Giant Leaf Stepping Stones
These decorative garden stepping stones add the perfect amount of whimsy to my side garden. You won't believe how simple they are to make using a giant plant leaf of your choice. Give it a try for yourself!
- Large Plant Leaf (of your choice)
- Powder Concrete Mix
-Spatula, Spoon or Putty Knife
- Paint (optional)
Step 1: Mix up the cement into a thick paste in a large container.
Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging. Remember to disposable plastic gloves and mix outside - this stuff can be messy!
Step 2: Position Your Leaf (veiny side-up).
For each stone, lay one leaf flat on a large piece of cardboard. The leaf's veiny reverse side should be facing up.
Step 3: Spread Cement on the Leaf.
Using your spatula, putty knife or spoon, spread the cement all over the leaf. This layer should be about 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick at the edges and at least 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) thick at the center for best results.
Step 4: Smooth around the edges and over the entire surface with your gloved fingers or knife. Then, leave your concrete leaf for about two hours, until it's just dry enough to hold its shape.
Step 5: Carefully, flip your leaf over, so the cement is on the bottom and the leaf is now on top.
Step 6: Remove the Leaf
Slowly, peel away the leaf. This will be easier if the concrete is still a bit wet. Now leave the stone to dry completely for a day or two.
When it's dry, it will look something like this and will have completely hardened into stone form.
Step 7: Lay your stones in your garden or create a stepping stone pathway from one spot to another in your own yard!
You can paint your stones or leaf them with the 'au naturel' cement look. For more permanent stones, dig about an inch into the ground and 'plant' your stones into the soil.
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