How We Made Stepping Stone Walkway From Ice Cream Buckets.

We had already purchased molds from Lowe`s that made this pattern. We are using this pattern that will come off the back porch and out to our sitting area with burn pit and adding two hammock chairs.
We did not want everything to be matched, so we had to figure what kind of pattern we wanted.
My hubby is building A bigger shop, that is why everything is in the yard. In the process of cleaning out the old shed we had A lot of empty ice cream buckets and knew someday we would use them for something.
First step,,tear out old walkway.
Second step, cut of bottoms of ice cream buckets at about same distance for all and cover inside of mold with a film of oil so the concrete does not stick and mold will slide much easier.
Then lay them out in the pattern you want, fill with cement and let it cure enough so it will stay together when you take them out of mold, we just used the handles and pulled them off and it worked pretty good.
The next day we added sand between the blocks. They are pretty level, but we are going to let them sit for about two or three weeks and go back and level them out again.
This is what it looks like so far, I put in some shells, bits of glass etc. for A little color here and there.
I will post pics when it is all finished,, but all in all we love it.
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  • Mike Butler
    on May 17, 2020

    Let me get this straight—you want us to spend $25 each on Amazon for square buckets??? And then cut the bottoms off so they can't be used for anything else?? No thanks!!

  • Vickie
    on May 18, 2020

    I couldn't possibly eat that much icecream in a lifetime! I like the purchased molds better!

    • Shirley
      on May 19, 2020

      We had the whole family saving empty ice cream buckets, and took about 6 months to get as many as you see. We also purchased molds, I like those too, just as easy to make and about the same set up time.

  • Maa
    on May 18, 2020

    Did you use pure cement or cement mixed with sand to fill the molds?

    • Shirley
      on May 19, 2020

      We used 80 lb. bags of quikrete from Lowes. No sand was added.

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  • Sherfo
    on May 20, 2020

    I think it's a fabulous idea, results are amazing. Anybody that grocery shops regularly knows that those are the smaller ice cream buckets that go for about 3-4 bucks when you buy ice cream. Love the pooch!

  • Valajay
    on May 21, 2020

    I love the dog!

    project looks nice. good job!

    Thanks for sharing

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