Creating a Garden Stepping Stone


When the bottom fell out of the box and several of the plates got broken, I decided to turn lemons into lemonade.
How to make a Garden Stepping Stone
Cover the sides and bottom of an old cake pan with Petroleum Jelly for easy removal.
Arrange the pieces of the broke china pattern side down in the bottom of the pan. Make sure to use the flattest pieces.
Add glass stones in between the pieces for added color and interest.
Mix a quick setting cement according to the directions on the package.
Fill pan with cement approx. an 1 thick.
Shake pan a little to fill in the gaps and smooth.
Allow a couple hours for the stones to set.
Remove stepping stones from the pans and clean excess cement from the top of the stones with a stiff wire brush and water.
Allow a few days for the cement to cure before sitting outside in your garden.

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Sue Eldred

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  • Bonnie Marcum Plumlee
    on Jan 11, 2019

    Can u walk on them or just for looks i need to make a bunch to walk on something pretty

    • JoeAnna Taylor
      on Sep 30, 2019

      I make them all the time. Molds for these are relatively inexpensive and about 2 inches thick. Plastic it silicone makes it easier to remove. Wait time naturally is longer.....

  • Joan
    on May 30, 2019

    How deep should the cement be..and do you wait for it to set a bit before adding the broken dish..thanks

    • JoeAnna Taylor
      on Sep 30, 2019

      Putting glass globs, stained glass in first and broken crockery first is better as if you wait too long on top, they fall out a lot of times. Also, it seems safer on the bottom as the sharp edges of plates would in more covered by concrete. In the past, I have used the glass marbles and such as well as stained glass on top...I want to try putting it in first.

  • Lynn Andersen
    on Jan 14, 2020

    Don’t the shards cut your feet if actually walking on them?

    • Sue Eldred
      on Jan 14, 2020

      On mine, most of the edges are in the concrete. I've never walked on them barefooted.

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