How To Make Stamped Garden Stepping Stones

11 Materials
2 Days

Do you need some garden stepping stones, but you want something cute with lots of character?! Make your own! I love the unique pattern that we stamped into these garden stepping stones. They were so fun and easy to make!

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Even if you’ve never done a DIY project with concrete before, these stepping stones are seriously SO easy!

Step 1: Build stepping stone mold. We decided to build 1 foot square stepping stones, so we cut our 2×3 pieces down to size so that the inside measurements would be 12 inches wide and 12 inches tall. 

For the bottom of the mold, cut a piece of plywood 12x12 that fits tightly inside the mold. This is to prevent the concrete from spilling out the bottom.

Step 2: Cut rubber mat down to size (12x12 inches)

Step 3: Mix concrete. Grab a bucket, your bag of cement and a trowel for mixing. Add water while stirring until you get the right consistency. Be sure you only mix enough for one stepping stone at a time (which I would estimate is about 1/4 of the bag or so).

Step 4: Pour concrete into garden stepping mold (with the plywood added to the bottom of the mold). Next just simply pour the concrete into your wooden mold.

Be sure to leave about 1/2″ or so at the top to allow room for the rubber door stamp. After you fill the mold, tap the edges of the wooden mold with a rubber mallet several times.

Step 5: Wait until the concrete sets up a little bit and then add the rubber mat as a stamp. Lightly lay the rubber door mat stamp on top and then gently press another 12x12 plywood square on top of the rubber door mat and press down evenly. The extra piece of plywood helps press the mat down evenly and level.

Note: Leave the rubber mat on while drying.

Step 6: Let dry. Drying times will vary based on your weather and humidity levels, but we left it one day.

Step 7: Remove doormat and unscrew mold.

Note: I did not have any troubles with the doormat, plywood or mold sticking to the concrete.

Now you can put your cute garden stepping stone in place and enjoy!

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  • Ellis Ellis on Mar 04, 2021

    Very nice. But doesn't doing it this way mean you can only make one per day?

  • Eileen Douglas Eileen Douglas on Aug 16, 2021

    Question: It says nothing in the directions about what to do with the screws.

  • Elizabeth Huerta Elizabeth Huerta on May 07, 2022

    It says at the end to "unscrew the mold." But where does it indicate when, where or how to put the screws in?

    Also, does the plywood come off or stay attached to the concrete?

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  • Barbara Buchan Barbara Buchan on Jun 01, 2022

    For a circlar stepping stone, you can use a 5 gal. bucket, cut in rings

    Add Dollar Tree glass "stones" or seashells or broken pottery or tea cup

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    • Dee Dee on Jun 08, 2022

      Perfect! I didn't want to try and make a mold (no hubby lol). A bucket works for me!

  • Ann Ann on Jun 01, 2022

    We did something similar but hubby made 5 or 6 molds so that we could do a whole bag of concrete at one time.