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itsnikki
« on: May 09, 2006 03:27:49 AM »

I was just thinking... and I don't have any pictures of this, but I remembered my mom and step dad doing this:

They took some cement, I don't know if it was the quicker drying or not, it probably was, though.... and some little cheap cake pans from dollar general and made stepping stones.

I don't know exactly how they did this, even though they told me, I forgot.. haha. But I think you just pour it in, and decorate it, but I don't know how you get it out. And you could decorate with little marbles and things, it's really a cute idea!:)

....Just something to think about. I guess someone else might be able to elaborate on this idea some..
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2006 06:49:38 AM »


In some magazine I saw, they used pizza boxes! They ended up with square stepping stones, but the idea was the same.
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IamSusie
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2006 07:05:15 AM »

My kids made these at school and then we made some for a Mother's Day gift one year.  They are pretty easy.  I bought those colored glass marbles in various colors so the kids could make designs.  We purchased the cement right at the craft store and mixed it in a bucket.

They put their handprint in the middle.  I found stamps that are designed for this type of thing, so we stamped in their name and the year.  My brother's friend made him one with mosaic tiles.

They really are easy to do, but do it outside, the cement is messy.  You just mix the cement with water, pour it into any plastic or cardboard mold you can find, when it sets up just enough, you can start decorating it.  I used those plastic pans available at garden centers that you use under house plants to catch the water.

You have to leave them alone for 24 hours to let them set up and they do just pop right out of the plastic. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2006 07:23:12 AM »


This site has detailed instructions....... .

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/gl_design_paths_walkways/article/0,1785,HGTV_3567_1379083,00.html

They suggest IamSusie's idea of plastic plant saucers too.


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bilblio
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2006 11:51:52 AM »

Thanks for the inspiration.
I'm going to be needing some stepping stones soon when I dig up my little patch of grass. I've been looking out for stepping stones but they're all boring and expensive.
Now I can start saving pizza boxes, and looking for fun things to embed in them.
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IamSusie
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2006 12:37:07 PM »

I saw someplace that you can embed little plastic tidbits like army men, rings and stuff like that.  You just have to press them down enough so the cement can hang onto them. 
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