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How to Make Your Own Unique Stepping Stones
Before beginning mixing and choosing the mold you want to make, youíll want to decide what sort of stepping stone you want. This is of course dependant on your personal preferences in design and where you decide to put your stepping stones. Some people use them as a pathway leading up to their home while others use them as a border around their backyard. Whatever you choose, make sure it fits your needs and looks good in the area you put it in.
The materials you will need to make your own personal stepping stone are as follows:
- Concrete and water
- Bucket to mix concrete in
- Mold to pour concrete in
- Stone mold 2 inches thick
- Newspaper or plastic wrap
- Wooden spoon or tin foil
Step 1. Make sure the area you are working in is properly prepared for the work youíll be doing. Itís wise to lay down some newspaper or tin foil to protect your work area from mess. Make sure to do your work on a surface that the concrete will not stain.
Step 2. Pour the concrete mix and 2 cups of water into the bucket. If mix becomes too dry, add more water two teaspoons at a time. The mix should have the consistency of cake mix.
Step 3. Pour the stepping stone concrete mix into the unique mold youíve picked out. If the mix still seems to dry, continue adding water one teaspoon at a time. Make sure that the mix is level with the mold, patting down the outside of it with the spoon, making sure no air bubbles are trapped inside.
Step 4. Wait about 30 minutes before putting any personal decorations on your stepping stone mold. You have many different choices when decorating your stone. You can use shards of broken glass to line the stone or hand prints or custom designs you can draw with a pencil or some other object. Make sure when putting any objects in to press them down halfway into the mold. If you make a mistake when putting in your pieces of glass or marbles, you can smooth out the imperfections and lay them down again.
Step 5. Finally the mold must sit for at least 48 hours without being touched or disturbed. Moving them could result in breaking them so they must remain in safe environment.
Step 6. After waiting period is over, remove the finished dried stone from the mold as you would an ice tray, plying it out gently. It might also be a good idea to let the stone sit undisturbed for up to a week without use.
About the Author: Scott Byers is the owner of Stepping Stone Info, a complete stepping stone resource with articles on stepping stones and directions on how to make them.