Monday, June 3, 2013

A Quicker and Easier Way to Stepping Stones

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Seems like it's been forever since I've had time to post. But then again, the freedom of blogging is that I can post when I have time and feel inspired. Honestly I love the whole blog world but would rather be working on a project. Well, okay make that about six or seven projects..at a time anyway! That and work and mom to 3 boys, and clearing out a house for an estate sale, and cleaning said house, and... Well, you get the picture.

But just because I am silent for periods of time does not mean that I don't have anything to say or have not been working on anything. This Spring, I am working on multiple garden projects all towards getting ready for a graduation open house.

However, my best project yet? Stepping stones. Now you might be wondering why this is such a big deal? I have wanted to put a stepping stone pathway from the gate to the backyard and back towards the patio/pool area for eight years. Eight looooong years. You wouldn't think this would be such hard thing to do now would you? But it was either the money (means about 15-20 stones which can get quite pricey), needing a truck or trailer to haul them, needing help to lift the suckers, or just life that got in the way.




Recently I read some articles about quick and easy stepping stones and it got me thinking that I could make that project quicker and easier by cutting a few corners. You won't believe how easy this was!

1. Buy a bag of Quikrete or regular concrete (each bag makes about 3-4 stones)


2. Dig the sod out, sculpting the size and shape that you would like the stone to be. Depth is about 2".

3. Pat down and shape the dirt then stomp on it a little to pack it down tighter.

4. Mix the concrete to a thick milk shake like consistency and pour into the hole, smooth top with a trowel or hand shovel and let dry. Read more about mixing Quikrete.

Add enough water to make it a milk shake like consistency.
Remember, if it is too thin, let it set for a bit to thicken.
Too thick? Simply add more water.


So simple and so happy with how they turned out! If you wanted to get more creative you could add mosiac tiles or paint glitter or tint the concrete. The sky is the limit really!


Stepping my way to the backyard of my dreams!

    

14 comments:

  1. i love this quick and easy ideal,even i couldnt mess it up.

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  2. i love this quick and easy ideal,i cant mess this up!

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  3. love this idea! I think I will press leaf patterns into mine!

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  4. Hope you live in a warm weather location because this might not last too long where ground freezes for 6 months. Just a caution to others looking at & considering this. Be sure to look for things you will have to do in cold climates to make this last.

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    1. It would be no different than buying a step stone. None of them will last forever but for the low cost and little time, worth the risk.

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  5. I think I'd like to put my grandchildren's hand prints and names on mine. Love this.

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  6. Okay, way too easy. What is the catch? :)

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  7. Wow! What a good idea. I have had the same limiting circumstances and even had thought of molds, but why bother. Too smart.

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  8. Love it. What should I use to tint the concrete?

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    1. Something water based. Maybe even craft paint. It's cheap to experiment with!

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  9. I LOVE IT! I MAY JUST DO IT MYSELF.

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  10. they make tints you can buy at the hardware for concrete...they are fade resistant,Don;t know the price, they are powders you just mix in. Some other suggestions may not be,a consideration if they will get lots of bright sun for most months..

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  11. Friends of mine made their entire patio this way. In fact, they didn't even remove the sod. Granted, they love the rustic look, so any future cracks are expected and accepted.
    It freezes here, but the whole thing still looks great after 3 or 4 years.

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  12. so glad i found this post i lost it some how going to do this to our yard this summer xx

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