How to Make Stepping Stones – with a Cake Pan

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You don’t need a fancy schmancy mold to make garden stepping stones; all you need is a non-stick cake pan! And you won’t even ruin the pan!

I stumbled on a new – and EASIER way to make mosaic stepping stones; it’s called the indirect method and it involves contact paper. I think these would make awesome favors or gifts for a garden wedding. Just get your maids together on a Saturday afternoon and have a stepping stone party. They’re inexpensive to make – and they don’t require much skill.

You will need:

  • Round non-stick cake pan (You could also use a heart-shaped pan)
  • Vaseline
  • Contact paper
  • Old plates or saucers that you don’t need (I got mine at the thrift store)
  • Glass gems
  • sea glass (optional)
  • concrete
  • marine varnish
  • Mosaic Glass Cutter (Optional. I did not use of of these, but if you want more precise cuts, this is the way to go.)
  • chicken wire or other type of wire mesh
  • safety glasses
  • rubber gloves
  • dust mask
  • hammer
  • bucket
  • trowel
  • water

Put your safety glasses on. Place a plate or saucer inside a cloth bag or cover with an old sheet or towel, and smash it with a hammer. If you have a mosaic glass cutter, use it instead.

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  garden stone

Repeat until you have all the pieces you need. You’ll probably want a variety of sizes, as shown here.

garden stone

Place your cake pan on your contact paper, and trace around it.

stepping stone

Cut out the contact paper circle. Remove backing and place inside pan sticky side up. Add your mosaic pieces to the contact paper with the desired design facing down. Press each piece down so it is firmly stuck to the contact paper. Leave enough space between the pieces so that the cement can fill the spaces in between – but don’t leave too much room. (When I make my next stepping stone, I will move the pieces a bit closer together.)

garden stone

Carefully lift the piece of contact paper and view your design. (This is the back of my design.)

garden stone

If you are happy with your design, place the design back into the pan with the sticky side up. Head outdoors, put on your dust mask and mix up your concrete according to the instructions on the bag. It will be the consistency of porridge when it’s ready.

concrete for stepping stones

stone stone

Meantime, cut a square piece of chicken wire or wire mesh to fit inside the stepping stone. This will help to support it. Also, line the inside rim of your cake pan with Vaseline for easy releasing.

chicken wire

Don your rubber gloves and spoon some concrete into your cake pan.

stepping stone

Spread so it evenly covers your design, about an inch thick.

stepping stone

Place your piece of wire mesh onto the wet concrete.

chicken wire hand

Spread another one inch layer of concrete over the wire.

diy garden stone

Let sit for two days. (I set mine in the shed.) When it’s ready, turn it over and tap on the back of the cake pan. It should release easily. Slowly remove contact paper.

concrete stone

If there are holes,  you can fill them with cement. You can use sand paper to smooth grooves in the cement. I took a wet sponge and cleaned the entire area after removing the contact paper, then I varnished it with marine varnish.

garden stone

That’s it! Enjoy your handmade stepping stone! Want more? Check out this DIY garden stone made from flagstone.

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  1. Posted by dawn on June 2nd, 2012 at 4:42pm

    awesome idea :)
  2. Posted by Holly on June 2nd, 2012 at 6:02pm

    I am so excited that I found this! About a year ago I broke one of my Grandma's old dishes that were handed down to me and held onto it until I could figure out something crafty to do with it. Thanks for the great tutorial!
  3. Posted by Lorie on June 3rd, 2012 at 5:05pm

    So cool and easy! I used to do mosaics (on birdhouses and other things) but stopped. I have a ton of cut up dishes and marbes etc in my store room. I just happen to be starting my garden up again and this is perfect motivation!
  4. Posted by Sandy on June 4th, 2012 at 9:41am

    I wonder if you could do this with a photo and the coat with a clear coat for outdoors.
  5. Posted by Rio on June 4th, 2012 at 10:29am

    @sandy: using Modge podge, a cheap plain tile from lowes, and some clear coat you can make "coasters" out of the tiles with scrapbook paper or pictures etc. If anything you could set one of these tiles with a pics down into a stepping stone!
  6. Posted by Christina on June 4th, 2012 at 12:11pm

    Neat idea Rio! But I wonder if it would get ruined by the elements. You'd probably have to keep it in a fairly protected area.
  7. Posted by Darlene on June 5th, 2012 at 10:21am

    Love the tip about the contact paper. I did a project similar to this last year, but did not use contact paper and my pieces shifted around and got buried. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
  8. Posted by m on June 5th, 2012 at 3:57pm

    Lovely idea.....loos soo great
    What cement did you use ? n where to get it ? would the cement at home depot be good ?
    Thank you
  9. Posted by Karen Ryan on June 5th, 2012 at 11:28pm

    I showed this to my hubby and he suggested putting a bead of caulk around the inside corners to smooth the edges.
  10. Posted by Christina on June 6th, 2012 at 8:54am

    That sounds like a good idea Karen. Let me know if you try it!
  11. Posted by Sonja on June 6th, 2012 at 12:15pm

    Adding this to my summer list of things to do with my 5 year old twin nieces. They look fun and easy!
  12. Posted by Christina on June 6th, 2012 at 5:38pm

    Have fun with it Sonja!
  13. Posted by Andrea on June 7th, 2012 at 11:57am

    Did it damage your cake pan at all?
  14. Posted by Charlotte on June 7th, 2012 at 1:54pm

    Great idea but that isn't chicken wire. That's hardware cloth. Chicken wire is much thinner, less sturdy, and has a hexagonal design in between twisted sections of wire.
  15. Posted by Deb on June 7th, 2012 at 4:57pm

    Christina - your directions are clear and your stone looks so nice. Have you ever made bigger mosaics, say an in-place focal point mosaic? Thanks for sharing.
  16. Posted by Christina on June 7th, 2012 at 10:24pm

    Thanks for the clarification WindLegends.
  17. Posted by kimmeh on June 8th, 2012 at 9:47am

    This is beautiful. How does the surface turn out? Im worried about the Sharp edges of the glass.
  18. Posted by Jess Cox on June 12th, 2012 at 8:47am

    We made ours this way, and they did not turn out very well. The tops are mostly covered where the cement seeped around our glass. I've been trying to chip away the concrete to see the design, but I think it may be too late. For the next batch, I think we will try to lay our design on the top. It was pretty disappointing....
  19. Posted by Christina on June 12th, 2012 at 10:27am

    Sorry to hear that Jess. Did you press the pieces down on the contact paper so they were good and stuck? Maybe it depends on the type of contact paper you use.
  20. Posted by Jess Cox on June 12th, 2012 at 11:21am

    I think our problem was that we only used the flat glass marbles. Because they are rounded, there was not enough coverage with the contact paper. It was enough to keep our design from shifting, but not enough to keep it from getting buried in the cement. The next batch we are going to try just placing our design on the contact paper, then placing it on the top of the cement . That way we can see how deep they are sinking in and be faster and less messy than placing each marble individually. (I hope that makes sense!) We'll see how it goes!
  21. Posted by Christina on June 12th, 2012 at 2:19pm

    Jess, good to know. It's probably best to mix it up and use plenty of flat pieces from broken dinnerware and sea glass.
  22. Posted by Diana T on June 12th, 2012 at 3:32pm

    Why did you put the wire down, I don't get that part?
  23. Posted by Christina on June 12th, 2012 at 9:30pm

    Diane, it adds strength to the stepping stone. You could probably get away with not using it. It's a pretty easy step though.. so I think it's worth adding that extra bit of strength.
  24. Posted by Lorie on June 13th, 2012 at 5:35pm

    Good idea Jess. I came back to suggest just imbedding them. But I like combining that with the contact paper like you said. I'm going to make different sizes with each a color of the rainbow for a colorful walkway to my veggie garden :)
  25. Posted by Lorie on June 13th, 2012 at 5:49pm

    I forgot to say I'm going to use plastic drip trays from the garden dept for the different sizes. I hope that works!
  26. Posted by susan on June 14th, 2012 at 2:31pm

    I want to make this for dad for Father's Day. He loves motorcycles, do you think it would work if I put a hot wheel in it? Need advice asap!! Thank you.
  27. Posted by Christina on June 14th, 2012 at 2:33pm

    Not unless it's flat Susan. Whatever doesn't adhere to the contact paper will be covered by the concrete.
  28. Posted by susan on June 14th, 2012 at 2:59pm

    Thank you. If I can't find clear contact paper would any type work?
  29. Posted by Christina on June 14th, 2012 at 3:01pm

    Susan, it would work, but you won't be able to preview your design beforehand.
  30. Posted by susan on June 14th, 2012 at 3:10pm

    Christina, thank you for responding so quickly. Would sea shells work? Hope I won't have to bug you again.
  31. Posted by Christina on June 14th, 2012 at 3:46pm

    Flat sea shells might work. I haven't tried them though.
  32. Posted by Carol on June 16th, 2012 at 4:45pm

    Can you add paint to the cement mixture?
  33. Posted by Christina on June 17th, 2012 at 10:23pm

    I'm sure you could Carol.
  34. Posted by Pam on June 25th, 2012 at 6:01pm

    We did this at a family reunion, and got stained glass pieces from a shop, they usually sell there smaller ones by the pound. Then we took a wire brush to the top. They turned out great and everyone had fun..
  35. Posted by Christina on June 25th, 2012 at 10:28pm

    Great tip on the leftover stained glass pieces Pam!
  36. Posted by Laurel on June 26th, 2012 at 7:17am

    I am so in love with this! ive been looking for some cheaper options for outdoor decor, and this is definitely going to be my solution. i can make as many stones as i like :]
  37. Posted by Suzanne Carter on July 7th, 2012 at 2:17pm

    Try to use already broken plates and found rankles me a bit to smash up good plates!
  38. Posted by Wild @ Art on July 9th, 2012 at 11:05pm

    Try using a layer of contact paper first, then a 1/2 inch layer of clay, then another layer of contact paper. Press the tesserae firmly and the clay should help it hold the shape quite well. You still have the contact paper for easy removal both from the pan and from the finished piece.
  39. Posted by MARIA LAURA GEREZ on July 13th, 2012 at 10:22am

    que hermosa idea!!! gracias por compartirla
  40. Posted by Laurie on July 21st, 2012 at 12:16am

    We are re-doing our pool. New tile and plaster. I've collected the old tile and wasn't sure what to do with it! It's flat and would be perfect for this stepping stone! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to try this!!
  41. Posted by Becci on July 24th, 2012 at 4:48pm

    I'm thinking of doing this with soda/beer bottle caps!
  42. Posted by Tracey Brossart on July 26th, 2012 at 5:07am

    Wow beautiful! Thanks so much for the tut, I will definitely have to try and make some! :)

    xx Tracey xx
  43. Posted by Dianne on July 26th, 2012 at 2:16pm

    I love this idea. I've used the plastic flower pot saucers for the mold. I spray Pam or WD40 to coat it. They need to be2 inches thick to keep from cracking. Shells didn't hold up. It's a great use of broken glass pieces- I've even uses mirrors.
  44. Posted by Karen on September 20th, 2012 at 1:45am

    Now I know what to do with my tons of sea glass! I wanted to make a mosaic, or fifty, but didn't want to start with a huge project. Maybe I'll try the kids' play kitchenware pie plate first! I'm looking forward to more crafts like this. Maybe to make and sell or sell the sea glass! Thank you!
  45. Posted by Blai on October 27th, 2012 at 7:03am

    I really love the Antoni Gaudí's "Trencadís technique".
  46. Posted by Lawana on November 26th, 2012 at 9:30am

    I did the same type of thing. I used one of those square garden stones. I glued stained glass pieces to the stone with cement glue. I got the pieces cheap at the stained glass store because they were scraps. After letting them dry I used grout and treated it like you would for finishing tile. I also smoothed the edges of the glass pieces with an old knife sharpener I had so they wouldn't cut a bare foot if stepped on. These are quite lovely and make great gifts without costing a fortune.

    I've also used those colorful floral stones and made designs like a butterfly or heart with them. They are pretty too and you don't have to file the edges.
  47. Posted by Lise on January 8th, 2013 at 5:34pm

    At Diana T. and Christina, I believe adding the wire is really necessary and shouldn't be optional. A few years ago, I purchased some stepping stones at a garden shop, and apparently they missed the wire step. They were round about the size shown in this project. Since they were called stepping stones, I assumed they could be stepped on. Within a few short weeks, the stones cracked completely in half and were obviously missing any wire inside. Thankfully I hadn't spent a lot of money on them.
  48. Posted by Wabisabe Housewife on January 19th, 2013 at 2:00pm

  49. Posted by Deb on February 16th, 2013 at 2:36pm

    My granddaughter and I made a stepping stone with sea glass and stones we had found, arranged them on top and imprinted her hand with name and date. Set it out every summer in my garden to enjoy and she can compare her hand size.
  50. Posted by Christina on February 16th, 2013 at 5:35pm

    How sweet, Deb!
  51. Posted by pearl2006 on February 16th, 2013 at 11:46pm

    I love this idea. When we take a trip to visit my grandmother again I think this would be a great craft for the kids to do with her. Then she would have some great stepping stones made with love for her to look at every day. Those kind of things mean more to her then just store bought stuff.
  52. Posted by ronald coleman on February 23rd, 2013 at 8:33am

    I have made many of these using throw away alum.pie tins and they work well .you can make many at one time and let sit for two days ,when they are ready you can complete a pathway in one afternoon . i do 12 at a time because pie tins are sold in threes so i buy four packs at a time.
  53. Posted by Christina on February 23rd, 2013 at 1:14pm

    Thanks for the tip ronald!
  54. Posted by Yolanda Crisostomo on March 10th, 2013 at 2:44am

    Thank you! this is brilliant! I have lots of seaglass that I can't use for jewelry, this is another good option. ~Yolanda~
  55. Posted by Bonnie Stalbaum on March 16th, 2013 at 11:35am

    you didn't mention what you needed the vaseline for I am assuming to coat the cake pan with but it isn't mentioned other than it is an item needed.
  56. Posted by yolanda on April 22nd, 2013 at 8:29am

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thanks for sharing.
  57. Posted by Thesa8452 on April 22nd, 2013 at 12:21pm

    God works in mysterious ways. I am so thankful that I truly stumbled onto this site!

    Last year my son passed-on. I am shattered, still. I've been praying for a project like this to help me go on and so my prayer was answered.

    That, for me, is a miracle. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
  58. Posted by Lisa on April 22nd, 2013 at 2:11pm

    Why couldn't you just pour the concrete in the pan and add decorations to the top before it drys?
  59. Posted by Marty on April 29th, 2013 at 4:05pm

    Love this ideal!
  60. Posted by Judi Neville on May 7th, 2013 at 10:14pm

    How can I save this and print it so I can have it when I'm ready to try it?
  61. Posted by paulina on May 14th, 2013 at 4:34am

    Well done great craft lesson
    Will pass it on to my crafty friends
  62. Posted by jasminka on June 4th, 2013 at 3:58pm

    oduševljena sam,i sama ?u probati napraviti!
  63. Posted by Marsha Ison on June 5th, 2013 at 6:38pm

    You can add color to your cement as part of the liquid you add to the cement mix and make your stepping stone even prettier!
  64. Posted by Christina on June 5th, 2013 at 8:28pm

    Thanks for the tip Marsha!
  65. Posted by Jessica on June 6th, 2013 at 5:08pm

    This is a really neat idea! I am in 4-H and I think I will do this for Arts & Crafts! Thank you:)
  66. Posted by Christina on June 6th, 2013 at 5:59pm

    Hope you have fun with it Jessica!
  67. Posted by Barbara on June 10th, 2013 at 9:23pm

    I love this idea and will use it with my grandchildren to make memories and treasures!
  68. Posted by Christina on June 11th, 2013 at 11:46am

    Hi Barbara.. Hope you enjoy making them with your grandchildren!
  69. Posted by courtney on June 20th, 2013 at 7:00am

    i must not have pressed my glass pieces into the contact paper enough and now they are partially covered by concrete. Is there a way to repair this? Concrete etcher with a wire brush maybe? Thanks
  70. Posted by Denise on June 24th, 2013 at 8:02pm

    Love stepping stone idea. I have scrape pieces of stained glass that would be a great way to make use of them.
  71. Posted by Taylor Marlowe on June 26th, 2013 at 2:11pm

    Hello, I am wondering why you used Home Hardware Homecrete Sand Mix instead of Homecrete Concrete Mix?
  72. Posted by Hattie on July 10th, 2013 at 11:56pm

    Will the cement make the cake pan not food safe? Or do i need to put something around the sides of the pan to keep it from ruining it?
  73. Posted by joan sanriago on July 11th, 2013 at 7:45am

    I discover this website by accident, and I just love this idea, I've been wanting to do some stepping stone to make a walkway to my herb garden and this is great for me I cannt way to start to make my walkway as well as the Arbor to make the entrance. thats so much.

    Joan santiago
  74. Posted by Linda Harrod on July 12th, 2013 at 12:38pm

    Thank you I always wondered how ! wish I would have know as my little one grew up all those it was only material treasures I tossed could have been re-used. never cried over spilled milk!
  75. Posted by Brenda on July 20th, 2013 at 11:57pm

    What a great rainy day project! The designs seem endless. You did a VERY good job with your tutorial. I appreciate the time you took to share this creative craft with us!!!
  76. Posted by Sandy on July 30th, 2013 at 11:18pm

    I've made these with grandkids foot/hand prints, and used a 5 gal. bucket and
    sprayed it w/pam, but I LOVE this idea. Have been saving up broken dishes
    for 2 years to do mosaics, but am going by Home Depot in the morn, and
    make this for a gift. Thank you so much. SO beautiful . So happy there is
    a PINTEREST, & smart folks like U to share fantastic ideas.
  77. Posted by Miranda on July 31st, 2013 at 3:44pm

    What do I do if it doesn't come out.? I used vaseline but still not coming out. Any ideass?
  78. Posted by Christina on July 31st, 2013 at 6:11pm

    Not sure why it isn't coming out Miranda. Did you use enough Vaseline?
  79. Posted by Miranda on July 31st, 2013 at 8:03pm

    I thought I did. We used just a thin layer..........maybe it needs to be thick? Also, it is a pan with a slight rim around it but I didn't think it would get in the way. We made some mini ones for a fairy garden with mini tins and those came out fine. May have to try again! Thanks!
  80. Posted by Pat Loop on August 21st, 2013 at 5:16pm

    I like this idea, but do you need to use a whole bag of cement. If so better have several cake pans.
  81. Posted by Christina on August 22nd, 2013 at 1:04pm

    You don't need to use a whole bag of cement.
  82. Posted by Kaye on September 11th, 2013 at 10:41am

    We made these in scouts as a summer camp craft. The only thing the scouts did different was to not use contact paper, but to add 1/4 to 1/2 inch of sand [any color] in the bottom of whatever "container" you were making your stepping stone in [sand was also pressed into the vaseline on the sides. Then you can use whatever you want as your top design, making sure that whatever you press into the sand, to put the side you want people to see, face down in your container [a lot of kids didn't realize this and were unhappy with their result]. This way, by using the layer of sand, the seashells, beads, rocks, pieces of glass, marbles, or old bits of jewelry could all be used without the fear of the cement covering them. You definitely need to use the wire or the stones will break when stepped on. Also, the sand adds a nice "finish" to the stepping stone when it's turned out. All the excess sand can be brushed off using a paint brush. These stepping stones, however, are not smooth to step on and any sharp edges you left sticking up will still likely hurt if stepped on so be wary if using broken pottery or glass [we had asked our scouts not to use those items] but you could then add grout if you so desired. Spray or brush with marine varnish or verathane if you wish, but not necessary. I'd attach a picture of one, but there's no way for me to do so here.
  83. Posted by Judy D. Black on September 13th, 2013 at 10:35pm

    can u use quik-krete instead of cement ?
  84. Posted by Sarah Jameson on November 20th, 2013 at 7:19pm

    I love this!!! I have made one today using buttons (covering the holes on the back with Sellotape!!), broken tiles and slate pieces. It is to make a headstone for our dogs grave and I cut letters out of old CDs. It is currently in the kitchen hardening and am really excited about seeing the result :-)
  85. Posted by Charlotte Aaron on December 7th, 2013 at 7:11pm

    Love this simple but beautiful way to make a gift that will last a lifetime. I'm always looking for gift ideas and things my grandkids would enjoy doing together. Thank you... This will be a fun art project for us.
  86. Posted by Gislene on December 27th, 2013 at 2:38pm

    Muito interessante!
  87. Posted by Kay on January 13th, 2014 at 1:53pm

    Just wondering, how much cement do I mix for each pan? Do I use a whole bag for each? Thank you
  88. Posted by maria on January 17th, 2014 at 7:27pm

    beautiful thing
  89. Posted by tara on January 20th, 2014 at 9:25pm

    Myself and my mother went out and brought all the stuff to make this today can't wait to test this out :-)
  90. Posted by Welma on January 30th, 2014 at 8:50pm

    Thank you for the very easy step-by-step instructions. I cannot wait to start on my stepping stones.
  91. Posted by Toni on February 1st, 2014 at 11:11am

    These are SO awesome!!!! I know that this is a an old thread, but I needed your advice. I read where a few people said you could dye/Tint the concrete but it's early here and I haven't had enough caffeine for my eyes to focus!LOL I am an idiot at dyi and was wondering your opinion on what and how would be the best way. I want the whole thing to be a color, so if it gets a little chip you won't see a big gray blob
  92. Posted by hilary on February 2nd, 2014 at 6:47am

    Thanks for these lovely inspirations and so easy to follow
  93. Posted by Mary on February 2nd, 2014 at 9:17pm

    Love it!! Wish it had a printable button! to add to my "to do". :)
  94. Posted by ruby hensley on February 6th, 2014 at 11:38pm

    I've always wanted to no how ta get em out!!! Thanks so much love it????????????????
  95. Posted by Mabel on February 12th, 2014 at 3:02pm

    Love this sight definitely going to try this
  96. Posted by D on February 17th, 2014 at 6:14pm

    My son is getting married and I was wondering if there is any way of putting his wedding annoucement into one of these? Please help me, Thanks.
  97. Posted by Janine Vincent on February 22nd, 2014 at 5:24pm

    noooo, I cringed over wasted china. It would be better if you used broken ones.
  98. Posted by Darlene Crater on February 23rd, 2014 at 3:13pm

    I love your work and the great instructions. I have not made anything, but you have done a great job.
  99. Posted by romana on March 20th, 2014 at 9:44am

    thanks for sharing! is there any reason why you can't coat the cake dish in Vaseline, fill with concrete and then add your design on top? is it because it might sink? I guess it would depend on the materials used, thank you!
  100. Posted by Lillie on March 21st, 2014 at 9:04pm

    Thank you for the cake pan stepping stone idea
    and the how to pics.I sold swimming pools and
    was lucky enough to get boxes of discontinued
    tiles. Your work is beautiful, now I will give it a try.
    Thank you again.
  101. Posted by Arlene on March 23rd, 2014 at 5:50pm

    I love the stepping stone project and plan on making my own for my backyard this coming up next weekend.. Going to use this plan you have on using a cake pan.. Love the idea.. Thank you so much for your help and illustrations..
    Arlene :-)
  102. Posted by Debbie on March 29th, 2014 at 3:19pm

    How long do you have to wait for the moisture to be out of the stone before applying the marine varnish? We did the project with our 2 grandchildren with their handprint and polished rocks from the Great, Great Grandpa so we want to preserve it for a long life! Great project, thank you!!
  103. Posted by Diamond on April 2nd, 2014 at 1:09pm

    Never thought about using the Marine sealant afterwards , but that's a great idea to weatherproof them.
  104. Posted by Marg on April 4th, 2014 at 1:19am

    Just love your stepping stones. I will make some of these when the weather warms up. Thanks for sharing.
  105. Posted by MAG ELLIS on April 6th, 2014 at 5:59pm

    I'm going to have a try at this -looks lovely
  106. Posted by Joann on April 9th, 2014 at 1:39am

    If you want to print, copy and paste to a printable page and then you can print. I always paste to an email and email it to myself and that way I always have a copy of it.
  107. Posted by Virginia Goodale on April 23rd, 2014 at 2:43pm

    Thank you so much for this. I am going to print this out and have a grandma day with making them with my grand children.
  108. Posted by nancy on April 26th, 2014 at 7:56am

    wonderful stuff
  109. Posted by Lisa on May 1st, 2014 at 3:57am

    I was thinking about using large tuna cans to make small 'stepping' stones to put around my trees and garden plants. Like a ring of them around newly planted trees to mark where not to mow. Has anyone else tried using those large tuna or chicken cans in lou of cake pans???
  110. Posted by anita Sweet on May 28th, 2014 at 11:55pm

    Thank you for this wonderful craft idea! I would like to know if you think quickrete will do the same thing with this project. I know you mix it with water also, but I see that the regular concrete has more of a brown tone, and the quickrete has a lighter tone, and was wondering if you think it really matters which one to use. Thank you again for this really neat post. Anita Sweet
  111. Posted by Cathy Wright on May 29th, 2014 at 1:14pm

    I've made something similar with a product called (if I remember) Diamond Dust, vs. concrete. Also if you back any transparent glass with some aluminum foil, it will be reflective in the sun, much more colorful!
  112. Posted by Wanda on June 2nd, 2014 at 9:43am

    Love this idea! Tried it with my friend yesterday. My friends turned out and mine did not. The difference was that I pressed mine into the pan, which ended up covering most of the stones, and my friend just spread the cement. However, I am still excited to try it again. I have read over the instructions once again, and after reading all of the helpful comments, I am sure this time I will be successful. Once I get the first one down then the sky's the limit. Love this craft and love the tutorial. Now I just WON'T PRESS but I will SPREAD the cement. :)
  113. Posted by Christina on June 3rd, 2014 at 2:09pm

    Thanks for the tip Cathy!
  114. Posted by Christina on June 3rd, 2014 at 2:09pm

    I don't think it matters Anita.
  115. Posted by Jean Scroggins on June 5th, 2014 at 6:32pm

    I love this idea of the steppingstones. do you have any ideas on how to make a simple wishing well? Thanks for sharing your ideas.
  116. Posted by Mary on June 9th, 2014 at 12:46am

    omg! now I wish I had listened to that urge to save every dish I ever broke! lol.. seriously, if only I had.. :(
  117. Posted by Wendy Smelosky on June 10th, 2014 at 11:02am

    Thank you for all the info because I was just a kid when my mom did this! I ran across this and it gave me a great memory. Think I will utilize and maybe my grandchildren will want to participate, too. Fun stuff!
  118. Posted by Laura Price on June 12th, 2014 at 12:50am

    You can use quikrete, but the aggregate used to strengthen the concrete will show because it sinks to the bottom which in this instance is the top. It still looks good and is strong, its just a different look. I have made a lot with quikrete and have never had to reinforce them with the wire, it is a stronger concrete. Of course, it would never hurt. When I do my stones, I usually take them out the next day, while the concrete is still a bit damp, but solid, so you can use a wire brush to smooth out the top of your stone. The damp stuff will be soft enough to come a bit loose with the wire brush so you can uncover some things that maybe got set too deep, or isn't showing as much as you'd like. Once your done brushing, just set it aside for another day and it will be all ready to use. If you want to add a picture (Strongly recommend a copy), you can laminate it, or simply put it in a sandwich type bag, set it behind a piece of clear acrylic or glass to help protect it. The glass or acrylic will get scratched over time if its walked on so setting it off to the side would be the best. As far as pouring the concrete and setting the design on top, it works well also, you just have to be careful with timing. If you do it too soon, your items will sink, too late and they wont stick. If you have issue with bubbles when you flip your stone over and pull back the contact paper, make your mix a bit wetter the next time and tap it or "shimmy" it around to get the bubbles to come to the top. Its hard to do with a drier mix. Sorry for such a long post, there just seemed to a few unanswered questions. I loved you post, super easy to follow. I like easy!!
  119. Posted by Lorraine Edmiston on June 19th, 2014 at 11:45pm

    Do you know how to make Glow in the dark stones, Have tried Home Depos paint, and Walmarts spray paint doent work.
  120. Posted by Pandora on July 2nd, 2014 at 10:29pm

    I am a bit confused. You show concrete mix but later you say you are using cement. Which is it?
  121. Posted by Linda Pay on July 4th, 2014 at 4:59pm

    I love this idea. It sounds simple so I must try it! I love the personalization! What a great idea for my son' and future daughter in law's garden wedding. I better get on it!
  122. Posted by Mary Bean on July 5th, 2014 at 10:20am

    Just found your tutorial in stepping stones. Love it ! Thanks for sharing.
  123. Posted by Tshono on July 11th, 2014 at 12:27am

    These are such amaizing ideas. Beautiful heartwarming page.
  124. Posted by Sally L on July 15th, 2014 at 11:18am

    Love your ideas, wish there was a way to print them out.......at78 yrs old my hand writing isn't the best, and it takes a long time to write the directions. :(
  125. Posted by Vickie Mueller on August 4th, 2014 at 3:59pm

    Thank you so much for the step-by-step instructions. This is exactly what I was looking and can't wait to create my own!
  126. Posted by Lee Kerry on August 10th, 2014 at 9:25am

    Wowser!!! & I was gonna spend a small fortune buying some kewl designer steps for my garden.... I'm so glad I found this site. Thanks for sharing
  127. Posted by DeEtte on August 13th, 2014 at 1:15am

    Hi. Do you think it's possible to use left over window screen instead of the heavier chicken wire?
  128. Posted by Robin Mansfield on August 22nd, 2014 at 4:29pm

    cool idea!.. love making stepping stones and this is easy.. fun to make as well! try it! you can make them one after the other,, make a walkway! i used a bigger flatter pan to make the walkway!
  129. Posted by Brian on September 2nd, 2014 at 1:22pm

    This is such an awesome idea! After reading your instructions, I began to wonder if after coating the stepping stone with Marine varnish, was it not really slippery and a bit of a fall risk?
  130. Posted by charlotte jordan on October 4th, 2014 at 5:53am

    I love your idea, going to try for myself. Thank you for sharing your inspirations.
  131. Posted by Rashmi on October 29th, 2014 at 5:57am

    Wat a brilliant idea.. Love it :)
  132. Posted by Hannah on November 9th, 2014 at 2:32am

    how much concrete would you say you used (oz in the powder)?
  133. Posted by Rafaela on November 21st, 2014 at 11:31am

    Totally love this! I think I will do it as a family project and let my 4 grandchildren do their own for a backyard path. Thanks!
  134. Posted by Rose Plumback on December 1st, 2014 at 9:34am

    I love these!!! Do you know if you can color the cement? If so, how would you do it? Thank you!!!
  135. Posted by Christina on December 1st, 2014 at 11:22am

    You can add acrylic paint to the cement, but we have not tried this.
  136. Posted by Debby on January 12th, 2015 at 8:20pm

    fantastic directions - thank you
  137. Posted by Helene Wessels on January 27th, 2015 at 3:38am

    Thankyou so much, this is such a great plan en the

    tutor does his job so good that even I can follow it. Cannot wait to start.!!!!!
  138. Posted by Joyce Anderson on January 30th, 2015 at 8:49pm

    Love the idea, so easy, simple, useful and pretty!
    The contact/glass piece looked so pretty alone, so why not use part of the instructions for a 2nd separate craft, like a sun catcher coated w/resin? Just an idea.
  139. Posted by Anne Gusmano on January 31st, 2015 at 10:22am

    What a awesome idea to use the cake pan! Love it. Thanks!
  140. Posted by Nancy Wilder on February 2nd, 2015 at 8:56am

    Instead of using a cake pan, you could use a clear plastic saucer used under flower pots. Pour the cement mixture into the saucer, smooth the top, and place your mosaic pieces right side up into the cement. Allow to dry 1-2 days, then invert the stepping stone and remove it from the plastic mold. I like the addition of the wire mesh for support and the marine varnish for protection from the elements.
  141. Posted by Sharon Tavi on February 2nd, 2015 at 11:25am

  142. Posted by Paula Sullivan on February 2nd, 2015 at 2:52pm

    I love this project and have so many collectibles of broken pieces of jewelry, glass and definitely am going to put these instructions to good use, asap! Thanks for reminding me of something I've been wanting to accomplish for a long time. Many of the pieces of jewelry were my grandmothers' and also pieces of broken plates and tea cups I've had for a very long time just not wishing to toss them. So now I'm ready to get creative. Thanks again!
  143. Posted by TRACEY on February 17th, 2015 at 7:54pm

    What a fantastic idea i cant wait to make one.
  144. Posted by DEBBIE on February 20th, 2015 at 6:00pm

  145. Posted by LuIse on February 26th, 2015 at 1:57pm

    Great idea, but I think I'll use smooth colourful rocks. They would be better to walk on and give the stepping stone more strength.
  146. Posted by Tress on February 28th, 2015 at 1:11am

    thank you for sharing those beautiful stepping stones with me. I can't wait for spring. Thanks again. Got so many great ideas running through my mind.
  147. Posted by Erika on March 6th, 2015 at 1:13am

    Ok, this might be a strange question, but when I saw the glass pieces on the finished stepping stone I thought of my kids tiny feet getting cut on sharp edges. Am I crazy or is that a possibility?
  148. Posted by Christina on March 6th, 2015 at 3:48pm

    We used sea glass with worn edges.
  149. Posted by Momma Jo on March 9th, 2015 at 4:48pm

    Thank you so much. I taught a Mosaic art class to Jr. High and High School students. (17 students) We used this for one of our projects and had a lot of fun with it! Unfortunately, not all of them turned out. Some of the cement seeped under the mosaic designs and ended up covering the beautiful artwork when removed from the mold. Any thoughts on how to dissolve the concrete on top? Any suggestions would be really appreciated.
  150. Posted by Christina on March 10th, 2015 at 12:47pm

    Perhaps the consistency of the cement was different than ours.. more liquid, which would cause it to spread. Not sure how to remove the cement once it has dried.
  151. Posted by Cherie on March 16th, 2015 at 3:51pm

    This has endless possibilities but I love what you have done with this one
  152. Posted by andrea Lochan on March 25th, 2015 at 10:27pm

    Love your detailed instruction. Will try this as soon as summer rolls around.
    Thank you
  153. Posted by Judi on April 3rd, 2015 at 11:53am

    Thank you so much. Your instructions on the garden stones are very clean and easy to understand.
  154. Posted by Ellen R on April 6th, 2015 at 8:26pm

    Looks great. Where did you find marine varnish?
  155. Posted by Jacqui on April 8th, 2015 at 11:33am

    I am from South Africa! I loved it! This will be my next project!
    Thank you
  156. Posted by Sondra Burnham on April 9th, 2015 at 12:57pm

    I'd like to make them as wedding gifts! What better way to start a marriage than to have your first stepping stone..quite symbolic.
  157. Posted by Lisa Archer on April 22nd, 2015 at 8:30am

    Beautiful and brilliant Thank you
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