6 Ways To Make DIY Concrete Stepping Stones At Home

Forge Your Own Path: 6 Ways to Make DIY Concrete Stepping Stones

Making your own concrete stepping stones is a way to create functional art for the floor of your garden. Stepping stones are necessary for being able to move throughout the garden without disrupting the soil but they also create focal points and structure, and add a little bit of personality! Learn how to use concrete to make six different kinds of DIY concrete stepping stones for your garden pathways.6 ways to make DIY concrete stepping stones at home

 

Choosing Concrete

Not all concrete is created equal some concrete has large chunks of gravel to give it extra strength when creating large slabs, frames, or sidewalks. Unless your pavers are meant to be quite large, it’s best to choose a finer concrete mix that doesn’t contain the large gravel pieces, usually sold as repair concrete. This finer texture concrete will give you a smooth look and takes decorative imprints much better.

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How to Mix Concrete

When you purchase dry concrete it will have instructions for making it on the package. You can find ready-made concrete in home improvement stores in smaller batches. Ready-made concrete is good for repair jobs or doing just a few stepping stones but it’s much more expensive. If you want to make a larger number of concrete projects then mixing your own is the way to go. You don’t have to use the whole bag at once. You can mix up as much concrete as you need for your project and store the rest in a dry area indefinitely.

Materials

Get started by collecting your materials. You’ll want to use a large bucket or a wheelbarrow to mix your concrete in. A trowel makes a good mixing tool but you can also get a special concrete mixer. The items you choose to use when making concrete will take a lot of wear and tear and may never be completely clean of the concrete residue, so choose items that you don’t mind getting dirty. Also, keep in mind that concrete is corrosive and so it’s best to use proper safety protection when mixing. Safety goggles will protect your eyes from splashes, gloves will protect the skin on your hands, and a dust mask will protect your lungs. Safety first!

To mix your own concrete, measure out some of the dry powder in your bucket or wheelbarrow. Add water as per the instructions on the bag of concrete. I like to add a little less than the instructions suggest then mix the concrete and adjust the consistency by adding more water for a looser mix, and more concrete powder for a dryer mix.

If you are pouring concrete into molds the mix should be looser so that it pours and settles into the form. In most stepping stone projects, however, you’ll want the concrete mix to be the consistency of wet sand. It should hold together in your hands well but not crumble or spill.

DIY Concrete Stepping Stones

Now on to the projects! Follow the links for detailed instruction how to make each type of stepping stone.

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1. Round Stone Mosaic Stepping Stones

These round stones can be made with any mosaic pattern you can think of. I made them with numbers to become a hopscotch path in my backyard play garden. See How to Make Hopscotch Stepping Stones.

IY Leaf Impring Stepping Stones simply and inexpensively from GardenTherapy.ca

2. Square Leaf Print Stepping Stones

These stones can be made from the contents of your recycling bin! Choose plastic tubs or even pizza boxes and make square stones following these instructions: How to Make Leaf Imprint Stepping Stones.

How to Make Round Leaf Print Stepping Stones

3. Round Leaf Print Stepping Stones

Follow the instructions for making the Hopscotch Stepping Stones but use the Leaf-Imprint Stepping Stones to decorate them.

Monogrammed Stepping Stones from Concrete

4. Monogrammed Stepping Stones

My crafty friend, Kimberly, came up with the idea to make these Monogrammed Stepping Stones when we were crafting together one day. Simply get a foam letter and oil it well. Press into the form and voila!

Enjoy every step concrete stepping stone mold

5. Store-Bought Stepping Stone Molds

Here is a collection of the many Creative Molds for Personalized Pathways that I wrote about for my eBay Blog. There were plenty to choose from over there (and some very interesting ones too!).

If you have something specific in mind, you can probably find a concrete mold that is pre-made and ready for concrete. From sand dollars to butterflies to Celtic designs and even a giant paw print, there is sure to be one to fit your garden. Just remember, that you can only make one at a time with each mold. If you are making only one stepping stone this is a quick and easy way to go. If you plan to make a pathway, it could be a more expensive or lengthy task.

 

Casting a Large Hosta Leaf as a Stepping Stone

6. Large Leaf Cast Stepping Stones

Forget the form, you can just pick a big leaf from your garden and mound concrete on it! Ok, there is more to it than that. Read all about How to Cast Large Leaves as Stepping Stones.

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6 ways to make DIY concrete stepping stones

More Stepping Stones Shown Step-by-Step:

You might also like this eBay guide that I wrote on making concrete stepping stones with leaf imprints using a few of the methods described above. There are so many ways to make these! Have a look through the step-by-step photos and is this is the method that is right for you!

Outdoor DIY: How to Make Concrete Stepping Stones

How to Make DIY concrete stepping stones with leaf prints

 

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Victorya
    VictoryaApril 27,16

    Thank you, wonderful idei. Sincerely, Victorya

  2. Matt
    MattApril 29,16

    These are cool! We like to wrap the stepping stones in some clients yards in turf, if you cut it right it looks amazing.

  3. Javi
    JaviMay 2,16

    I love the concrete stepping stones with the numbers! That is a brilliant idea!
    Maybe, something I can do with the kids over the weekend.
    Awesome!
    Javi

  4. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood
    Morgan @ Morgan Manages MommyhoodMay 3,16

    LOVE these! I love the numbers ones for playing outside with littles!

  5. Megan Chamberlin
    Megan ChamberlinMay 8,16

    So many fun ways you can create personalized stones! Lots of great ideas here, thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

  6. Jenny @ Refresh Living
    Jenny @ Refresh LivingMay 9,16

    What a great post! I’ve been wanting to make concrete stepping stones for awhile, but still haven’t gotten around to it. This was really helpful!

  7. Lori
    LoriJuly 24,16

    This is super! Great idea! You have some awesome projects here, I’m sure my readers would love! Would you consider sharing at our weekly link party, Dishing It & Digging It? We’d love to have you! It’s live Sundays @4pm.

    http://www.thestonybrookhouse.com/2016/07/dishing-it-digging-it-link-party.html

  8. Valerie
    ValerieJuly 25,16

    Love this! My husband and I currently working on a patio project and we’ve been trying to figure out what kind of path to make from our family room to the patio. This is a wonderful idea

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJuly 25,16

      Now you have a bunch of new ideas! Which one will you choose? :0)

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