Create your own gorgeous swirly mosaic garden stones with this step by step tutorial!
These fun stepping stones will take about an hour of your creative talents to put together and need a little bit of drying time.
Plastic Tub/ bucket or other forms- (such as an 8″ aluminum pan from the dollar store)
Pieces of Tile
PVA glue diluted 50%/50% with water
Sketch Equal to the diameter of the container
Cement (to be prepared immediately prior to pouring)
**Optional** Chicken Wire
Sketch out the pattern you want to use and make sure it fits in the bottom of your mold. Apply the diluted PVA glue to the sketched design and adhere the tile pieces (using the cutters as needed to trim pieces) You want the decorative side of the tile to be facing down, not up on the paper, unless it is textured and you want the SMOOTH side of the glass to be level with the stone surface like the ones pictured.
Continue until all the pieces have been adhered to the sketch, like so:
Lightly oil the inside of your mold, whether this is a plastic bucket or aluminum pan from the dollar store. Place the mosaic paper side down and add the cement, ensuring all the gaps are filled.
If you want really strong stepping stones you can pour half the cement into the mold over the mosaic, then add a piece of cut chicken wire, then cover completely with more cement.
Smooth the surface ( paint stick works well for this) and leave it to dry out of direct sunlight (which will cause cracking)
When dry (this depends on the type of cement you used) invert the mold.
Now carefully peel off the paper. We used parchment paper for our project.
Use a sponge dipped in lukewarm water to remove any excess paper or glue from the tiles.
Here are the finished stones! Let them fully harden for at least 1 week before actually stepping on them.
Here is a side view of the stone, these can be smoothed if needed. Please note, if you use an aluminum cake pan the sides will take on the texture of the cake pan.
Feel free to share your photos of your finished stepping stones too!
If you enjoyed the Mosaic Stepping Stone Project above, you might also enjoy these additional ideas:
- DIY Giant Leaf Stepping Stones
- Learn how to build your own Faux Stone walkway for about $40
- Garden Enhancements, using what you have on hand