Colored concrete stepping stones can be made by coloring premade plain concrete stepping-stones or by adding color to the concrete used to make stepping-stones. The colors available are unlimited, no matter which method is chosen, and allow you to customize the concrete stepping-stones for your landscape. Mix colors to add visual interest for an informal path or use exact measurements and straight geometric shapes for a more formal setting.
Make Precolored Concrete Stepping-Stones
In a large bucket, mix the desired amount of concrete pigment powder into the dry concrete with a hand shovel.
Add water according to package directions and blend the water in thoroughly until no dry powder remains. Use slightly less water for pour-in-place molds so the concrete can be poured and shaped like clay, without using a mold. Use the recommended amount of water if using a mold or pouring into a form on the ground.
Smooth the top of the concrete with a trowel or a section of two-by-four. Use a concrete edger to smooth the corners of the concrete. Sharp concrete corners can cause serious cuts.
Allow stepping-stones created in a mold to dry for 24-hours before removing from the mold.
Dye or Stain Premade Concrete Stepping-Stones
Place the stepping-stones in a well-ventilated area on newspaper or heavy paper so the dye or stain overspray does not damage the work surface.
Stir the concrete dye or stain with a paint stirrer until thoroughly blended, with no visible swirls in the mixture.
Apply thin, even coats of concrete dye or stain with a paintbrush or small pump sprayer to the top and sides of the concrete stepping-stone.