DIY Stepping Stone With Secret Key Hider

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After getting locked out of my house once, I vowed NEVER AGAIN! So I combined two trendy DIYs- stepping stones and mosaics- and added a secret key hider underneath.
Click HERE for the full tutorial...including my secret trick for a fool proof stepping stone!
Creating your own decorative stepping stones is as simple as it gets, starting with an old cake pan from your kitchen or the thrift store.
To make it pretty, I created a mosaic design on clear, adhesive plastic, placed it in the bottom of my cake pan, and began to fill the pan with mixed up quik-crete.
Check out my blog for my secret trick for a perfect mosaic design AND a fool-proof stepping stone.
After the mixed concrete was in the pan, I stuck a child-proof pill bottle upside-down in the wet concrete.
I let it sit for 36 hours before easily removing it from the pan. And just like that, I have a secret place for my house key! And it looks awfully pretty in my yard, too.
And before you ask- don't worry! I'm not actually using THIS exact stone for my house/yard, now that I put it online. I made several different stones- some as gifts and one for us. :)
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  • Barbara Lyons
    on Aug 7, 2019

    What do you do in winter when stone is frozen in the ground?

    • Gemma Lynn Minihan
      on Oct 22, 2019

      Just make the hole for the bottle a little wider or wrap it in tin foil so it slides out easily

  • Dpbeee2
    on Aug 8, 2019

    Nice job! I want to try this soon. Do these homemade stones really hold up without crumbling through rain and freezing weather? I live in Virginia’s Tidewater area. Our winters are not severe, its wet here. Little snow, and we get our share of rain.

  • Beverly
    on Feb 3, 2020

    Do you coat the whole piece once done with a sealing spray or something ?

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