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Our Gardens are a place of therapy, solitude, a place where we can express our gardening skills, get our thoughts together and enjoy planting anything that suits our fancy. It is like our outdoor bedroom or office that is a soothing place to go to.

So why shouldn't we decorate these personal, sometimes private places as we do those same places in our homes to suit our liking?

I enjoy making stepping stones for my garden and have done many different styles from animals, to glow in the dark and even Memorial Stones for loved ones and pets. They are as useful as they are decorative and not too hard to make.

They do require o few days to make because of drying times but otherwise its a project you can involve the whole family, including kids around 6 years old and up.
 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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You will need:

Cement Mix (I used 7 lbs. for this project)
Cement Colorant, optional
A Mold
Mosaic Bits or Broken Glass Pieces
Glue
Old Sponges
Old Bucket
Stirring Sticks or an old wooden spoon
Craft Sticks
Paper (disposable bowl)
Flat Head Screwdriver
Rubber Gloves if using a colorant
Eye Protection (Because of Dust)
Breathing Protection (Because of Dust)

Step 2: Color Your Medium

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Pour cement mix and colorant into a bucket and mix well. If you have a large plastic container with a lid that you dont mind not being able to use again you can shake and roll it around to mix. This should take 3  5 minutes to mix completely.

Set aside 1/4 cup of the mixture in a disposable bowl to use later for grouting.

Note: 1/4 cup is usually plenty unless you will be grouting large spaces.

Step 3: Mix Your Medium

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Add enough water to your mix in the bucket to bring it to a almost pudding like consistency. I used 1 3/4 cups of water here for 7 lbs of mix.

Place your mold on a board large enough to hold the entire mold securely and scoop up some of the mix then slap it into the mold with enough force to fill the intricate design area.

Love this idea. Wonderfully creative. :D

diamar793 years ago
I looove frogs and this is very creative, but it ways it reminds me of the strange pipa or surinam toad bc all the pieces are places only on the back..lol..still very
nice;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCayq56wHSA
looks nice, wear rubber gloves even if you do not use colorant, plaster AND cement are caustic and can blister or cause skin issues, I know this from experience.

he dust if exposure is once and never repeated and not a lot is not good but if you are workig close (you are) and working with kids, (maybe) it is both caustic and contriutes to silicosis, think emphazema, or lining your lungs with a coat of hard thin cement.

safety precautions always, not because a "nanny govermental agency" tells you to, but because it may keep you from painful issues, sickness or maybe bindness and death.

cheap cake pans and chocolate molds as well a sand box molds work great. Generic pam or just oily rag using cheap crappy tasting canola oil will work as a release agent. Used Motor oil is a no no, it smells has metals nasty chemicals in it, fresh motor oil is too expensive.(for me)

this is one of the two instructables that is getting me to make something, I am carving it now.....
judy86454 years ago
I loved it and am eager to make these but where can I get this particular mold ?
DebsCrochet5 years ago
That's so cute
DebH57 (author)  DebsCrochet5 years ago
Thanks Deb, they are fun to do
Deewheat5 years ago
These are really cute. I may have to try this!
im4tooele5 years ago
Cute frog, Debra.
hsmomof25 years ago
The frog is cute! My son wants to make one.
juvinurse5 years ago
This is a cutie!
DebH57 (author)  juvinurse5 years ago
LOL Thanks I think so too
chauntee25 years ago
Super cute!
DebH57 (author)  chauntee25 years ago
Thanks Chauntee
vivianar5 years ago
Nice work :)
DebH57 (author)  vivianar5 years ago
Thanks Vivanar!
aunty5 years ago
Thats very nice.
DebH57 (author)  aunty5 years ago
Thank you
Bratillia5 years ago
This is cool.
DebH57 (author)  Bratillia5 years ago
Thank you
{tauney}5 years ago
My mum's doing things like this right now...she bought a Green Man mold somewhere and made me a pair of sweet book-ends, not to mention that she's made plant markers for the gardens of everyone she knows...
DebH57 (author)  {tauney}5 years ago
Thanks for commenting Tauney. If you could ask her where she found molds for plant markers at? I would love to be able to do that.
{tauney} DebH575 years ago
She bought them from Lee Valley tools--

http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=1&p=50900&cat=2,43319,33281&ap=1

I think they come with cement dye, too, which makes things a little more interesting!
DebH57 (author)  {tauney}5 years ago
Oh Tauney I just love that site, I think I ordered about half of it LOL! Thank you tons and tons!
{tauney} DebH575 years ago
Haha! you're very welcome--glad I could contribute to your hobby! Enjoy!
BettyBoop15 years ago
This is just so cute, I would love several of these in my garden
DebH57 (author)  BettyBoop15 years ago
They are really easy to make Betty, you should give it a try.
He is so cute! I like your dragonfly one too. These are really nice.
DebH57 (author)  AmazingGracie5 years ago
Glad you like them Grace
CAWildWoman5 years ago
This one is so cute. You have so many talents.
DebH57 (author)  CAWildWoman5 years ago
LOL Thanks CA!
DIYDragon5 years ago
Very nice, but where did you get that mold you used for the stones? I rather like the little froggy. : 3
DebH57 (author)  DIYDragon5 years ago
I believe I got this one at Michaels Crafts but the manufacturer is called Milestones you might want to check them online for a better price deal.
bethmez5 years ago
Looks very nice - have a friend who really likes frogs. Started whenever we were around a pond on the golf course - they sing (croak or whatever) to her.
DebH57 (author)  bethmez5 years ago
LOL that finny Beth. Thanks for your coment!