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Friday, August 14, 2009

Daddy Camp: Kid-Friendly Cement Stepping Stones for Your Yard




The last project from Daddy Camp was a huge hit.
The girls made custom garden stepping stones for our garden.




We found the directions at Frugal Family Fun blog.



They re-cycled empty boxes to use as the molds for the cement (genius!!)



My sweet hubby mixed up a batch of quick-drying cement on the deck.
(Hey! Why is that box right on top of my outdoor rug!)
He poured it into the boxes, then the girls added glass stones.



I heard so much giggling out on the deck, I had to wander downstairs and go investigate.
I grabbed my camera and documented the project -- they did a fantastic job.



We have plenty of concrete mix leftover and plan to repeat this project a few more times!!
(I want to try sea shells and buttons next time... and maybe plastic bottle caps?)
They put them out in the sun to dry.
Such a fun and easy project and cheaper than one of those make your own stepping stone kits!

20 comments:

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

we make these alot for the grandparents they love them and can always find places for them and are always asking for more! :)

great daddy camp!

Valerie said...

Your garden stones look fabulous!! I'm so glad you did this, and thanks so much for the link! :-)

Jessica said...

Whenever I see this type of project I recall a disastrous stepping stone activity hosted by one of the moms in my former MOMS Club. She bought super fast curing concrete and the kids couldn't get their decorations in fast enough (before it set!) LOL

We got some decorations in ours but when it dried it cracked in half! :(

I'm glad your stepping stones were successful! :)

Amy said...

That's so sweet your husband does so much! I've made these with my nieces- they are so fun!

dixiebelle said...

Awesome! I had this same idea and was Googling for more information, so thanks for showing me how! Can't wait to get started on ours now... I am also hoping to use mosaic tiles and mosaic mirror squares too... and maybe add colour to the cement mix?

Julie D said...

Do you coat or line the boxes with anything, so the stones don't come out with cardboard on them? Maybe it doesn't stick or does it? Great idea!! Thank you

PCC12 said...

Did you buy your quick dry cement from lowes? Home depot?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

I can't remember which hardware store we bought the quickcrete but we only shop at Lowes or Home Depot so it would be one of them! I'm guessing they both carry it!

Warmly,
MaryLea

Anonymous said...

Do you coat the boxes with anything? :)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Did not have to coat the stones with anything. They pop right out!

Dee said...

Can you give me an idea how much cement you mixed and the number of stones it made? I want to use this for my kids class as a Mother's Day gift but I will have to mix the cement before class.

Thanks.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

They only used part of the bag maybe a third to make the three stepping stones. You can't pre-mix it too far in advance or it will set up and harden. I would recommend recruiting some parent/adult volunteers to help with this one if you're trying to do it with a whole class! You are very brave to do this project at school with a whole class of kids!

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

how big of a bag did you get?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

It was an 80lb bag of quickcrete leftover from setting fence posts in our yard. I'm sorry, I don't know how much of the bag my husband and the girls used, they did it without me and it was over 4 years ago.

christensenshelley said...

My kids and I made these for my mom for Mothers day and she loved them Thanks. We used the tin foil 8x8 pans you get can 2 for $1 at the dollar store.

Jessica Scearcy said...

We did this and used pizza boxes. When doing anything with concrete, it is a good idea to "reinforce" it as they do with walls and slabs...with rebar. Instead of rebar, use old metal coat hangers. Pour a little concrete in the box, then place the hangers in corner to corner and side to side, then put the rest of the concrete in to cover them.

chrissie klem said...

i did this back in grade 4 as a class craft! my mom still has mine in the garden 12+ years later! the only things we did differently was used disposable tinfoil-like pans from the buck store, and layed out our patters in mosaic tile before pouring the cement in. we filled it up halfway and had pre-cut chicken wire to reinforce them then filled the rest of the way, awesome craft!!

it's just temporary said...

our Bible school class did this with pizza boxes. worked great and easy to find

Unknown said...

Is there anyway to let these harden in oven ? Or does this have to be made in summer

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

I would not try to bake concrete in an oven. You can just let it air dry indoors or in a garage, it just may take a bit longer depending on temperature and climate.

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