In our household, the family spends as much time as we possibly can in the backyard. It gets lots of sun, it always has a great breeze, and our garden is pretty divine to look at, if we do say so ourselves. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for cute DIY ideas that will help us add a little something or make it look even more like the haven we think it is! Lately, our favourite idea has been that of making custom stepping stones to create a path with, so we’ve been scouring the Internet for cute concepts that we might recreate and put in ourselves.
Are you feeling just as enthusiastic, if not more, about the idea of making your very own DIY garden stepping stones? Then check out these 15 cute ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. How to make stepping stones from old cake pans
Are you actually brimming with all kinds of ideas for ways you’d like to embellish your stepping stones, but you’ve never made them before so you’re still wondering about how to get the perfect shape? Then we think you’ll really appreciate the basic and straight forward way that eHow outlines for using old cake pans as your concrete stepping stone mould!
2. DIY hopscotch stepping stones
Do you love this idea of embellishing your stepping stone sin some way but you’re looking to give them a playful theme rather than just some decor? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this adorable hopscotch themed scheme featured on Garden Therapy a try! We like the way they made their numbers using pebbles.
3. Colourful hexagon stencilled stepping stones
Perhaps you’re very interested indeed in making your very own concrete stepping stones but you’re also looking for something that’s a little more geometric inspired and colourful since your garden is already very eclectic? In that case, we have a feeling this fantastic squared off painted hexagons design outlined in great detail on Shelterness might be a little more up your alley!
4. Leaf imprint stepping stones
If you’re going to add any kind of visual detail or embellishment to your squared stepping stones, would you rather keep it quite subtle and natural looking so it suits the environment around it as well as possible? In that case, we think you might get along a little better with this tutorial from Garden Therapy that shows you how to imprint the details of a leaf into your stones!
5. Kid mosaic stepping stones with tiles, marbles, and dinosaurs
If you’re going to make something as awesome as DIY stepping stones for a place where your kids spend so many of their days, would you rather make a design that they can get in on? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Hello Wonderful made adorable kid-friendly “mosaic” style stones by pressing all kinds of fun things into their wet concrete, including (but not limited to) spare tiles, glass marbles, and- yes, you read that right- plastic dinosaurs.
6. China and pottery stepping stones made with flagstone
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making eclectic stepping stones but you’d rather get a little irregular with the shape as well as what you’re pressing into the concrete? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Intimate Weddings shows you how to make a lovely mosaic design using all kinds of different smashed china and pottery pieces and shattered flagstone as your base!
7. Doctor Who themed stepping stones
Are you still quite interested indeed in making stepping stones that have subtler, more neutrally coloured designs but you’d still quite like them to have a theme of some kind? Well, if you’ve ever been big Doctor Who fans then we’re pretty sure this next idea from Our Nerd Home will be right up your alley! They show you how to etch the markings right into the drying concrete.
8. Pink heart stepping stones
If you’re going to make stepping stones that involve colour at all, would you rather make them much more colourful and eye catching than the designs you’ve seen so far? In that case, we’d be willing to bet that these adorable glazed, pink painted, and marble embellished heart shaped stepping stones are a little more along the lines of what you were thinking. Get the full details for making your own on Craft Klatch!
9. Floral imprinted concrete stepping stones
Have your favourite ideas that we’ve outlined so far in this list been the ones that use some kind of imprint, etching, or netural design rather than colourful pieces and embellishments? Well, if you’d like to stick with the floral theme that your garden already naturally has going for it, then we think you’ll appreciate how Dream a Little Bigger imprinted illustrated flower outlines right into their concrete mixture before it dried! We really like their unique oval shape as well.
10. Leaf shaped imprinted concrete stepping stones
Did we almost have you feeling convinced when we started talking about the leaf imprinted stepping stones we showed you earlier but you can’t help thinking that, if you’re going to involve leaves in any way, maybe you’d rather actually make the stones look like leaves too? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll prefer this leaf imprinted and shaped stone tutorial outlined in detail on WikiHow.
11. Blue china mosaic stepping stones
If you’re going to work with any kind of mosaic theme, would you actually rather establish a design that’s a little more cohesively decorative and a little less hectic, like an actual piece of mosaic art might have? Well, if you love the classic look of blue painted china even half as much as we do, then we think you might also enjoy this tutorial from The Spruce Crafts that shows you how to make mosaic stepping stones using smashed china pieces gathered from thrift stores!
12. Neutrally coloured stepping stones with pebble patterns
Believe it or not, grey DIY concrete isn’t actually the only mixing medium that you can make your stepping stones out of! If you’d rather something a little more beach-y and neutral looking then we think you might get along a little better with something like this rectangular sand set stone from Home Made Simple that features a pattern made of inset pebbles.
13. Pink brick painted concrete heart stepping stones
Did we almost catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making pin heart stepping stones but you’re just not sure if you want to glaze or marble them the way you saw in that option? Then perhaps you’d prefer to stick to your hand painting skills for decor value instead! We love the way Hometalk painted their heart shaped stones to look like a pink brick wall.
14. Doormat embossed concrete stepping stones
Are you actually still thinking about how much you loved the imprinting idea when it comes to putting design and detail into your concrete stones but you’re just not quite convinced by any of the options you’ve seen so far? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way The Mizelle Group added different designs to theirs by pressing a cutout patterned doormat into the mixture at different angles!
15. Dog paw and pet name stepping stones
Perhaps the members of your family that spend the most time in the garden and backyard are actually your furry, four legged friends and you think they deserve a bit of a personalized tribute in their favourite place? Then we have a sneaking suspicion that you’ll adore how this Instructables tutorial outlines the process of making paw print shaped stepping stones and show you how to monogram them with your pets’ names!
Have you made another kind of awesome garden and stepping stone before that you were very pleased with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!