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How To Make DIY Garden Stepping Stones

How To Make DIY Garden Stepping Stones



How To Make DIY Garden Stepping Stones

Stepping stones in a garden can create a path, walkway or patio, or simply point the way on a visual trail through your garden. They make a great DIY project year round, and most can be easily done on a covered craft table or in a corner of the garage. This is a great project to get creative with and allow your personality, or the personality of your garden shine through. Here are our favorite DIY stepping stone projects, complete with instructions for creating your own.

DIY Garden Stepping Stones

Basic Stepping Stone Recipe

Portland Cement

Water

Mold

Release Agent (We use Pam)

Decorative elements

Mix Portland cement with water a little at a time until it it as thick as oatmeal.

You can use almost anything as a mold, as long as it’s smooth and can release the stone once it’s cured. I like disposable plastic containers, because the stone will pop right out like ice cubes from a tray. You could line boxes with plastic wrap, use cake pans or even line nursery flats for large stones. Then spray the molds with Pam so they will release when set.

Pour concrete into mold. Allow to set an hour or so to thicken, then add any decorative elements into the surface of the stepping stone. Push in gently. Allow to set overnight in the mold, then turn out and allow to cure 1-3 weeks.

Trick we learned: if you are making a large stepping stone, or one that has a lot of detail and therefore not as thick, place a piece of chicken wire into the mold after you have poured or applied half the concrete. Then apply the rest of the concrete over the wire. This will strengthen your stones so they are less likely to crack.

As you see in the photos below, partially burying the stones into gravel or soil will help protect the more delicate edges from breaking.

Follow the individual tutorials below for their takes on a DIY stepping stone!

DIY Stepping Stone Tutorials

From Tanya at ‘Lovely Greens‘, make these sea glass DIY garden stepping stones! Her tutorial is easy to follow, and she even gives you tips on where to find the sea glass.

This next DIY project is from Haeley at ‘Design Improvised‘. Love the colors in her stenciled garden stepping stones!

This garden stepping stone tutorial comes from ‘The Mizelle Group‘ and uses a rubber doormat to create the wonderful textured pattern in the stepping stone that you see here.

Next is one of our favorites – from ‘Garden Therapy‘, this DIY stepping stone tutorial takes you through using a leaf to create these garden stones that are more like natural art!

Also from Stephanie at ‘Garden Therapy‘ are these hopscotch DIY stepping stones that are so whimsical. What a great way to get kids (big & little!0 to spend time in the garden!

‘Fine Gardening‘ provides a good post on creating pebble mosaic DIY stepping stones here. You can also use this technique to make larger areas of patio or pathway. I’m fascinated by this art form using only natural elements!

And this one by artist ‘Jeffery Bale‘. He also has a full tutorial on how to make this mosaic garden stepping stone.

If you want a simpler project, try these stones created by ‘Madigan Made‘, using just concrete and recycled plastic trays!

More Stepping Stone Ideas

Want to take the easy route and just order your stepping stones? Check out these ideas, or search for more options from ‘Wayfair‘!

This Butterflies Stepping Stone looks pretty cool to us. Love the contrasting black and gold. These stepping stones are made with 50% recycled rubber.

“The Fossil Fern” is a timeless stepping stone design, and has great reviews calling this “substantial” and “very realistic”!

The “Flower Power” stepping stone also has great reviews, and will last for years!

11 Comments

Kathy Woodard June 29, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Posting this for JoAnna, thank you for the nice email Joanna! – “Thank you for your tutorials on all the beautiful ways to make garden stepping stones. I have clinal depression and don’t get out of bed for a few days at a time sometimes. I’m very isolated. My connection to the world is through the internet and when i saw your article i thought i may actually try to make a few of them. I like arts and crafts anyway and these are fun, easy, i hope, inexpensive, creative and right up my ally. They will decorate my porch which is my other comfort place when i do come out of my room so i like to make it as colorful and fragrant as possible. Its a tranquil place for me and a few of these stepping stones along the steps and or running all along the edge of the porch would be really pretty. I have a grandson that i can put his little hand print in one. My creative mind is full of ideas. This will help me this summer. THANK YOU ?I tried to post a comment online but it wouldnt let me. I was very frustrated. Thats why I’m doing this email. “

Oh those are beautiful! I love the ones with the butterfly designs! I think i’s my first time to see such designs. I’m used to seeing ordinary garden stepping stones. I never really thought about these kinds of garden stepping stones. Anyway, this is a good source of information and tips on diy garden stepping stones. We could all use these tips to make our own garden stepping stones.



6 Lawn Care Musts for Your Fall Yard

Among lawn care professionals, the best way to achieve thick, green and healthy lawn in spring is to give a well-timed care in autumn - in other words, right now. However, according to Scott Frith, CEO of Lawn Doctor, a lawn care company with more than 200 franchises nationwide, many homeowners make the same basic mistakes before they fall asleep and then cause better performance of their lawn. Wonders. . I wonder more. Here is Frith's seven-step program to get a nice lawn next year.

1. Remove the leaves.

A carpet of colorful autumn leaves can look nice and can be fun to play, but they are not good for your lawn. Blocks light and traps moisture, potentially fatal strokes for unlucky grass beneath. So as the leaves fall, blow or rake them as often as possible. Even after the trees remain bare, continue to remove the corners of the wind. If you don't do this, come on the grass at the bottom of this grassland, the rotting mat will be dead.

2. Continue cutting, but to the correct height.

Don't put that mower away yet. The grass continues to grow until the first hard frost and therefore requires regular cuts to keep it ideally 2 to 3 inches high. If you let it stay too long, it becomes dull and vulnerable to fungi such as snow mold. Cutting grass too short is equally bad because it shortens the root system - the root depth is proportional to the cutting height and prevents the ability of the lawn to withstand cold and dryness in winter. Regular mowing also gets rid of pesky leaves, cuts them and leaves behind a soil-enhancing mulch.

3. Continue watering.

Frith says people tend to stop watering in the fall as the weather gets cold. Lar They think nature will do things for them, or he says. While it is true that there is more rain, more dew and less evaporation at this time of year, this may not be enough to keep the grass roots juicy and healthy in the winter. If your lawn does not receive at least an inch of water per week - the best way to follow a simple rain gauge - then run the sprinklers or irrigation system until the end of October. Until then you will want to remove hoses and flush the irrigation system to prevent frozen pipes and plugs.

4. Loosen the soil.

According to Frith, regular ventilation - every few years, prevents the soil from being compacted and covered with thatch, and a thick layer of roots, stems and debris that prevents water, oxygen and nutrients from reaching the soil. A core aerator corrects both problems by drilling holes in that hole and pulling the earth plug up. "It is a good idea to ventilate a lawn just before fertilization," says Frith. "All these holes in your lawn will allow the manure to reach the roots that it can do best."

5. Add fertilizer.

Just as grass roots need water to last in winter, they also benefit from a shot of plant sugars that protect the roots against frost and give energy to the whole plant to spring back in the spring. These sugars are produced by chlorophyll, which is produced by the grass in abundance when there is enough nitrogen. Frith therefore recommends a slow release of the slow release granular fertilizer 24-0-10. The figures indicate the weight percent by weight of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, respectively. Potassium is also important because it helps root growth, disease protection, drought tolerance and cold resistance. (A soil test can tell you how much of your lawn really needs it.) However, be careful about spreading fertilizers near the waterways; they are vulnerable to contamination from the second stream. The Grass Doctor's company policy is to provide a 5-meter buffer wherever there is water.

6. Seed spread.

“A dense lawn also provides good protection against weeds, Fr says Frith. It is therefore important to inspect existing lawns. This not only fills fine stains or bare stains, but also allows you to get to know the last, durable, drought-resistant grass. The best time to fall is autumn, because the ground is still warm, the humidity is higher, the nights are cool and the sun is not that hot during the day. But even then, “over-seeding is one of the most challenging lawn care jobs, Fr says Frith. You cannot simply release the seeds on a lawn and wait for them to wait. They must be in full contact with the soil, remain moist until they germinate, and be sufficiently stable before very cold. Renting a split seeder is a better option than broadcasting, but these machines are notorious for tearing the lawn and making your lawn look like a rake. Frith says the Lawn Doctor's special Turf Tamer power seeder, which injects seeds into the soil, is a less damaging option.