Gardening enthusiasts may spend hours getting their hands dirty as they carefully plant, weed and nourish their crops, tend to the beds and secure the area from pests and predators. If gardening helps you unwind or get back to nature, don't stop right at your flowerbed. Create a path to your garden to get you excited about your hobby using garden stepping stones.
Even if your cat is indoor-only or you don't let your dog into your garden, you can have your furry friend with you by making paw print stepping stones created from either a paw print kit or made yourself with cement or concrete. To create the stone, coat one of your pet's paws with petroleum jelly (so the cement doesn't stick), gently hold it straight and press it onto the cement. For cats and small dogs, hold the pet in your lap with one arm and the cement kit in the other. For larger dogs, kneel by your pet's side, lift up the paw and slide the kit underneath. Make cement pressings of each paw to guide your way down the path. For extra personalisation, use a knife or twig to scratch your pet's name into the paw print. No-pet homes can also make stepping stones out of children's and grandchildren's palms.
If you enjoy gardening around the clock but can't rig up outdoor lighting, add solar-powered stepping stones. Solar stepping stones come in a variety of materials, designs and colours; they're all powered by a solar panel that soaks up the daily sun. To fully work, the stones need to be in direct sunlight for the better part of the day so that they can glow brightly into the night. Keep this in mind when placing your stones; any kind of tree covering, arbor or house eave could block the sun's path to the stones. Place your stones along your desired path and keep track of the sun's movement the first day; if you don't notice the stones getting a lot of sun, or if they don't glow as brightly that evening, just pick them up and try them on a new path.
Discover a new way to recycle when you create glass mosaic stepping stones. Save wine, beer and other glass bottles. Use a stepping stone prepackaged kit or gather cement and wood to shape the stone from a hardware store. Break the bottles into shards by placing them in a thick burlap bag and smashing the bag with a hammer; use oven gloves to extract the pieces. Separate out by colour and, after preparing the cement mix, press the glass into the wet stuff. Create patterns such as initials or letters, spell out a word such as "Flowers" over multiple stones, or press in designs such as smiley faces and peace signs. Add glass of all the same colour for a cohesive look or scatter multicoloured shards for a rainbow effect.
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