How to Make Cement & Stained Glass Stepping Stones

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Make cement and stained glass stepping stones to give character and charm to your yard or walkway. While stone pavers and bricks can become expensive to use, you can make stepping stones inexpensively. Create beautiful designs using pieces of stained glass and other mosaic glass pieces set in concrete. Design ideas include memorials of a pet, remembering special days or scenes of flowers and animals.

Things You'll Need

  • Stepping stone mold
  • Clear contact paper
  • Safety glasses
  • Stained glass pieces
  • Glass and tile cutting pliers
  • Hardware cloth
  • Wire cutters
  • Dust mask
  • Quick cement mix
  • Bucket or dishpan
  • Trowel
  • Mold release or petroleum jelly
  • Sturdy board
  • Plastic sheeting

Making the Design

  • Trace the mold's shape onto the paper-side of the contact paper. Cut the shape out 1/4 inch inside the traced line.

  • Draw the design you wish to make on the paper. It needs to be drawn in reverse, especially if using lettering in the design. Designs can vary upon your preferences including symbols, animals, plants, scenes or geometric patterns.

  • Peel the paper from the contact paper and place it under the contact paper with the design side against the contact paper's smooth side and the sticky side up facing up.

  • Place the stained glass pieces over the design, front sides facing downward, leaving space between each piece. Cut the stain glass with cutting pliers as needed while wearing safety glasses to create shapes that will fill in the design outlines like a mosaic. The sticky contact paper will hold the pieces in place.

  • Trace and cut a piece of hard cloth in the shape, 2 inches smaller in diameter, of the mold.

Pouring the Stepping Stone

  • Mix the cement according to the manufacturer instructions in the bucket or dishpan. Be sure to wear a dust mask and safety glasses. Add only a little water at a time until you have a mixture that resembles soft dough, not crumbled or runny.

  • Grease the mold with mold release or petroleum jelly and then lay the design in the bottom with the sticky side facing upward.

  • Scoop up small amounts of cement and place it into the mold. Smooth it out and around the stained glass pieces.

  • Fill the mold half way before placing the hard cloth into the mold by laying it over the wet concrete.

  • Finish filling the mold with cement and smooth out the surface.

Finishing the Stone

  • Set the stepping stone on a flat surface and let it dry in a sunny place for six to 12 hours.

  • Place the board on top of the mold and flip it over. Lift the mold from the stepping stone.

  • Pull the contact paper gently off the stepping stone. Clean the surface with a paper towel if needed.

  • Allow the stepping stone to cure for three days covered with plastic sheeting, followed by seven days in the sun.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can find cut pieces of stained glass along with other mosaic supplies at local chain craft stores.
  • Mix stained glass with flat glass marbles and tiles for more variety in your designs.

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References

  • Photo Credit mosaic image by Stanisa Martinovic from Fotolia.com
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