Hopscotch Stepping Stones

Hopscotch Garden Stepping Stones

These hopscotch garden stepping stones aren’t the traditional children’s hopping game, nor are they typical for a garden pathway. I created these as part of the play garden design I have been developing since my son was born. Hopscotch in the garden with DIY concrete stepping stones

The idea behind the play garden is to create a space that is engaging for children while being aesthetically pleasing for grown-ups. I will be writing about the play garden elements over the year (perhaps years!) as the garden develops. In the meantime, I plan to show off the pieces that I’m working on along the way, starting with the hopscotch stepping stones.Hopscotch stepping stones

To make numbered stepping stones is fairly simple and can be done in one afternoon.

Turn the garden into a gorgeous play space with hopscotch stepping stones

Materials

(Makes 10 stepping stones 1-9 and a dragonfly)

  • 12” diameter concrete building tube
  • Handheld circular saw or hand saw
  • Painters tape
  • Large sheet of paper as a guide
  • Box cutter
  • Tape measure
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Wheelbarrow or large bucket
  • 2 bags of standard concrete mix
  • 1 bags of sand/topping concrete mix or repair concrete
  • Shovel and trowel
  • House numbers 1-9 (optional)
  • Pebbles or small stones
  • Safety gear – safety glasses, rubber gloves, ear protection

Make it!

First of all let’s talk safety. Concrete is toxic to skin and can be corrosive. No matter how ‘tough’ you are, just protect your hands with gloves. I know they aren’t fun to work with, but stay healthy, folks. Also, please use safety gear to protect your eyes and ears when using power tools. You only get four of them!

The concrete tube is a great invention. I have seen this used as a stepping stone mold on Pinterest but no matter how many times I looked for it, I couldn’t find instructions on how to cut, even, level rings for the mold. Huh. This is actually the hardest part because it requires some tools and precision. Luckily my brilliant other half can make quick work of these complex problems and he figured out a super smart way to get some rings.Concrete Stepping Stones How to Cut Cement Forms

Cut the concrete form into 10 two-inch thick molds by using and hand saw or a handheld circular saw. Use a sheet of paper wrapped around the tube as a guide and carefully cut the first ring off the tube. Cut it open by using a box cutter to slice through the ring’s width. Place the cut ring on the tube to use as a guide for all the remaining cuts. Tape the ring together and place it a fraction more than two-inches from the end if you are using a hand saw, or place it where the guide runs if you are using a handheld circular saw.How to make concrete stepping stones for the garden with numbers set in rocks (2)

Now plan for how to make the numbers. There are a few ways of doing this:

  1. Lay out the stones first so you can simply transfer them to the concrete when ready, or
  2. Get a bunch of house numbers to use as a guide. You will make an imprint of the house number and use that to set the stones in place.

Set the rings on a plastic drop cloth and mix the standard concrete according to the instructions on the package. Fill each of the molds ¾-full of concrete and use the trowel to smooth it out. Take care to remove any air bubbles. This base layer gives the stepping stones strength.How to make concrete stepping stones for the garden with numbers set in rocks (6)

Mix the topping or repair concrete and add it to the top of each stepping stone. This layer gives the stepping stones a smooth, refined top.

Working quickly before the concrete hardens, it’s time to add the stones. If you have 2 people working together, one can be pouring concrete and smoothing while the other sets the stones in. We used house numbers as a guide, but you can freehand it, or use a foam number, or even just draw an outline with a stick. Once you have your method, start adding stones one by one, fitting them like a puzzle until you get your 1-9 completed.How to make concrete stepping stones for the garden with numbers set in rocks (5)

Gently push a bit of concrete around the stones with your fingertips just to set them in place. If any do fall out, you can always glue them back in. I’m happy to report that not one of our stones fell out! That surprised me, in a very good way.How to make concrete stepping stones for the garden with numbers set in rocks (1)

Cover the stepping stones with a plastic drop cloth and let dry for 24 hours. The next day remove mold and set them in an airy place for a week to cure before moving them to the garden or lawn.You can have a gorgeous garden and kids too! Hopscotch Stepping Stones project

I set the hopscotch stepping stones through the garden surrounded by woolly thyme. As you can see, it still has to grow in. I used 56 plants so it should be a fuzzy, fragrant carpet surrounding the hopscotch in no time!

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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. Jason Roland
    Jason RolandJune 27,15

    We work with concrete all day long, but it is never a cool as this. What a great summer project idea for the kids. Love it!

  2. Nancy
    NancyFebruary 16,16

    What a sweet idea! Kids will love it and I will too! Thanks!

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