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For this project you will need:
Concrete or your favorite "recipe"
Spray release-I use cheap cooking spray
tub to mix concrete
A leaf or any kind of decorations to adorn your stepping stone (optional)
Spray adhesive or craft glue if you use a leaf
A piece of hardware cloth or chicken wire cut to fit in the middle of the mold
Concrete colorant (optional)
Step 1. Clean and dry the mold.
Step 2. Find a leaf-make it a leaf with a thicker texture like a hosta or tree leaf so that the imprint will show up better.
Step 3. Spray the leaf with adhesive or glue and center it in the middle of the mold.
Step 7. Add some water and colorant (if you want colored concrete) as directed on the package. Do not add all the water at once-just some of it. Too much water weakens the final product.
Step 9. Start adding to the mold (only fill half way)-pressing it in as you add to help release air bubbles.
All done and ready for the cure!
Find a plastic tote or tub that is deep enough and add water to it.
Step 17. Seal your stepping stone with a concrete sealer. I usually apply 3 coats. I use a water based sealer from Rustoleum, use whatever you like. There are a ton of different concrete sealers out there.
This one is already sealed and ready for the outdoors.
Step 18. Place out in your garden.
I hope you enjoy this project-there are a ton of possibilities for personalization with this one, and they would make great gifts. I hope you try this one out the next time you have a spare lid or two in your recycling bin.
So, until next time-Happy Planting!