DIY Home Project – Garden Stepping Stones

Are you increasingly growing tired of having to step in the mud in your garden and are thinking of something economical that would help you avoid stepping on mud or on wet grass? Are you ready to undertake a DIY project and eliminate your problem? If you are, you can design and make your own garden stepping stones that will make a perfect fit to your garden. Besides, you can as well use the special features in your stepping stone designs and create unique stepping stones that will turn many green with envy! The money you could have used on ready made stepping stones can be used for something else entirely such as more plants or flowers that will make your garden stand out. The ball is in your court, its time you make a decision about the most ideal location you can place the gardening stones in your garden.  But perfect locations should be on the landscape features that are either near or adjacent on the foot path that looks best. Round shapes are the best match for making a garden steeping stone path. Below is a DIY procedure that you can use to sketch unique on grid paper to come up with the perfect stepping stones.

 Use Grid Paper to Sketch and Scale – Design and sketch your ideas for the kind of stepping stones pictured below. The grid paper’s purpose is for sketching to scale the real size of the stone. Proceed and measure the area to ensure that both the scale and real size are correct. The edging of the stepping stones should be curved from heavy cardboard, plastic sheeting, either a tub or plastic bucket. The design determines the shape of the edge forms. To hasten the process, make more than a single mold. Cut the edging material between two and three inches high. The latter serves as the stepping stones thickness. Allow an eighth of an inch extra height at the top of form for the potential concrete shrinkage. See to it that the edges are both straight and rest flat on the plywood. The straight and flat the edges are the better they will resist concrete seepage.

 Next Step – Cut the bottom of a few cheap plastic buckets for the purpose of uniformity round the stepping stones. Lay down pieces of ¾ inch scrap plywood which should be bigger that the stepping stone design. You should next take the stepping stone form and put it in the middle of the plywood. See to it that the form edges are flush with plywood surface and there shouldn’t be any presence of a gap. Use either bungee cord or heavy duty strings of nylon to secure the edges. Wrap the cords or the strings tightly around the forms two times.

 Coloring the Stepping Stones – Mix together water and concrete in a plastic bucket as per the instructions of the concrete. Ensure that the concrete is in a perfect fluid motion. Add a color dye on the concrete during mixing and create yet another special design effect. Leave the concrete to settle on the pebbles for 48 hours. After the concrete has dried up and set in properly, remove the mold and place the stepping stone in the perfect location!





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