Stepping Stones October 3-7
Purpose:To decorate our gardens and learn how to decorate your own garden.
Supplies:The main supplies you need to make a stepping stone are a mold, cement,
screen/hardware cloth and items to decorate or embellish it. You should also always use
protective eyewear and gloves when working with dry concrete mix as it can burn (once
mixed it will not burn). If any gets on bare skin, wash immediately with warm, soapy
ProcedureDeciding what design to make is the hardest part of making these stepping
stones. However, you need to do this before you start so you know what supplies to
gather. You may bring your own decorations (shells, marbles,stones,etc.) or use the
stones we provide.
Gather all your supplies and then you are ready to begin! Follow these simple steps and
also refer to the suggestions on the supply page and hints and tips pages.
1. The first thing you should do is to protect your work surface and yourself. Lay
down some newspaper You can make these outside in a location you can let sit
for a few days! Sets best it not directly in sun while first drying. I would suggest
doing it in the edible garden. Wear eye protection and gloves. An old long sleeve
shirt and sweatpants would also be a great idea.
2. Set your mold on your work surface.
3. Now, you are ready to mix up the concrete. . You may want to mix the concrete
prior to getting the children. Mix 5 parts concrete to 1 part water. The wet
mixture should have the consistency of soft cookie dough. If you plan to mix it
prior to your garden session, you may want to add a little more water so you can
have more time to work with it.
4. Once your concrete is mixed, you can start spooning it into the mold. The
children can help with this. Fill the mold about half full and smooth it down. Lay
your cut piece of screening or hardware cloth (as explained on the supplies page)
into the mold and then finish scooping the cement into the mold until full.
5. Gently tap around the outside of your mold to help remove any