Personalized Stepping Stones

Create an eye-catching garden path with colorful, handmade stepping-stones from Better Homes & Gardens' Garden Shed.
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Getting Started

If Dad is a gardener, follow the directions exactly. Or, use our options to make a stepping stone that's as one-of-a-kind as your father.

What You Need:

Let the world know who's
beautiful garden it is with
this personalized stepping stone.

  • Sturdy but disposable flat container with 1-1/2- to 2-inch sides (Large plastic plant saucers and disposable aluminum baking pans work well; remember that the concrete will leave a residue that's nearly impossible to remove.)
  • Alphabet cookie cutters
  • Water-based paint, any color
  • Paper the size of stepping stone
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Quick-setting concrete mix (available at hardware stores)
  • Container for mixing concrete
  • Trowel or short length of 2 x 4 lumber
  • Colored aquarium gravel
  • Flat decorative marbles
  • Paper towels
  • Glitter

Before You Begin:

  • This is a messy project. Wear old clothes.
  • Plan to work outside or in the basement in a location that's close to water for mixing the concrete and cleaning up.
  • Cover the work surface with a thick layer of old newspaper.
  • Wear rubber or leather gloves when mixing concrete. Wet concrete will wash off hands, but it's abrasive on the skin.
  • Supervise children under 12 closely, at least one adult for every two children.

Continued on page 2:  Create Your Stone

 

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