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!

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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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  • Aubrey Aubrey on Oct 14, 2021

    You do know there are smart keylocks which you can unlock with your phone or just a combination. Having a hide a key I think is a bad idea.However, as long as you can deal with it! You’re good! Why not make an extra set to put in your purse or the console of your car?

  • June Halladay June Halladay on Oct 16, 2021

    Did you check it after it rained? I glued a prescription bottle to the bottom of a rock, and when I checked it, the bottle had water in it! I was still able to use the key, but it has consistently had water in it when I've checked it. Any ideas? I love the concept. I think it would be important to make several, or it might stand out as something to be checked by bad guys! LOL

  • Kathy Wilson Kathy Wilson on Apr 27, 2023

    Very cute .. good idea.. I made stepping stones this way.. in design I put grandchildren names using marbles..

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  • Debbie Stewart Debbie Stewart on Jan 24, 2024

    What a great idea!!! Thank you, I love my stepping stones

  • Wanda Rodgers Wanda Rodgers on Jan 24, 2024

    I really like this idea. In order for the would-be thieves to be deterred, as this idea has been around for a while, make a bunch of these. Leave all the bottles empty except the one where you have your key in. Periodically move the key to a different bottle. You could also do this with a fake or even a real rock.