Introduction: Leaf Motif Garden Stepping Stone
This is an easy way to make customizable stepping stones for the garden. They start out dark, but get more contrasty as they weather and age.
2 plastic containers, a variety of leaves, concrete mix, water, dish soap, mixing spoon, paint
Step 1: Find a Container
Find a container the right size to cast your stone in.
Step 2: Estimate How Much Concrete You Will Need
Pour some dry concrete mix into the container. It should be 1.25” deep so it’s not too brittle.
Step 3: Transfer the Measured Concrete Mix Into a Different Mixing Container.
Step 4: Mold Release
Rinse and soap up the bottom and sides of the casting container.
Step 5: Compose Your Leaf Display
The leaves should be upside down. Big leaves like hostas work well.
Step 6: Mix Concrete
Mix the concrete with water. Alternate adding small amounts of water and stirring so it doesn’t get too runny. Add. Stir. Add. Stir…etc.
Step 7: Cover the Leaves
When the mix is ready carefully place a few cups over the leaves so they don’t move around. Once the leaves are covered, you can dump in the rest of the mix.
Step 8: Tap Out the Bubbles
Tap the container with a hammer all around the outside to bring the bubbles to the surface. Let It Set Overnight.
Step 9: Unmold
Carefully remove the container from your casting. Put a hand on the set concrete and flip the container over supporting it from the inside. Press the bottom of the container to make the casting pop out.
Step 10: Remove Leaves
Remove leaves and let it dry. A fan helps if you are in a hurry.
Step 11: Paint
Paint it and rub off with a sponge to make the design more visible. The paint collects in the rough and deep areas. The smooth shallow areas will appear lighter.
Step 12: Done
Place in the garden.
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