Posted 7th Mar 2018
If you're helping your little ones find a present for mum on Mother’s Day, this tutorial from Great Little Garden could be ideal
A garden stepping stone, featuring your child’s design or even their handprints, will be a much-appreciated gift that – unlike a bunch of flowers and box of chocolates – will last for many years and be a thoughtful addition to the garden that Mum will cherish.
You will need
A mould – this can be an old cake tin (check with whoever does the baking in the house), an empty cereal box, foil pie tins, old tupperware etc.
Quick-setting concrete – how much you buy depends on how many stones you are hoping to make. You can even buy ‘stepping stone concrete’ at larger craft stores
An old bucket or bowl that you don’t mind throwing away
An old spoon, paint mixing stick or clean stick
Old newspapers and/or drop cloth
Old gloves and an old shirt
Non-stick spray or petroleum jelly
Embellishments – marbles, small toys, sea glass, sparkles, shells, beads, alphabet beads, mosaic pieces, broken crockery etc…
1 Make sure you and your little helper are both covered up with an old shirt or apron. Don your rubber gloves and make sure little hands are protect with old gloves.
2 Cover your working area – ideally outdoors – with old newspapers and/or a drop cloth.
3 Line your mould with cooking spray or petroleum jelly.
4 In the old bucket and with the help of the old spoon, mix up your concrete according to instructions on the bag. You’ll need to estimate the quantity depending on the size of your mould and how many stepping stones you plan to make.
5 Pour concrete mix into mould.
6 Add embellishments to the surfact of the concrete. (if you plan on stepping on the stone, be careful not to leave sharp, uncomfortable edges)
a Create ‘casts’ by making impressions of objects but then removing them from the concrete. Leaves and shells are great for this.
b Wait until the concrete has started to set and then make handprints and/or footprints in the concrete. Make sure hands and/or feet are washed thoroughly straight after.
c Again waiting for the concrete to start setting, use a stick or the spoon handle to write names, dates and messages in the concrete.
Leave the stepping stone to dry for 48 hours, then you have the perfect Mother’s Day gift!
Tutorial courtesy of Great Little Garden