Stepping stones in a lawn are a tasteful touch to any yard. If you have been wanting stepping stones, now you can make them yourself for a lot less than the store-bought ones.
With this technique you can customise your stepping stones to reflect your surroundings and personality.
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Things you need
- Stepping stone mould
- Various shapes of small beads
- Portland cement
- Masonry sand
- 2 large plastic buckets for mixing
- Liquid bonding additive
- Propylene fibres
- Vegetable oil
Purchase a desired mould from your local nursery or online. Have your beads laid out next to your work area in the design you want and make sure all materials are ready to go as you will be working quite quickly. Spray or wipe the inside of the mould with a thin covering of vegetable oil. This will help prevent the concrete from sticking to the sides of the mould.
Pour the dry Portland cement into a large plastic bucket. Measure 3 cups of cement into the bucket. Add 3 cups of masonry sand. Add 1/4 cup of propylene fibres. Mix this well.
In the second bucket add 1 cup bonding additive and 1 cup water. Mix well. Add to dry materials and mix well and quickly. The texture of the concrete should be thick-like putty. If it is too runny, add a little dry cement at a time until it reaches the correct consistency.
Immediately pour the mixture into the mould. Spread evenly and quickly place the beads in the correct position for your design. Press the beads slightly into the concrete mixture making sure the top of the bead is still showing through.
Do not move the stepping stone until it is completely dry. It could possibly take two days for a complete cure depending on the humidity levels in your area. Once completely dry, gently turn the stepping stone over and tap with a rubber mallet all the way around the edges and centre of the stepping stone. Be careful to not crack it. Remove the mould and turn the stepping stone over and you now have a completed stepping stone to place anywhere you desire.
Tips and warnings
- Add 1 cup paint to your liquid mixture if you would like a coloured stepping stone.
- Use different designs and beads or glass pieces for different ideas.
- Always wear latex gloves when working with cement.
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