Stepping Stones

by Jackson
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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  • Gbe69776730 Gbe69776730 on Sep 25, 2022

    use a rectangle plastic box and make lego shaped stepping stones?.

  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Sep 25, 2022

    I don't understand about the tea lights. I don't see them. If they are in the "button" shape things won't they break when walked on?

  • Brenda Brenda on Sep 25, 2022

    Hi there! I'm an admirer from Oklahoma's T-Town and am always looking for something whimsical for the garden. The materials cost on this post is shown as $30. How many buttons did you make for that $30? Can you provide a breakdown on the cost? Your tip about easy removal of the wax/candles has opened up a realm of possibilities using aluminum foil and melted wax to create any impression my imagination comes up with!!! Your instruction were concise, complete and easy to follow. Your warning about the difficulty in removing the bottle caps is much appreciated for the headache it saved me from. I'll be experimenting with different wraps (think foil, parchment paper, plastic wrap from trash bags or grocery bags etc.) Thanks so much for your time spent providing us with this great tutorial!! P. S. I just pushed your follow button. You just found yourself another fan!!!

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  • Jackson Jackson on Sep 26, 2022

    Hello Sunny, yes, that is sometimes a little problem. I have a weed-cutter (the one with a string) that I use around the buttons as an in between. Sometimes I just pick them all up and mow really good. I also considered for next spring to place a long strip of foil, place the buttons on it and cover the rest of the foil with some mulch or small gravel

  • Jackson Jackson on Sep 28, 2022

    @ Tam23726961 yes, I thought about that. But especially the buttons are losing a lot of charm then. Naturally it would be a lot easier.