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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  • 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..

  • Kristy E. Lee Kristy E. Lee on May 09, 2023

    Is it difficult to pop the top on the bottle off? Seems like it might put to much pressure on the lid having the concrete on the lid but I might be wrong

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  • Awake Awake on Apr 27, 2023

    Personally I just bought a digital door knob and it works wonderful and I don’t have to have my house key with me or if I need a neighbor to go in for me to feed my dog I can give them a code

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    • MISSMAC IN TX MISSMAC IN TX on May 19, 2023

      And just like your phone, someone can watch your keypad and obtain your digital key sequence. Digital locks can also be short circuited and defeated

  • J J on Apr 27, 2023

    My dog locked me out by knocking a slider door brace back into the track. Just wearing a nightgown and nothing else. Had to climb over a fence and go across the street to a neighbors house to get help to get back in. So embarrassing. A hidden key to get in would have been perfect!!

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    • Julie Julie on Jul 11, 2023

      Happened to me too… first weekend in my newly purchased home. Went out to the garage in tee shirt & underwear and pulled shut the locked door behind me. Ugh.

      Interesting way to meet new neighbors though, my bottom half wrapped in the only cloth I had available… a hammock! Ha!