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DIY Stepping Stones & Paths

Posted By Tipnut On May 11, 2011 @ 10:47 am In Green Thumb Projects | No Comments

These are a nice touch in the backyard and can be intended as a decorative element in the space or used for more practical purposes (such as arranging in the garden so feet don’t tread on plants, etc.). There are a few different ways you can make them using a variety of materials, here are a bunch of diy ideas that provide lots of inspiration and step-by-step directions. At the bottom you’ll find several different resources and ideas for making garden pathways. Enjoy!

woolfoodmama.typepad.com

woolfoodmama.typepad.com

Wooden [1]: Made with scrap wood or 1×4’s cut into 12 inch lengths. Assembled with nails and glue, paint if desired (glue is optional).

Embossed [2]: Made with a mix of masonry sand, Portland cement & water, poured into a plastic dishpan or container (mold).

bhg.com

bhg.com

lowescreativeideas.com

lowescreativeideas.com

Leaf Shaped [3]: Similar idea to making concrete leaves [4], you’ll want to make the surface as flat as possible so they’re suitable for stepping on and evenly thick so they last (made with a paste of cement & water).

Mosaic [5]: You’ll find both a written and a video tutorial available for this project. There’s another tutorial here [6].

todaysmama.com

todaysmama.com

bhg.com

bhg.com

Sculpted [7]: For this project you’ll need oil-base modeling clay, plywood, mold latex, nonstick cooking spray, pine boards, wood screws, masonite board, concrete mix, latex paint and brick fragment for sanding edges.

NES [8]: I’m not a big gamer but these stones turn out with a neat pattern (uses top half of the case from an old nintendo game system for the mold).

instructables.com

instructables.com

diynetwork.com

diynetwork.com

Concrete [9]: Simple project that uses a plastic 5 gallon bucket for the mold.

Personalized [10]: For this project you will need a form for the stepping stone, cement, mortar, sand, water, styrofoam or EPS foam (used to make the letters for personalizing) and a hotwire machine.

instructables.com

instructables.com

diynetwork.com

diynetwork.com

Fence Post [11]: Made with 1/2″ thick slices of pressure-treated posts glued to a square of hardware netting or hardware cloth (using construction adhesive).

Cement With Handprints [12]: Offers ideas for getting crafty with the kiddos, make cement garden stones with their handprints and embellish with decorative stones. Great gift idea for grandparents.

diylife.com

diylife.com

gardenersworld.com

gardenersworld.com

Pebble Mosaic [13]: Made with pebbles that are about 2 to 3 cm in diameter, slate chippings, ready-mixed cement and steel mesh. The first layer of cement is poured in mold, topped with a piece of mesh, another layer of cement and then pebbles are pressed into the top to form a pattern.

Easy Project [14]: Plastic trays/flats are used for the mold, leaves are arranged on top of tray before pouring cement so there’s a leaf design imprinted on block once it hardens.

fleamarketgardening.org

fleamarketgardening.org

timberpress.com

timberpress.com

Cardboard Tube Molds [15]: A cardboard tube is sliced into rings, filled with cement then imprinted with pieces of a decorative rubber mat.

Tips & Ideas

  • myhomeideas.com [16]: Features several different ideas using a variety of materials.
  • Affordable Ideas [17]: Featuring mulch and gravel, stepping-stones, borders and edging.
  • dannylipford.com [18]: Tutorial for showing how to layout and plan a path using stepping stones.
  • Flagstone [19]: Instructions for laying out and installing a flagstone path. They also have another bunch of ideas here: sunset.com [20].
  • Recycle Concrete [21]: Project for reusing old concrete from a driveway or or patio.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Wooden: http://woolfoodmama.typepad.com/weblog/2010/06/wood-garden-stepping-stones-diy.html

[2] Embossed: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/outdoor/walkways/embossed-stepping-stones/

[3] Leaf Shaped: http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Leaf_Stepping_Stones_0708.aspx

[4] concrete leaves: http://tipnut.com/concrete-leaves/

[5] Mosaic: http://todaysmama.com/2010/02/video-tutorial-diy-mosaic-stepping-stones/

[6] tutorial here: http://www.hgtv.com/gardening/how-to-make-stepping-stones/index.html

[7] Sculpted: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/outdoor/walkways/sculpted-stepping-stones/

[8] NES: http://www.instructables.com/id/NES-Stepping-Stones/

[9] Concrete: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-create-concrete-stepping-stones/index.html

[10] Personalized: http://www.instructables.com/id/Personalized-Garden-Stepping-Stones/

[11] Fence Post: http://www.diynetwork.com/decorating/fence-post-stepping-stones/index.html

[12] Cement With Handprints: http://www.diylife.com/2009/06/18/kiddie-diy-garden-stepping-stone/

[13] Pebble Mosaic: http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/creative-projects/how-to-make-a-pebble-mosaic-path/234.html

[14] Easy Project: http://www.fleamarketgardening.org/2011/10/21/how-to-make-an-easy-stepping-stone/

[15] Cardboard Tube Molds: http://www.timberpress.com/blog/dig-deeper-newsletter-august-2011/

[16] myhomeideas.com: http://www.myhomeideas.com/outdoor-living/gardening/great-garden-paths-10000001171470/all/

[17] Affordable Ideas: http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Design-Ideas/Garden-Path-Design-Ideas/affordable-garden-path-ideas

[18] dannylipford.com: http://www.todayshomeowner.com/stepping-stones-6-steps-to-the-perfect-path/

[19] Flagstone: http://www.sunset.com/garden/landscaping-design/installing-flagstone-path-00400000022974/

[20] sunset.com: http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/great-garden-paths-photos-00400000043327/page35.html

[21] Recycle Concrete: http://www.canadiangardening.com/design-and-decor/garden-decor/recycle-concrete-with-a-garden-path-and-wall/a/1234

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