Leaf

With a putty knife, spread the cement all over the leaf. This layer should be about a 1/2-inch thick at the edges, and at least 1 1/2 inches thick at the center.

Step 4: Spread Cement Out Evenly Over Leaf

Smooth cement out over leaf and edges with putty knife. Allow cement to dry for at least 2 hours, until it is just dry enough to hold its shape.

Step 5: Pull Leaf Away from Stone and Allow to Dry

Gently turn it over and peel away the leaf. This will be easier if the concrete is still a bit wet. Now leave the “stone” to dry completely for a day or two.

Step 6: Position Stepping Stones

Once your stones are dry, decide on their position by arranging them on the grass to make sure their spacing suits your stride. Use a trowel to mark around each shape. Remove the first stone and dig out the grass and soil to the depth of the stone plus an extra inch.

Step 7: Layer Sand Under Stepping Stone to Level

Place a 1-inch layer of sand into each hole and make sure it’s smooth before placing the stone on top. Repeat for all your stones, checking that they’re even and filling gaps around the edge with soil.

Final Touches

To level the stones, add or remove sand underneath. Leave the stones to settle for a few days before walking on them.

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