Homemade Stepping Stones

Making your own stepping stones is an easy and fun way to have a unique and artistic twist in your garden or yard. You can re-purpose discarded materials into something new and beautiful again. It's super easy to transform part of your yard into a paradise of creative energy. Click here to see how we turned ours into a gorgeous, one of a kind patio.

The first thing you'll need to do to make your own stepping stones, is to get some paver molds. Click here to see the ones we used. afflnk. It's easiest to create a patio with square molds, but there are many shapes of molds available.

Mix up some concrete for the molds. You'll want to use quickcrete so it sets up quickly. If you just want to make one paver, you can get small boxes of concrete from your local craft store, but they are much more expensive. In our community, a box of concrete for one stone is $8 and a bag of quickcrete, 80 lbs. is $4. If you use an 80 pound bag of quickcrete, you can make 26 stepping stones.

If you are planning to do a whole patio like we did, I suggest you get 26 of the same shape molds because it's really hard to divide bags of concrete. You can also get bigger molds to make larger stones.

Mix your concrete in a wheelbarrow or bucket, and make sure to rinse everything clean as soon as you are done filling your molds so the concrete doesn't set up on your tools.

Next, you need to fill your molds with a couple of scoops of wet concrete.

Then drop the mold several times on your surface to flatten the material and get out the air bubbles. Now you are ready to create. You will have about 20-30 minutes to make your creations before they start to set.

You can use any type of material in your stones. We used a lot of broken glass. Make sure you put all the sharp edges of the glass down into the concrete so your stones won't have sharp edges exposed.

You can create with pretty much anything you can imagine. We got many rocks, tiles, and marbles that people were discarding. When they found out about our project, they gave us the materials and they didn't end up in the landfill. Score!
We also used keepsakes such as some broken pieces of my grandma's china that my sister brought. Those pieces are extra special. We did hand print stones and paw print stones too.

*Note, anything you put in your stones needs to be pressed in well because the concrete does shrink slightly and if you don't have the pressed far enough in, they will fall out when your creation is dry.

This is a great activity for parties and get togethers. We made stepping stones at a Mom's night out, our family Easter party, and had guests over in the evenings as well as used them for art projects at my in-home preschool. It's so much fun to create together.

Next, you place your stones on a flat surface to dry. After about 24 hours, you can pop them out of the molds. Then they need to cure for about two weeks before they are used or any weight or pressure is put on them. Then you can enjoy them for years and years to come!

Check out the blog to see how we made 507 homemade stones to create this patio. Find the link at the top of this page.

This patio is one of our fondest gathering places.
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  • Sandy
    on Mar 8, 2019

    What would you use to color your stones!??! Could throw away foil pans be used ????

    • Liz
      on Apr 13, 2019

      I also use old buckets, square, plastic ice cream tubs.etc. Just spray with Pam pour in an inch or so, wait for a day then dump them out.

  • Judithcausey
    on Apr 13, 2019

    Do you buy 26 molds and do all at once, or one at a time? If you do one, does the rest of the concrete harden?

    How heavy is one paver?

    How much is 26 molds?

    I love the look.

    • C
      on Apr 25, 2019

      If you do not want to buy that many molds, use 1 or 2. Mix just enough concrete for those molds, decorate, and allow to dry for 12-24 hrs. When you remove the molds, wash them out and make another batch. It takes about 30 days or longer for concrete to fully cure, but you can certainly place them prior to 30 days. When you mix concrete, do a "slump test". Fill a small container and dump it. If it holds its shape, the concrete is the right consistency. If it does not hold its shape, you need more mix because it is too soupy. You can search online for YouTube videos on how to perform a slump test if you are not sure. If you wish to color your concrete, that has to be done when mixing. You can purchase many colors for the concrete. For more info, see: https://www.concretenetwork.com/products-dyes/

      I suggest creating a good base for your patio. You should dig down several inches and place medium (3/4-inch crushed stone) gravel, bedding sand or very fine gravel, then your created blocks. If you live in an area with NO freezing, you can usually get away with digging the grass, weeds, and roots out and laying the blocks on a layer of landscape fabric (or geotextile material) ....unless you have clay soil. Then you need more some sand/gravel under the pavers. If you live in areas that freeze, you MUST use a good layer of gravel with either sand or fine gravel on top of that. How thick your layers are should be based on the depth of freezing for your area. For some, it is 9.5 inches of gravel. Generally, 1-inch of sand is sufficient (or very fine gravel). Put the very fine gravel or sand on top of the medium-sized gravel. Make sure to tamp the gravel and the sand well before adding the pavers, then tamp again.

      Happy DIY-ing!


  • Virginia
    on Apr 26, 2019

    How do they hold up after a winter?

    • Little Sprouts Learning
      on Apr 26, 2019

      We've had this patio for 7 years now, they are all in great condition. Like noted in the post, you have to push the decorations down into the concrete, if you set them on top, they will come off during the weather, but all the ones that were made correctly still have all of their decorations all these years later.

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  • Maymay
    on May 13, 2019

    Great idea. I will be trying this for my back yard project soon

  • Julie
    7 days ago

    Yes I'm going to try this. Thank you. I was thinking of trying those plant trays , do you think they are strong enough to hold the cement in place?

    • I imagine they would be fine. The molds you buy for it are not super sturdy. It doesn't take much to make a form. Good luck on your project.

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