Is there an easy way to create decorative stepping stones? Yes, our 10-step illustrated guide will show you how to easily make this great feature.
Concrete stepping stones create a stir as a small path between shrubs or in the herb garden. They decorate garden areas and you can do without expensive paving with granite or clinker! That’s how fast you’re made.
The great thing about the stepping stones: Even do-it-yourself newbies can give the stepping stones an individual structure with chestnut, walnut or rhubarb leaves . Simple flower coasters or other plastic containers form the reusable shape.
Rubber gloves are important in all work steps to protect the skin from chemical burns from cement.about:blank
Fine concrete screed (lightning cement) , which is refined with a liquid plastic additive, serves as the working material . This ensures an abrasion-resistant surface and low water absorption.Incidentally, the stepping stones become frost-hardy .
Of course, after our work steps 1 to 10, other garden ornaments such as bird baths or decorative bowls can also be made.
Bowls in two sizes then ensure the right shape: The leaves are fixed on the inside or outside with spray adhesive . Depending on whether you want to see your imprint later on the outside of the edge or inside in the hollow. After removing the structure-giving leaves, the water can flow – our songbirds will soon be romping here, we promise!
10 steps to create decorative stepping stones
You need for the stepping stones:
- Lightning ‘fast’ cement (5 kg is enough for two stones), optionally a liquid plastic additive
- square or round tub coasters made of plastic and
- a selection of motifs
For the motifs:
All sheets of paper that fit the shape well in terms of size are well suited. We used chestnut and ash , ferns and house plants such as Anturie or Aralie, which leave pronounced patterns , also do well .
For the lightning cement , about 1 liter of water and a liquid plastic additive are mixed to improve the quality of the concrete. An emulsion is created.
The fine concrete screed is mixed with about 1 liter of the emulsion . You always let the cement mix trickle into the liquid, never the other way around. Otherwise there will be no smooth mass.
The concrete is mixed with a mixer in front of the drill.
The aralia leaf underside provides structure. It is sprayed with oil so that it can be removed more easily from the concrete later.
The concrete is distributed on the sheet from the center.
Brush the tips of the leaves without air pockets if possible.
If you hit the edge , air bubbles escape, the mixture becomes denser, the result better.
With lightning cement , the stepping stone can fall out of the mold after about 1.5 hours .
A small knife will help loosen the sheet from the surface. Leftovers are simply scraped out.
The fine structure can be seen wonderfully up close.
Tip: The leather fern from the florist makes particularly beautiful impressions in the concrete – but only when all the leaves are really flat. To do this, press a damp tea towel and the hot iron several times on each frond until everything is flat. This also works with ivy and Oregon grape.
Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and construction.