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When I found fifteen square stepping stones buried beneath the soil from
a checkerboard garden project of mine from years ago, it reminded me of
the wonderful creative things I used to do when I worked at home.
The gardens were beautiful, things were in bloom, and weeds were in short supply.

While strolling through a second-hand store, I happened upon a vinyl doily
for a mere fifty cents. Meh, I thought. Went home, plopped it on the dining
room table and sort of forgot about it. A few mornings later, hubby and I were
having coffee at the table. Where I sat, I could see where the plain stepping
stones were. My gaze shifted to the doily, then to hubby, and then...
a Eureka moment arrived!

Put on your work duds and let's make something nice for the yard!

And hey, when you are done with the stones, why not make a shirt to match!
A great idea by Instructables member Diaphane:

HOW TO DIE A SHIRT WITH BLEACH AND A DOILY



Step 1: Supplies and materials needed...

Material needed:
  • Stepping stones - Choose a stone color that is in contrast to your paint color
  • A lace doily, or better yet, a vinyl / rubber doily (See step 6 for other options)
  • Outdoor / Exterior Spray paint - You'll want the paint to stand out. Choose lighter or darker than your stone
  • Outdoor / Exterior Clear spray sealer
  • A large piece of cardboard. Even poster board will work just fine.
  • A pen, pencil, heck, even a crayon will work
  • A pair of scissors or a serrated knife.
  • A scrub brush
  • A source of water (bucket of, or garden hose)
One can of spray paint is typically enough to spray six or seven stones.
Take into consideration the size of your stone, and the amount of paint
required to cover the areas without 'lace'. While paper doilies are available,
they would not be a wise choice, as the slightest breeze or even the spray
of the paint would move the doily around.

Though most doilies are crocheted, it is easy to find vinyl table covers, place mats
and other items to use. Please don't use an heirloom treasure your grandmother
made by hand! Be sure to choose one that will give a pleasing result with a lot of
coverage. If you have a large project in mind, consider table covers by the yard, which
are found in many box stores.
<p>What an amazing idea. I need to try this.</p>
<p>Susan, thank you so much! </p>
I have a question? Are they slippery after they are painted? Could they be used as a pathway to a swimming pool?<br>Thanks!
<p>Hmm. Well, in the case of my stones, the tops are not overly smooth to begin with, and there is only a light coating of paint. I would imagine there is a type of paint that could be used near a pool that might offer a bit of texture, which might help to prevent slips and falls. If I was going to place steps near a pool, though, I would use larger stones, which might steer potential hop-scotchers from jumping stone to stone. :-)</p>
<p>This just gives me another choice to make stepping stones. I love what you did! Thank you for sharing :)</p>
I'm amazed! <br> <br> I told some people about doing this right after I saw your work. They had just put a walkway and they were skeptical to the idea because they thought it would look corny, <br> <br> So I showed them your pics. They were sold on it because they used the same stone in your examples. <br> <br>I am looking into the glow in the dark paint. I was even thinking of painting the address number on the driveway with the doily design and glow in the dark numbers over it. <br> <br> My issue is finding an assortment of vinyl/plastic doilies at a fair price. I also don't want to ruin those really nice lace ones. Any retailers you are privy to for doilies? <br> <br>Thanks again for sharing..
Dollar stores, free cycle, Salvation Army are good starts to find vinyl mats.
Hello Samgo, <br> <br>Thank you so much for such kind compliments! Oh, indeed, if I had doily sources, I would surely share them. Unfortunately, I only 'happened' upon this one at a second hand store, which I frequent. :-) <br> <br>You might watch out for them at yard sales, dollar stores and such. Our Walmart used to carry an assortment of lacy table covers, but now they are rather plain and ordinary. <br> <br>Keep in touch, and let us know how your house numbers go. <br> <br>:-) Karen
<p>Great idea and looks fabulous! Here's my 2 cents for the pot: One Halloween we used glow in the dark paint to paint faces on fake pumpkins. Of course we didn't use a shield while painting so got paint on the front porch. My 8 year old was helping and I didn't realize until later we also ended up with paint footprints the length of the sidewalk. We didn't have any solvent handy so just scrubbed the front porch spots as much as we could with a brush. The night of Halloween the trick or treaters all raved about the cool footprints leading them to our front door! LOL We decided not to wash away the footprints. After two years, the unscrubbed footprints on the sidewalk wore away but the scrubbed spots on the porch remained for more than 5 years. Scrubbing the wet paint made the paint sink further into the concrete and eliminated any paint sitting on top. The sidewalk footprints were all sitting on top of the concrete and wore away quickly.</p>
<p>What a great idea' Have to try it ' Thank you (:</p>
<p>very nice!</p>
<p>Fantastic! I want to try this now! :D</p>
Great Project, I loved it
Looks really professional.
Pretty! <br>
Thank you so much, Wowie!
Great idea and a neat look. Haunt thrift stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army stores for lace curtains, doilies and lace fabric.
Such a great idea!!! Thanks!!
Congratulations! Your creativity is astonishing!
Wow, that is quite a compliment coming from you, Creativeman! <br>You make my head swell! Thank you!
Well Done!
Rune Cutter, thank you! I truly appreciate the compliment!
Wow, FANTASTIC project! We've been talking about doing something with paving stones in our back yard, and I think we may have to adopt this technique for some of it. The final result is very striking!
Thank you so much! It has really changed the look of the corner of our yard. I've since incorporated the idea into several places about the gardens. It is so much fun deciding on colors, shapes, etc.
High-FIVE Wuvie! I love everything about this instructable!!!
Baja, Wow, coming from you, I am beaming with happy! Thank you so much!
How do you get 36000 views in only 7 days??? <br>Wow, baffles me!
Oh, that's easy. Just post the Colonel's eleven secret herbs and spices in the text somewhere...LOL. ;-)
I did do that, with no luck! <br>I must have missed a ingredient!
Ooooh........pretty.....
Hi there! Thank you so much!
cool idea, I like it. I'm thinking you could use leaves and vegetation instead of a doily also maybe.
Thank you so much! Love the mention of leaves and vegetation - fern leaves would be gorgeous!
Great idea, lookf fantastic! How about using old lace material, curtains, etc. Auto paint customizers have used this for effect for years!
Hi Simpleman, thank you so much!
had todig through the comments to make sure the old school airbrush art thing was covered. ;)
Oh, yes, lace material, curtains, etc. would be wonderful. Anything you are willing to sacrifice, as the item will become coated with paint. I'm very curious as to whether I can soak the vinyl placemat to remove the paint, though. I think it will work. :-)
Be careful of what solvents you use. The same ones that dissolve paint sometimes also have a chemical reaction with the vinyl.
Hi Silver! Oh, definitely. I'm just going to use hot, soapy water. :-)
So why not plant vinca major?? It's a nice groundcover! ;-)
LOL. Oh, it is nice. It is pretty. It is determined. <br> <br>Very determined.
My husband uses Simple Green to soak paint off of his plastic and resin miniatures when he doesn't like the paint job.
Dlebrun, that is a great idea, thank you!
Absolutely fantastic!!! totally voted and favorited this!!
Annie, thank you SO much! You make my heart sing. My head swell! LOL!
lol as it should be :)
OK, you sold me with the glow-in-the-dark paint!! :D
Hi Amy, <br> <br>Thank you so much! I was so excited when I saw what it looked like in the dark. Funny thing about our place, though, I forgot that our streetlight is operated by the sun, so I had to flash our 2 million candlepower flashlight in the sensor to get it to turn off so I could see the glow-in-the-dark stones. Ha!
Black lights work great too ;)
OOooooooh! and my yard is paved with concrete 'stones'... I really want to do this!

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