DIY Mosaic Stepping Stones Made with Flagstone

stepping stones

If you are intimidated by the thought of mixing your own concrete to make stepping stones – this is your kind of project! All you need is some grout and flagstone – even paving stones will do the trick.

If you are having a garden wedding with a small guest list, you could make these as DIY wedding favors for your guests. We added a cute tag that reads: Thanks for being with us every step of the way!

You will need:

  • flagstone
  • White grout
  • Glass stones
  • broken china and pottery
  • sea glass
  • stones/rocks
  • sponge
  • pail
  • putty knife
  • knife
  • rubber gloves
stepping stone

Gather your broken pieces of pottery, china (see here for instructions on how to break china for mosaics), glass stones, rocks and sea glass. Lay out your design on your piece of flagstone.

garden stone Put your rubber gloves on. Using your knife, smear grout on the back of one of the pieces and adhere piece to flagstone. Repeat until all pieces of your mosaic are adhered. Push each piece down so they are good and stuck to the stone. If excess grout squeezes out on the sides, don’t worry about it. Let dry for at least 24 hours.

diy garden stones

garden stone

Spread grout over your mosaic pattern until it is completely covered. (You should wear gloves!)

diy stepping stones

It’s kinda like icing a cake.

stepping stones

diy stepping stone

Scrape away excess grout with your putty knife. Then dampen your sponge (make sure you wring it out well!) and use the sponge to remove the remaining grout until your pretty design appears. You will have to rinse your sponge a few times in the process by dipping in a pail of water, and wringing it out. DO NOT PUT THE GROUT/WATER MIXTURE IN YOUR PAIL DOWN THE DRAIN!!!

diy stepping stone

diy stepping stone

We covered the sides of the flagstone with grout as well. Let dry overnight.

garden stones

Varnish if desired.

garden stone

That’s it! Add tag if giving as favors.

tag stepping stone

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  1. Posted by Donna on June 6th, 2012 at 8:21am

    I love the sweet sentiment tag attached. Thanks for sharing this project as I look forward to making some for my garden!
  2. Posted by Ivana Sedlacek on October 27th, 2012 at 3:02am

    This project looks great, and I will definitely try it. One thing puzzles me though. You say not to dump the water down the drain from the bucket that you dip your sponge into to clean the excess grout off. OK........ So what ARE you supposed to do with the water when you are done?
  3. Posted by Blai on October 27th, 2012 at 7:04am

    I really love the Antoni Gaudí's "Trencadís technique".
  4. Posted by Pat on April 18th, 2013 at 9:04am

    I re use pizza delivery boxes and 2 coat hangers. this is a good family gathering idea for young and old. Never varnished though...will try that as well
  5. Posted by Regina on May 25th, 2013 at 9:38am

    danke für die wunderbare Idee und die perfekte Anleitung
  6. Posted by lorena on June 28th, 2013 at 11:56pm
  7. Posted by Leonoura on July 4th, 2013 at 12:26pm

    This is amazing! I'm a student and I intend on decorating my house, recently. And this is a great idea~
  8. Posted by marie on July 15th, 2013 at 6:17am

    Thanks for sharing.
  9. Posted by abby on March 2nd, 2014 at 6:41pm

    this is question is, does this grout withstand outside weather?
  10. Posted by John Gill on July 19th, 2014 at 1:58pm

    Thank you for letting me see this, it has given me ideas to try something myself on other things. I was thinking of putting pebbles on a house shaped wooden box to make it look like a stone house. :0)
  11. Posted by Adrianne on November 7th, 2014 at 11:43pm

    I love your ideas for the stepping stones. I am going to give it a try. You explained yourself very well. It was easy to understand. Beautiful site. Thank you.
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