Father’s Day is quickly approaching. If you’re looking for a gift to give dad that’s memorable and inexpensive, read along!
I give you my recipe for a DIY Stepping Stone.
You Will Need:
-Aluminum roasting pan (dollar store purchase)
-River rocks and glass stones (dollar store or craft store)
-Cement Compound (hardware store or craft store)
Timing is very important for this craft. You will need to purchase good quality cement compound, and get one that is fairly quick drying or you’ll be waiting forever. It really is a two person job, especially if you’re using a small child or baby for the footprints. Once the concrete starts to set, you only have a few minutes to work!
Mix your concrete in a pail or bucket and once it’s smooth, pour into the aluminum trays and allow to set. Keep checking on it. Depending on the type of cement you purchased, this could take minutes or hours. We aimed for one that dried in 30 minutes. When you see it’s setting, stamp your child’s footprints and really press them in so you get a solid imprint.
Make sure one person washes your child’s feet right away, while the other decorates the rest of the stone with river rock and glass stone. You can opt to make a design, a mosaic or just scatter. I added the date to the bottom with a crayon.
That’s it! Now you need to be patient and allow the stone to dry for at least 24-48 hours. Once it’s dry, you can simply pull the aluminium tray away from the stone and chip off any sharp edges with your family.
The cement stepping stone is already weather proof and ready for the garden!
This makes a great, personalized gift for Father’s Day 2014!