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margie12u
Indiana
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Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 8:44 pm   Post subject: How to make concrete stepping stones?


Hi everyone, Would you all know how to make concrete round stepping stones or square Just something cheap to add a little something to my garden.I just wanted to make something myself,

Thank you Margie


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Delly

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Clintwood Virginia
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Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 9:06 pm   


I made some stepping stones for my garden using those (cheap) plastic water savers for pots...I found the size I wanted, mixed some concrete, poured them, then I added some broken pottery and some pebbles on the top...when it dried I just dumped them over and voila!
It did not cost too much and you could use anything like old cake pans or anything similar! Stew Face 1

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fish_4_all
Zone 8-9 Washington
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Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 10:21 pm   


Frisbees work great, so do those cheap plastic planter trays from Walmart of Home depot. Add stones, broken terra cotta or whatever and pour away. Marbles are a great addition.

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lavenderfan
canada
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Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:43 pm   


Ooh, I like this thread! Gives me some ideas! Smile

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eileen


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Scotland
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Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:14 pm   


You could also add large, different coloured, glass 'pebbles' to the bottom of the container. They would look lovely when turned out and be a nice talking point.

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Lil Bug

Houston
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Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:41 pm   Post subject: Stepping on in


Hi Margie,
I'm just getting ready to try that myself.We have old styrofoam forms of various sizes. I'll fill with quikrete or the like , dry ,then invert,I'll be working on the bottom . Then we also have tons of old tile and marble samples.I'll break and cut them up add another layer of the setting medium ,set out a sort of mosaic.I'll send a few pictures when done.I plan to put them around my fishpond.

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Jewell


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Puget Sound Region of the Pacific NW (Washington State, US)
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Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:59 pm   


I made a collection of decorative pavers about ten years ago. They aren't fancy, but they add a bit of surprise and whimsy to the garden walk ways.

I just used concrete pavers and bricks placed to make the form and some regular cement mix you buy in the bag. The trick was to put my broken glass pieces, or what ever you use onto sticky contact paper to hold them in place. That way you can place them into the freshly mixed cement from the top. Gently and quickly push them into the fresh mix and the moisture will help the pieces let-go from the contact paper. It was the easiest way to get the effect I wanted. Just another way of doing it.


stepping stone newt ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


stepping stone ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


stepping stone ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

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Sjoerd

West - Friesland
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Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:16 am   


Those are quite nice, Jewell. I think that you did a very good job with them. You show a real talent in making those.
Well done, you!

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lavenderfan
canada
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Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:29 pm   


So, I made a couple yesterday using tin foil baking pans. How long does it usually take for the concrete to dry?

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cherylad


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S. Liberty County - Texas (8B)
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Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:54 pm   


Oh ohhh... I think I just got a new project for winter!
Jewell... your stepping stones are marvelous!

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Canadian Chelsea
Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:03 pm   


You could use different leaves like rhubarb or hosta from your gardens to make stepping stones.




( photo / image / picture from Canadian Chelsea's Garden )




And, you can use rhubarb leaves to make bird baths:


Rhubarb leaf bird bath ( photo / image / picture from Canadian Chelsea's Garden )

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glendann

Texas
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Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:17 pm   


We have some very talented people on here .Jewell yours are fantastic.Chelsea yours are amazing.
I just love both of ya'lls

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Delly

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Clintwood Virginia
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Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:45 pm   


Ok now I know what I will be doing during the winter "weeks" here in Texas! They are wonderful!

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glendann

Texas
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Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:59 pm   


Delly you live so near me but you don't get as cold as we do .Your plants must be wonderful.I hope you take photos and post them as you get your stepping stones done.

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TheBip

Indianapolis, IN
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Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:23 pm   


Jewell, I love that lizard stone, and Chelsea, I love your leaf stones!

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