How to Make Garden Stones


Use garden stones to make pathways, integrate them into gravel patio areas or place them in flower beds as ornamental items. While a variety of stepping stones are available at many home improvement stores, it is less expensive to make your own. You also have complete control over the final look of the stones and can add personal embellishments to the finished design. Make as few or as many stones as you like to complete the look of your garden and yard areas.

Step 1

Coat an aluminum pie tin with vegetable oil. Use aluminum brownie pans for square stones.

Step 2

Mix quick setting concrete in a 5-gallon bucket with water until it is the consistency of oatmeal. Follow the label instructions for exact mix to water ratios as these differ by brand. Use a paint stirrer or other disposable stick to mix.

Step 3

Pour the cement mixture into the pie plate. Allow the cement to set up undisturbed for three to four hours, or until the surface begins to firm.

Step 4

Press rocks or glass pieces into the cement surface. Alternately, coat your hands in vegetable oil and make hand prints in the stepping stones.

Step 5

Let the cement cure for three days or until it is completely hard. Turn the pie plate upside down and gently tap it until the garden stone falls out.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves and old clothes when working with cement. Mix cement on top of a tarp or layers of newspaper so it doesn't get on surrounding surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Aluminum pans
  • Vegetable oil
  • Quick setting concrete
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Paint stirrer
  • Glass tile


  • University of North Carolina
Keywords: garden stone, stepping stones, concrete pavers

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.