How to Make a Decorative Garden Path

Learn how to make a fun, leaf-inspired garden path with this step-by-step guide.

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Concrete Leaf Stepping Stones Lead to PlayhouseEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dance along your very own winding path through your garden. Make these eye-catching steppingstones by molding concrete into pretty leafy shapes. You'll need big leaves for this project, like the ones on rhubarb, zucchini and sunflower plants.

Materials Needed:

  • disposable plastic gloves
  • apron
  • large plant leaves
  • powdered cement mix
  • large plastic container
  • putty knife
  • cardboard
  • sand

1. Mix the Cement

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

Cement MixtureEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Position 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.

Lay Large Leaf Out Flat with Veiny Side UpEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Spread Cement on the Leaf

With a putty knife, spread the cement all over the leaf. This layer should be about 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick at the edges and at least 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) thick at the center.

Spread Cement Evenly Over LeafEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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