Homemade stepping stones can create a charming pathway through your yard or garden. Besides adding beauty to your landscaping, they can give you and your visitors a place to walk to stay out of the dirt and mulch. Of course you can buy stepping stones at a local garden centre. Better yet, you can make your own personalised stones.
Cover a flat, hard workspace with several layers of newspaper. Your work area should be large enough to accommodate all the trays and containers you're going to use. Set the trays and containers out on the workspace. Allow a little space between each one.
Put the rubber gloves on for protection. Mix up some cement in the gallon bucket to make outdoor stepping stones. You'll need to add enough water to make a thick paste. Refer to the instructions on the cement bag for the proper mixing ratios. Mix and stir the cement until it's smooth with a trowel.
Fill each tray and container with cement. Pack the cement in firmly and level off the top. Pick each one up and raise it approximately an inch off the workspace. Drop it to release air bubbles. Set a kitchen timer for 10 minutes.
Use a stick to design each outdoor stepping stone after the time is up. Push beads, buttons, marbles and other small items into the tops to decorate and personalise each stone, according to Education.
Allow each tray and container of cement to dry for at least an hour. Remove each stone from its mould by picking each one up and sliding it out. Lay them out and allow them to thoroughly dry for two or three more days before you use them.