Stepping stones are an easy way to add some class and whimsy to any garden. While many people opt to buy their stones from their local garden supply shop if you're a crafty person you can make your own. You can commemorate special dates or events on your paving stones. You can use the stones in a number of fun garden projects with your children. These stones are made to last and withstand the elements.
They're a truly functional craft for the home. A personalized stepping stone makes a cute housewarming gift for a newlywed couple.
Here is a list of supplies you need to make your own stepping stones. While you can run to a craft store and buy a rather inexpensive craft kit you can also gather together your own supplies you will save money on your stepping stone projects! Collecting your own supplies also means your stones will look exactly the way you want them to. Homemade crafts are always more creative than using kits.
The main supplies you need to make a stepping stone is a mold, cement or concrete, and items to decorate or embellish it. You should also always use protective eyewear and gloves when working with concrete. If any gets on bare skin, wash immediately with warm, soapy water.
Supplies Needed to Make Stepping Stones
Types of Decorations
Things like glitter and paint make for pretty editions to stepping stones. You can also use materials like broken tiles, sea glass or bottle caps to make unique designs. Whatever decoration you choose make sure it can hold up to the elements.
More Fun Garden Projects for Kids:
- Mini Fairy Garden: Create a small space in your garden dedicated to a fairy garden. Find special rocks, shells, even sea glass to add to your fairy-scape and enjoy! Use one of the stepping stones as a base for the fairy garden.
- Container Gardening: If you have a small space outdoors for planting, try container gardening. You can grow so many fun things in small pots, place them all around your patio and you're set with a beautiful garden.
- Plant Markers: Using rocks or popsicle sticks, have kids write down the name of plants with permanent markers. Place the rock or sticks right next to each of the plants growing in the garden!
- Homemade Wind Chime: using an old (or new) terra cotta pot, turn it upside down and add twine hanging from it with added pieces of sea glass or small pieces of clay. When you're out gardening, you'll be able to hear the soothing sounds of the wind chime.
- Mushroom Sticks: you can form large mushrooms out of clay and bake them to harden. Paint them red with a few white spots, and they are ready for "growing" in your garden. Make a few of these and hide them in the yard. If you're feeling colorful you can paint the mushrooms any way you like.