DIY Stepping Stones
Every year there is always the big question of what to get mom for Mother's Day. Flowers are always a safe choice. Almost all moms enjoy receiving flowers for Mother's Day. There are many web sites where you can order flowers and have them delivered, even at the last minute! This is a great option if mom lives far away.
If you have a little time to plan ahead and you want to make something for your mom (these are also great for kids to make for grandma), then consider making a custom made stepping stone for her to put in her garden.
These are really fun to make. You can put a lot of effort into them if you want to, but they are actually really easy to make.
- Quick setting concrete
- Plant saucers
- 5 gallon bucket
- Small shovel
- Glass stones
- Cooking Spray
First you will need to go buy some quick setting concrete. To save money, look on Craigslist first. A lot of people buy concrete for small DIY projects and either have some leftover or they never got around to using it at all. You can find some really good deals there.
You can find five gallon buckets at home improvement stores for about $3. These are always handy to have around for projects like this.
Plant saucers (that you put under plants to catch water overflow) are very inexpensive. You can get three or four of them for a dollar at the Dollar Store. It's nice to get a couple in case you want to make more than one at a time.
You will also need some glass stones to decorate the stepping stone. You can find these at Dollar Stores, but they have a much larger selection at craft stores. They come in all colors and sizes.
Preparing the Molds
The plant saucers will be used as molds for the stepping stones. You can use small ones or big ones, it is up to you.
Set out the saucers and spray the insides with cooking spray. This will make sure you can easily remove the finished stones. These saucers can be re-used several times before you throw them away.
Preparing the Concrete
Next place some of the concrete mix in the five gallon bucket. It takes about 1/3 of a bucket of concrete to make three large stepping stones.
Slowly add water to the concrete mix until the mixture is wet, but thick. You don't want it to be runny. It should be the consistency of brownie batter.
Filling the Molds
Use the small shovel to put the wet concrete mix into the molds. Carefully scrape the excess off and put back in the bucket.
If water starts to rise to the top of the concrete, just place a paper towel on top for a second to absorb the excess water.
Arrange the glass stones on the wet concrete, gently pressing them into the concrete. You don't want them to get covered with concrete, but if they are just laying on top they will come off when the concrete dries.
In addition to glass stones, you can also use marbles and broken pieces of china.
If a child is making the stone for mom or grandma, you can have them place their hand or foot print in the concrete.
If you want to add words or a saying to the stone, you can buy inexpensive letter stamps that are made for stamping concrete. Just keep in mind that you need to let the concrete dry for 20 minutes or so before you stamp the letters or the letters will not make a good impression in the concrete.
The stepping stones will come right out of the molds a couple of hours after you finish them. Place them somewhere to completely dry before you do anything with them. It takes awhile for concrete to set completely.
You CAN use these as actual stepping stones, but they actually make a better decoration for patios or flower beds. After all this hard work you don't want it to break when someone steps on it!
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