The Artistic Gardener: DIY Garden Stepping Stones

There are few things in life I love more than my (our) garden. You know, my kids, husband, a good face lotion, anything pumpkin. Our garden is a magical place – a magical place with bugs I have yet to identify, ant bits, flies, itchy grass and manure – but nonetheless a magical place. I love that my kids are growing up watching their parents garden. It’s important!

We decided to decorate our magical place with stepping stones because after all, the squash had taken over and we were trampling the vines. Our garden needed a lil personal touch. 


When it cones to creating I’m bad at reading directions and prefer to go off-the-cuff. Fail. Try again. Fail. Try again. Success!

I made the first stepping stones with concrete because that’s what the Home Depot guy suggested. FAIL. The second time I used cinder block mix because they didn’t have concrete. It was OK, but not the best. The third time, I used patching concrete my neighbor had left over. Success!

Items we used to decorate:

  • Glass rocks (Goodwill)
  • Pesos left over from when we lived in Mexico
  • A broken Buddha that my son was OBSESSED with putting in his stepping stone even though I secretly wanted it.
  • Shells from any one of our trips to the beach.
  • Beads from a bracelet that had broken.
  • Bottle caps 
  • Fossils
  • A toy truck


Now your turn…

  1. Buy only concrete mix. The fast set kind.
  2. Mix with water to a not too soupy, not to0 firm consistency.
  3. With a spade, fill an aluminum pie tin with the concrete. Smooth the top like your icing  cake.
  4. Let set for approx. 30 minutes to an hour before decorating.
  5. Let dry for 24 hours before removing form the pie tin.

My stepping stone turned out great and was declared by my son to be “the best one!” Awww, he’s the sweetestkendrasteppingstone

As our garden continues to grow – we just got another 8×8 plot! – we will come up with other creative ways to decorate our plot.


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