Friday, May 24, 2013

Adventures in the Garden: Wedding Garden Stepping Stones

For our wedding reception, we decided to design and assemble our own center pieces rather than use flowers. When it was all said and done we were left with a massive amount of center piece supplies - including a 5 gallon bucket of glass stones that were used in the bottom of the vases. Since then I have been looking for creative ways to use these glass stones. With garden season just starting, I decided to use some of the wedding stones and make...
Wedding Garden Stepping Stones Adventures of D and V

The perfect spot to stand while pulling weeds or picking veggies, these stepping stones are also sentimental because the patterns are made using the stones from our wedding centerpieces! Here is how I made them...

Step 1: Gather supplies: Quick Crete (found at Home Depot), roll of wire mesh, disposable pan, stones for decorating, water, gloves, stir stick....and probably some paper towels.

Step 2: Decide how you want you stones to look next to the block. It's very important to have an idea laid out before you mix up the concrete because it sets QUICK!

Step 3: Follow the mixing directions on the Quick Crete bucket and add the appropriate amount of water to the concrete powder. Mix well. 

Step 4: Fill disposable pan half way with mixed Quick Crete. Place a piece of the wire mesh (cut slightly smaller than the pan) on top of the concrete and cover with remaining concrete mix. (The wire mesh, when in the middle of the concrete block will add strength to the block and prevent cracking.)

Step 5: Gently shake or tap the sides of the pan to smooth out the top of the concrete. Places stones in desired pattern on top, gently pushing them in about 1/4 inch to secure them to the top of the stone. 
Wedding Garden Stepping Stones Adventures of D and V

Step 6: Let the stone dry in the pan over night, remove and let cure for another week before setting outside. 

I can't wait to get my hands dirty in the garden (and not my feet, because they will be standing on stepping stones!!) 
Wedding Garden Stepping Stones Adventures of D and V

4 comments:

  1. That is a great idea and so, so cute! Happy weekend!

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  2. Such a great idea!! You could also "tile" a little garden table (whether wooden or metal) with your stones. Maybe add in some broken up colored plates for more color. :)

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  3. This is such a fantastic idea to use up your extra wedding décor bits, especially since you will have them for years to come! I just love it. Thanks so much for linking up to the Craft Challenge 2013 Link Up!

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  4. What a cute idea! I bet they look great in the sun! :-)

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