Painted Garden Stepping Stone

Create a little fun and whimsy in your Garden with a Bloom Garden Stepping Stone.

My garden stone was recently featured in Craft Ideas Magazine's 2017 Garden Issue.

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1. Cover the sides and bottom of an old cake pan with Petroleum Jelly for easy removal.

2. Mix Rapid Set Concrete Mix according to manufacturer’s instructions. Fill pan with cement approx. 1″ thick. Shake pan a little to fill in the gaps and smooth. Allow a couple hours for cement to set before removing from the pan. Let the cement stone dry for a day or two before painting.

3. To create a better surface for painting and stenciling, paint cement stone first with Multi-Purpose Sealer. 

4. Mix together Night Sky and Cotton Ball acrylic paint and basecoat the top and sides of the stone.

5. Tear a piece of white cardstock with an irregular edge as shown to create a mask stencil for  cloud background.

6.  Place cloud mask stencil onto stone and paint with an upward motion.

Move mask stencil around stone to paint additional clouds and let dry.

7. Stencil bloom flower using a mixture of Watermelon Slice and Marigold and stencil “bloom” with Night Sky as shown. Paint leaves Woodland Green and let dry.

8. Apply varnish using paintbrush over stone to help protect the stone from the outdoor elements.

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Sue Eldred

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Have a question about this project?

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  • Karen
    on Jun 1, 2017

    Do you think it would be possible to maybe put something in the pan first like glass stones or shells and then pour the concrete over?
  • Rosanna Scarola
    on Jun 3, 2017

    Could these be used as stepping stones if the pan were bigger? Or would they be to thin? I can't find bigger round stepping stones and I'm considering making them myself!
    • Vanessa
      on Jun 11, 2017

      I use the clear drip pans that are made for House Plants. They're plastic and hold up well so they can be re-used a lot.
  • Robin
    on Jun 8, 2017

    I tried using the petroleum jelly for your project and it didn't work. The pan got real hot after pouring the cement in and it's like it melted all of it. I had to break the pan just to get the stone out. Next, I even tried WD-40 and it still stuck to a new pan and had to break the pan to get out. So, I'm asking, what am I doing wrong? How much jelly do you use? Also, what do you use to smooth the top of the cement when it's still in the pan wet?
    • Kelly
      on Jun 6, 2018

      I sprayed my mold with Pam & I did’nt have an issues getting it out of the mold.

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  • Sue Eldred
    on Jun 3, 2017

    I guess it depends on how big you want them. Mine are only about an 1" to 2" deep.
  • Linda
    on Jun 16, 2017

    I made stepping stones like this using those large plastic saucers that you put under plants to catch the water. Cheap and you can throw away. You can get several to make all at one time.
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