Stepping Stones

3 Materials
4 Days

I did make leaves with concrete for my frontyard as stepping stones... But I also wanted steppingstones for the backyard, and I was tired of leaves. One night at around 3.30h I woke up ...and I knew what I would do

First steps for my steps

Got me all kind of plastic buckets and bowls and glued tea lights, the little ones with the aluminum foil covers, with the waxy side down into my buckets. Then I brushed a little oil over the tealights and inside the buckets. Filled it with cement about a finger high over the tealights, because I did not want to have the holes go all the way through and have the grass grow through them. In the small bowls I used bottle caps. Did not work good, because they get so stuck, the end pieces break. I did let the cement dry for a few days in the buckets

those are my leaves

for the front yard

Back to the molds with bucket and bowls

Those are the first ones I took out --- buttons.It worked so good with those tealights, because when they get stuck in the cement, all you need to do is scratch out the wax and you can peel the aluminum foil out easily

And that what it looks like now -

- to the delight of my grandchild who hops from one to the other. 

I painted them with paint from the builders market. I do not really know the word for them. It is colours that you can use to mix into a bucket of white paint to get the colour you want to paint your house with. So far they have kept the colours through rain and sun.

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  • Karen Saniel-Banrey Karen Saniel-Banrey on May 13, 2021

    Are those tea lights flameless? If not, don't the flames burn your grandchild's feet when he steps on them?

  • Rosemary Rosemary on Jun 23, 2021

    These are adorable and would add the cutest touch to my yard. I was thinking, however, that the holes would get dirt, etc. in them and distract from their look. Do you think it would work to fill them with epoxy, or something else that would dry clear?

    Any ideas anybody?

  • Autumn Titensor Goodwin Autumn Titensor Goodwin on Jul 15, 2021

    I wonder if you could tint the concrete/cement when it's wet to get the different colors?


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  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 07, 2020

    When doing the leaves it helps to have a bunch of wet sand in a mound underneath a plastic sheet you put the leaf over that then do the cement/concrete It keeps the leaf in its shape

    • Jackson Jackson on Oct 08, 2020

      @ Michelle, it helps if you want to make a bowl. If you want flat stones, like I made as stepping stones for my yard, they should lay flat on the ground.

  • Nicki Petruzzella Kerns Nicki Petruzzella Kerns on May 26, 2021

    These are darling! I love to sew, as do many of my friends. I think I know what I'm making them for Christmas this year. :-)

    • Jackson Jackson on May 27, 2021

      Will you let me see that, then? I would be very interested, even though I cannot sew.