How to make concrete stepping stones?

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  1. margie12u

    margie12u In Flower

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    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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  2. Delly

    Delly In Flower

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    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! :stew1:
     
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    fish_4_all In Flower

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    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 New Seed

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    Ooh, I like this thread! Gives me some ideas! :)
     
  5. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    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.
     
  6. Lil Bug

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    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. :sete_011:
     
  7. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    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.

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    Sjoerd Strong Ash

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    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 New Seed

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

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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

    Canadian Chelsea In Flower

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



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

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  12. glendann

    glendann Official Garden Angel

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

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

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