Foot-shaped stepping stones add a bit of whimsy to the garden and are inexpensive to make. Finding the mould to make them in may require some detective work. Sleuth around the local home improvement and speciality stores, or do an Internet search--the moulds are available.
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Things you need
- Quick-setting concrete mix
- Hardware cloth
- Large plastic tub
- Large serving spoon
- Water measuring container
- Pea gravel
Cut the hardware cloth slightly smaller than the mould, using scissors, and set aside.
Mix cement according to package directions. For a rough texture on the stepping stone, add pea gravel as desired. If the weather is extremely cold, use hot water. In extremely hot weather use cold water, or add ice cubes to the mix. Mix the cement to a batter consistency.
Pour half of the mixture into the mould.
Place the hardware cloth that was set aside on top of the poured cement.
Pour the other half of cement in the mould. Gently tap the mould on a hard surface to remove any air bubbles that will compromise the strength of the stepping stone. Allow the stepping stone to dry for at least 48 hours before removing it from the mould.
Remove the stone from the mould. Place one hand on the open side, turn it over and the stepping stone should fall out of the mould automatically. If not, tap on the mould gently to release it.
Set the foot-shaped stepping stone in flush with the ground to avoid tripping.
Tips and warnings
- Mix only the amount of cement that can be used in 20 minutes.
- Take all the necessary precautions suggested by the mould manufacturer.
- Wear goggles and a surgical mask so as not to inhale powdered cement or cause eye irritation. Also wear rubber gloves.
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