Stepping stones define a walkway without the expense of a pouring a concrete path. While home-improvement stores carry a variety of round and square pavers and stones, homemade stepping stones add a unique charm. Save money and a memory when you make your own with recycled materials or household discards. Choose material that will not quickly deteriorate in rainy weather. Metal rusts and cardboard disintegrates. Rubber, concrete and glass retain their look and stability for years to come.
Purchase pavers or bricks made from recycled tires at your local home-improvement store. Arrange bricks into a cluster of two to six to create the desired stepping stone size. Press them close together or fill the gap with concrete to prevent the cracks from trapping high-heeled shoes.
Use broken concrete left over from demolition. Mention your interest to your home contractor or look in the "free" section classified ads for broken concrete. Select small- to medium-sized pieces and arrange them flat-side up in a jagged path, making them as level as possible on a path that has been dug out about 4 inches deep and tamped to make it level. Carry the salvaged industrial theme by allowing grass to grow between the makeshift stepping stones after filling between them with dirt.
Gather bits of broken glass or porcelain from the plate or mug you shattered on the kitchen floor. Save the lid from a small styrofoam cooler, use a restaurant takeout box or a tarnished baking pan as a form for your paving stones. Cut a piece of contact paper. Place the paper into the bottom of your container with the sticky side facing up. Arrange your stones, broken dish pieces and glass into a random pattern on the bottom of the container. Pour quick-drying concrete over the contents. Follow the drying directions. After the recommended drying time, tip the container over to remove the new stepping stone. Repeat as many times as needed. If the stepping stone does not easily dislodge, tear the package.
Things you need
- Rubber, concrete, porcelain pieces, stones or glass scraps
- Cement mix
- Retired baking pan