A stepping-stone kit offers a simple way to make one or two stepping stones for your garden. These kits typically include the mold, instructions, a few add-in embellishments and a stepping stone mix.
To use a kit, select a space, ideally outdoors, where you can mix and pour the concrete or stepping-stone mixture, and allow it to harden overnight without it being disturbed.
Things You Will Need
- Plastic tarp or newspaper
- Plastic cup of water
- Disposable bowl or pan
- Rubber gloves
- Dust mask
Select a work area, ideally outdoors on a dry day. If you must work inside, cover the workspace with a plastic tarp or newspaper.
Set the stepping stone mold atop the work area, along with all the items from the kit -- the powdered mix and a stirrer. Fill a large plastic cup with water for the project to get ready, and set a separate disposable bowl or pan nearby to mix the cement.
Put on rubber gloves and a dust mask, if they were not included in your kit.
Mix It Up
- Pour the stepping-stone powdered mix into a shallow pan, unless your kit recommends pouring it directly into the mold; some do. In that case, pour half of the powder into the mold.
- Add water, a few tablespoons at a time, stirring the mixture with the stir stick as you work. Continue adding water -- and the remaining dry powder, if pouring directly into the mold -- until the solution resembles a thick batter.
- Pour the wet cement into the mold slowly, allowing the cement to fill in any details within the mold design. Fill the mold to the top. Once the mold is full -- or if you've worked in the mold the entire time -- smooth the top of the cement slightly with the stir stick.
- Allow the cement to harden for **24 hours or as recommended** on the stepping stone mix package; the curing time depends upon the materials used in the mix.
- Place one hand on top of the hardened cement and flip the mold over. Flex or tap the mold to release the stepping stone.