Mosaic stepping stones can be a great way to brighten up your garden or outdoor space. But did you know they are simple and fun to make using the indirect method which requires no gluing or grouting! I love that! In this post I am going to show you how to make them.
- Round stepping stone mold
- Some kind of cement. I usually use thin set
- Stained glass and/or gems to complete your design
- Contact paper
- Wheeled nippers
- * Scissors
Step 1 – Preparation:
- Trace an outline of the mold onto the contact paper. Trim the paper to the size of the mold. The paper should fit closely inside the mold. Keep the backing on the contact paper and place to the side for now.
- Use a paper towel to apply a thin layer of Vaseline to the inside of the mold.
Step 2 – Design:
- Plan out your design. Just remember to keep it simple. Peel the back off the contact paper and place in the mold sticky side up over the pattern, placed under the clear mold.
- Cut the stained glass pieces to fit your pattern shapes using wheeled nippers. Make sure to put the desired side of the glass face down.
- Place and press all pieces slightly apart on the contact paper and in from the mold’s edge to allow room for the cement.
Step 3 – Pouring the cement:
- Mix the cement according to the directions on the bag. Make sure you wear a dust mask while mixing the cement.
- Pour the cement evenly into the mold. Shake the mold for 1 minute to release the air bubbles. Do not move the mold while the cement is drying!
- Wait for the cement to harden (it usually will dry if you leave it overnight but this depends on the of cement you use & weather conditions). Remove the stone by turning the mold over & releasing the edges.
- Peel off the contact paper & remove any excess cement off the glass with a paper towel, sponge or craft knife.
- If there are any air holes in the cement, mix a small amount of cement and rub into the holes with a circular motion.
- Allow the cement to set.
- Enjoy your new creation!
Not only are mosaic stepping stones a great way to bring some character to you outdoor area, but they have practical uses as well. They can help guild you through without stepping on plants and they are good at helping you walk through your garden without stepping into mud. You can make them to personalize your garden at a low cost and a minimal amount of time. If you want, you can make enough to create a nice walkway!