I have had stepping stones on our list of projects for a very long time. A few weeks before Mother's Day, Elora and I stopped by Home Depot and chose a bag of cement. I picked one that had a faster drying time. However, I read enough tips on the Internet ahead of time to know that the fastest drying ones generally dry too fast for the kids to work with it. The one I selected was right around $5. Lifting an 80lb bag is harder than I thought it would be.
Next came the decorations...
I already had some lovely table scatter hearts from Target's dollar bin. I also ordered some seashells from Amazon and found cheap glass beads at Wal-Mart.
I was thrilled when I found this post from Pink and Green Mama. I had intended to purchase molds and honestly, they weren't that economical. I never dreamed that cardboard boxes would be sufficient. I was able to procure a number of smaller ones.
Mixing the concrete wasn't as bad as I imagined. For those who are handy in the kitchen, it's similar to making frosting. It seems like the liquid you add isn't doing much at first but keep mixing. I eventually reached the desired consistency which was a bit wetter than cookie dough. The entire 80lb bag filled 10 boxes.
|Filling the boxes.|
|I only had to jiggle the boxes a little to get a smooth surface.|
|William is decorating his set.|
|Both children are hard at work.|
|Elora was very meticulous about her decorating.|
|Each one was unique and beautiful.|
As they finished each stone, I used the end of a metal shish-kebob stake to write on them. I think it would have worked a bit better if I had waited until it had hardened a bit. In fact, I fixed the writing on a number of them about an hour after they had been poured.
|I added the name and year to each one.|
And of course, make sure you clean your supplies thoroughly afterwards. Always put your mixing bin away, lest someone would trip on it and fall inside.
|Lockelan took a slight tumble into the clean bin. And don't worry, he wasn't hurt or I wouldn't have whipped out the camera.|
|I snagged these beauties for my garden which needs weeded.|
And in case you're wondering what I recieved; well, here is the best Birthday, Mother's Day and Anniversary combo gift I ever received!