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!
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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  • Vich Vich on Jun 08, 2021

    Why not just bury the bottle with the key 1/2" under the dirt under a stone or stepping stone? That way if someone moves the stone they won't stumble onto a key.

  • 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

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