Craft: Garden Stepping Stones

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Craft: Garden Stepping Stones

This easy craft is a perfect way to preserve a memory in a useful garden treasure.

Supplies:

- Plastic planter saucer for mold
- Quickcrete w/ Water & Measuring Cup
- Bucket & stick to mix concrete; Shovel or spoon to pour concrete
- Decorations of your choice
- Rubber gloves and goggles or sunglasses
- Bucket of soapy water for washing hands and feet
- Work rags or towel

Method

❑ Prep Your Work Area

- The yard is best or protect floors with a drop cloth
- Gather all materials (above) and have ready

❑ Mix the Quickcrete following the instructions on the bag (5 parts water to one part cement). Your mixture should be the consistency of dough and not too liquidy.

❑ Scoop the Quickcrete mixture into the mold using a spoon or shovel until the foot stone is the desired thickness (at least 2 inches thick).

❑ Shake and tap the mold to get the cement even and ensure there are no air bubbles. Remove any excess cement with a stick or work rag before it dries.

❑ While the cement is drying (30 minutes - 1 hour), layout your design for the stone next to the mold.

❑ Once the cement has dried for 30 minutes - 1 hour, it's time to decorate. We used hand and footprints and a sunflower pressed into the concrete. See notes below for additional ideas.

❑ Immediately rinse hands and feet placed into concrete in your soapy water bucket.

❑ Let the stone sit undisturbed for 2 - 3 days; moving it may cause cracks. Baste the cement with a light layer of water daily while it sets to make it harder.

❑ After 2 - 3 days, remove the stone from the mold and let it sit for week before giving it to dad to ensure that it is dry.

Notes:

Use embellishments like broken dishes or tiles, marbles, bottle caps, etc
Imprint items - handprints, leaves, flowers, stamps, etc.

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