Stepping stones in the garden can provide a decorative accent or a practical path. Take a creative approach to make the most of your garden stones. Inexpensive garden stepping stones or pavers are widely available, but they are quite plain. More interesting garden stones can be made at home easily, using both new and recycled materials. Making garden stepping stones or integrating purchased stones into the garden is an ideal family activity.
Uses for Garden Stepping Stones
Create a simple stepping stone path in your yard or garden by removing several inches of soil. Fill the space with sand, then put the stones into place. Form a straight or curving path with the garden stepping stones. Form borders around a patio or garden using stepping stones. You can even add a stone to accent a small garden planting or arrangement.
Making a Stepping Stone
Purchase stepping stone concrete at the craft store or use concrete from your local home improvement center. Mix the concrete according to the package directions in a large tub or bucket, stirring it well and then pouring it into a mold. You can opt to use a purchased mold or re-use a large household item like an ice cream bucket. Line the mold with plastic wrap or a plastic garbage bag, then pour in approximately 2 to 3 inches of concrete.
Embellishing Garden Stepping Stones
Add glass marbles, mosaic tiles, broken porcelain or ceramics, or other small items to the concrete as it sets up. Leaves, pea gravel, and even old household items of various sorts can all go into creative garden stones. Create an arrangement that is well suited to the style of your garden, whether that is elegant or playful. Place hand prints or paw prints from your children or pets into the damp concrete for a sentimental accent in your lawn or garden.