Hosta Leaf Concrete Stepping Stone DIY Via Garden Therapy Garden

Using Large Leaves to Cast Concrete Stepping Stones

Using large leaves from your garden to cast concrete is a fun and simple project that will inexpensively create lots of stepping stones.  Imagine all the secret pathways you could create!

Hosta Leaf Concrete Stepping Stone DIY

I tried this project the first time when making stepping stones and concrete planters from Concrete Garden Projects.  At the end of my project I had some left over concrete so I plucked a leaf of this gorgeous blue Hosta and loved the result.

blue big leaf hosta

The Hosta is back in full glory and the lone stepping stone surely need a few companions.  I’m really happy with how they turned out.

 Garden Stepping Stones Molded from Hosta Leaf

Materials:

  • dry concrete
  • wheelbarrow or large bucket
  • water source (hose, watering can)
  • tarp
  • vegetable oil or cooking spray
  • large leaves (hosta, rhubarb, gunnera, etc)
  • rubber gloves

Directions: 

1. Begin by gathering large leaves from around the garden.  Choose firm leaves without tears or holes.

2. Protect hands with rubber gloves and mix concrete according to instructions.  Choose a lightweight concrete mix (less gravel) for a smoother finished product; choose a heavier-weight concrete mix (more gravel) if the stones will be in high traffic areas. Consistency should be on the drier, firmer side.  Add more dry mix if it is too runny.

3. Working on the tarp or some plastic bags, spray the front of the leaf thoroughly with cooking spray or brush with oil.

How to Make a Large Leaf Imprint Garden Stepping Stone

4. Mound concrete onto the leaf and pat it all around to compress the concrete and remove air bubbles.

5. Allow to dry/cure according to concrete instructions.

6. When completely hardened, peel off the leaf and use a chisel / hammer to remove any wonky bits from the edges.

 Garden Path Stepping Stones made from Large Hosta Leaf

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

  1. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living
    Jennifer @ Town and Country LivingJune 2,12

    This is so cool! What a great idea. I’ve got some big hostas that would work great for this.

  2. Lydia Plunk
    Lydia PlunkJune 3,12

    Very cool! Wish I had leaves that big without snail holes!

  3. Kelly @ JAX does design
    Kelly @ JAX does designJune 20,13

    Ooooh, I love your leaf stepping stones! I have some hostas with huge leaves – they’re perfect for this project :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Lynn Coulter
    Lynn CoulterJuly 2,14

    What a great idea! We like it so much, we’re pinning it on The Home Depot Garden Club Pinterest board. Thanks, Stephanie! Lynn 4 THD

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