How to Make Steppingstones
This summer you could be 'stepping out' on your own original works of art. Use these instructions to create one-of-a-kind stepping stones for your garden or yard.
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As you're roaming your garden or yard, imagine following a path of decorated stones to your favorite bench or coming upon a stone surprise tucked in a wildflower patch. Our do-it-yourself steppingstones can be as simple or elaborate, as practical or whimsical as you wish — and they can be created in a few hours. This year, instead of stepping in the mud to avoid trampling your basil, you could be standing on an original work of art.
- a mold — a plastic plant tray or pizza box
- Quikcrete mortar mix
- rubber gloves
- mixing tool
- paper mask
- protective eyewear
- paper towels
- craft sticks
- decorative items
Poke a few drainage holes in the bottom of your plastic plant tray or reinforce your pizza box with tape.
Plan your design using a paper template. (Mortar hardens quickly, so it's important to plan first, and mix and pour second.)
Mix the mortar with water until it's the consistency of thick frosting. We found it best to start with water and pour in the mortar a cup at a time, stirring as you go (wear protective eyewear and a paper mask so you don't inhale the concrete dust).
Do-it-yourself garden decorations can add a colorful touch to your outdoor space and work double duty as plant identifiers.
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