Cement paving stones can serve purely utilitarian functions such as creating a walkway through a garden, marking a path across a lawn or supporting a heavy container of flowers. They can also be decorative additions to your lawn or garden. Embellish homemade paving stones before the cement dries by adding objects, drawing pictures or using stencils or cookie cutters to add images. Making decorative paving stones is a great project for kids and adults to do together.
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Things you need
- Old or disposable aluminium 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans
- Shallow cement moulds (optional)
- Cement mix
- 10-gallon bucket or wheelbarrow
- Old soup ladle or child's sand pail
- Spray cooking oil
- Cement trowel
- Wood scraps
- Embellishments such as marbles, glass beads, fish tank gravels, mosaic tile (optional)
- Marking aids such as cookie cutters, craft sticks, stencils (optional)
- Concrete sealant
Mix a batch of cement following the manufacturer's directions in the bucket or wheelbarrow, depending on how much you will need. Gauge how much cement you can pour in 15 minutes or how much your moulds will hold and mix the batch accordingly. Use one of the wood scraps to stir the cement and water.
Coat the cake pans or other moulds with spray cooking oil.
Fill the cake pans or other moulds to the top or to a depth of 1 1/2 inches, whichever is greater, with cement. If you mixed the cement in a bucket, you can pour it directly into the moulds. If you mixed it in a wheelbarrow, use an old soup ladle or a child's sand pail to transfer the cement to the moulds.
Tap the mould on the ground to remove air bubbles.
Draw a piece of scrap lumber across the top of the wet cement to level it.
Wait as the cement begins to set. Watch for it to achieve the consistency of brownie batter.
Decorate the top of the paving stone with embellishments, shapes made with cookie cutters or drawings made with craft sticks.
Wait for the paving stones to dry, consulting the manufacturer's instructions for timing.
Flip the moulds over and tap the paving stones out of the moulds, or cut off the disposable aluminium cake pans.
Spray the paving stones with two coats of sealant when they are completely cured. Consult the cement manufacturer's instructions for the timing of the curing process.
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