Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
Kids are eager gardeners. They love to experiment with colorful flowers, have an adventurous sense of design, and getting dirt... Read more »
Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday snack into something a little extra special. It is great to see how quickly you can a... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
You will need a 12” plastic mold, 7 lbs. of stepping stone mix, wooden mixing paddle (or a paint stirring stick), 1 cup measuring cup, a non-flexible tray (i.e. thick cutting board or cookie sheet), and a utility bucket.
You may purchase your supplies individually which allows you to get exactly what you want when it comes to the embellishments you’ll push into your stone, or you can purchase a stepping stone kit that has all the pieces together in one package. Just be aware that the kits usually don’t supply you with a great number mosaic pieces, so if you go the kit route, you might consider purchasing some extra mosaic pieces prior to mixing your stepping stone mix.
First, you will place the plastic mold onto a cookie sheet or thick cutting board that is large enough to allow the mold to sit completely flat on the surface. This will allow you to move the project, if necessary, during the drying process without having to move the plastic mold itself.
The stepping stone mix stirs up quite a bit of dust when poured into the plastic container, so I suggest you first place a fabric face mask over your nose and mouth. Then, cut open your stepping stone mix and pour it into a utility bucket. Add two cups of water and stir slowly with a wooden stir stick. You want the mix to be the consistency of thick brownie batter. If more water is needed, add one tablespoon at a time. The runnier your mix, the longer it will take your stone to dry completely, so use reservation when adding more than the first 2 cups.
Dump the mix into the mold and use the stir stick to spread evenly into each corner. Once you have the corners filled, pat the remaining mix flat with the palm of your hand. Wash your hands using an outdoor garden hose. Do NOT wash your bucket or residue from your hands down an inside drain. If you are working on this project during inclement weather, rinse your hands in the sink over the mixing so all water falls into the bucket, then dispose of the water outside at a later time.
Once your hands are washed and dried, gently shake the filled mold to distribute the concrete and achieve a perfectly even surface.
Next, gently lay the largest Super-Sized Circle Shapes Template centered in the middle of the stepping stone mix. Do not push the template into the mix.
Then, layer the Hearts Shapes Template over top so it is centered in the middle of the circle.
Start pressing mosaic gems halfway into the mix following the outline of the heart template.
Once the heart is formed, remove that template and fill in the remaining space within the circle with aquarium gravel. Be sure to press it into the wet mix so it will hold.
Leave the circle template in place to use as a guide for placing a round of gems around the outer edge. Once the circle of gems is complete remove the template and rinse immediately to remove all concrete residue.
Continue to embellish within the space that was covered by the template. If you aren’t placing the gems touching side-by-side, you need to be more methodical about placement to ensure even spacing. To do this, I suggest placing a gem at the north, south, east and west locations and then filling in the space between each gem. Or you can work as if you are placing a gem at each number on a clock.
Once you’ve finished embellishing your stone, you’ll leave the stone in place and allow it to dry for two days. It may take slightly longer if you live in a humid environment. During this time, do NOT move your plastic mold, but you may move the tray you have it sitting on as long as the tray isn’t a flexible one. Moving the mold itself will cause the stone to crack.
Once your stone has cured for the two days, use an old dry toothbrush to gently polish your gems. This helps to remove any concrete residue that may have gotten on them during the decorating process. Then you can remove the stone from your plastic mold and place it in your garden to enjoy!
Stepping Stone Kit OR
12” plastic stepping stone mold
7 lbs. of stepping stone mix
Wooden Stir Stick
1 cup Measuring Cup
2 cups Water
Fabric Face Mask
Large Non-Flexible Tray