How to Make a Handprint Stepping Stone

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Joanne Mendes

    About the Author

    Joanne Mendes has been professionally writing since 2007 and began specializing in education topics in 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master's degree from Chatham University.

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    Handprint stepping stones are an artistic and easy way to create family heirlooms for the garden or backyard. They're a simple family project that everyone is sure to love, they're inexpensive to make and most of the tools needed to create them are found around the house. There are only a few simple steps involved in making a sweet garden piece that will last for generations.

    Things You'll Need

    • Newspaper
    • Rubber gloves
    • Scissors
    • Old window screen
    • Stepping stone mold
    • Cooking spray
    • Old bucket
    • Stepping stone mix
    • Measuring cup
    • Water
    • Large spoon
    • Pointed stick
    • Embellishments, such as pebbles, pieces of tile or marbles
    • Concrete sealant

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    Cover your work surface with newspapers. Arrange the stepping stone supplies nearby and put on the rubber gloves.

    Cut a piece of old window screen to fit the inside the mold. This step will add extra strength to the stepping stone.

    Place the stepping stone mold on your work surface. If using a metal mold, spray the inside of the mold with cooking spray.

    Measure the proper amounts of stepping stone concrete and water into the bucket using the manufacturer's instructions on the concrete packaging. Stir with the large spoon.

    Fill the mold halfway with the concrete mixture, smoothing it with the spoon as you go. Lay the piece of window screen on top.

    Add more concrete to the mold until it is full. Smooth the concrete so there is a flat surface. Tap around the sides of the mold to remove air pockets. Set the mold aside for 30 to 60 minutes until the concrete begins to set.

    Help your child gently press his hand firmly into the concrete, deep enough to make a detailed impression.

    Use a pointed stick to write the child's name and date in the concrete. Decorate with embellishments.

    Allow the stepping stone to dry for 2 to 3 days then invert the mold and apply gentle pressure to remove the stepping stone.

    Allow the stone to dry for an additional week then coat it with a concrete sealant before placing it in your garden.

    • Use common household items such as aluminum pie plates or plant tray liners as stepping stone molds. Create more colorful stones by introducing a cement dye into your stepping stone concrete during the mixing process.
    • Wear old clothing and use protective eyewear when working with concrete.