Day Garden Stepping Stones
love creating keepsakes of my children’s hand/footprints. When I taught elementary school I always
included a couple of these activities throughout the school year: Thanksgiving,
Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day.
Parents and grandparents love to see these keepsakes throughout their
homes to remind them of those cherished moments. Most children enjoy making them, but there are
some that do not like to get messy.
Thankfully my children love being creative and messy. If you are not able to go out and purchase
one of these kits you can make your own at home. You can even use pot and pans from your
kitchen. All you need to do is gather
your materials that came in my kit. I
also used other materials that I had around the house. My most favorite tools are my stamps you can
use them with clay or cement!!! This
will be one Father’s Day Daddy will not forget!!
1 heart shaped tray
6 pounds of cement
1 stencil sheet (heart, diamond, star,
flowers, circle, triangle, and crescent moon)
1 mixing stick
5- .10 fluid ounce paint tubes (white,
blue, green, yellow, and red)
1 paint brush
15 glass stones
- Gather your materials I listed in your
- Prepare your work area with plastic for
easy clean up. Your surface needs to be level.
- Pour 2¼ cups of water into a 5 quart
- Add a third of the cement mix to the
water at a time (while stirring). Stir
thoroughly with the mixing stick for at least one minute. Scrap sides and bottom of the bucket to get
all the dry cement mixed. Continue
mixing until all the cement has been
mixed and has the consistency of a milk shake.
- Use non-stick spray to the interior or
the mold before you pour the cement mix.
Pour about one inch of cement at a time, shake the mold and tap it on
the table to level out the mix.
- Use the mixing stick to smooth out the
cement. Let cement set for at least
15-30 minutes or longer before setting stones, or making handprints. If you start to see pools of water wait a
while longer and retry (ex. reprint your handprints).
- Once the stone is firm you can
write/stamp you name and date.
- Let the stepping stones dry for 24-48
hours before you pop them out of their molds.
The easiest way was to place them upside down on the ground and gently
bend the mold to release the stone.
- If you have any rough edges you can use
sandpaper or an emery board to smooth away those areas.
- Now you can finish your stones by using
the stencils and paint to decorate with.