Giant Leaf Stepping Stones

5 Materials
1 Hour

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

- Cardboard

- 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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Have a question about this project?

3 of 16 questions
  • Kathy Schultz Tribble
    on Jun 25, 2019

    With as thin as these are I cannot see them not cracking when someone steps on them.

  • Elizabeth
    on Jun 25, 2019

    Can these be painted or aged to give a less skeletal look?

    • Lola
      on Jun 19, 2020

      Paint them, they look beautiful. I made some small and large as decor in my house. I made some Fall colors and some green. I love them. I sprayed them with clear poly after.

  • Annette
    on Jul 10, 2019

    Can I mold this process into a bowl

    • Lola
      on Jun 19, 2020

      Yes, use a wet mound of dirt to lay the leaf over. The cement will weigh leaf down and hold the mound shape. I did a cabbage leaf, came out great and held the round shape just fine. I painted it cabbage colors and put my two little bunnies in it for Spring decor.

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  • Carolyn Young
    on Jun 19, 2020

    I might dig a shallow area of ground and pour the cement into it. Next, add leaves (large & small, whatever you like) on top of the cement & push the vein side into the wet cement . Different leaf direction would be more creative & natural. You can water down acrylic paint after it dries & stipple it on lightly in greens, golds, browns, even reds. Mix colors or stick with 1-3 shades (monotone).

    I hope I don’t need to buy a huge bag of cement.

  • Janice Timmermans
    on Jun 19, 2020

    Done this

    You may want to put some chicken wire down in the middle (depth) of the concrete to prevent breaking. We have lost several that did not have the chicken wire to support the weight of the concrete

    But you will love the leaves. We actually used rhubarb leaves and put them on a stand to create a bird bath!

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