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Beautiful DIY Garden Stones

We have a day in our house that we don’t talk about very much. John was helping me while I was in CA taking care of my Mom by running my Grandma Irene’s teacups and saucers to an event. Well, he was busy working and being a full time dad to Caleb and he was rushing and put the tray with all the teacups on the toolbox of his truck.  You can imagine what happened…he then backed out with them still there! Yes, it was a big and mighty crash! I was devastated…but not more than John was. I really loved those teacups!  John still feels sick when he thinks about what happened. At the time, I couldn’t bear to throw them away, so I just tucked them away thinking that at one time I would come up with some sort of project for them…and now I have!

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We are just finishing our backyard landscaping and I am planting myself a perennial garden. I wanted to make stepping stones to put in around the flowers and her  teacups were perfect. Here is how I did it – First I separated the china into big pieces, good flat pieces, and tiny little pieces.

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Next I mixed the garden stone cement and got it nice and smooth in the tray.

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I then started laying the pieces. I started with bigger pieces on the edge to make a nice edge and then added some big pieces in the middle.

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Just push the pieces down with nice even pressure until it sinks into the cement. Sometimes I needed pieces to fit but didn’t have anything, so I took a bigger piece and wrapped it in a thick towel and then hit it with a hammer until it cracked as big as I wanted it.

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Sometimes the water from the cement would come to the top and get in the way of being able to put the little pieces in. When it got that way I just placed a paper towel over the top and let it soak up the water.

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I am super happy with how they tuned out! I especially love the teacup handles in them!

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Can’t wait until there are flowers everywhere to grow in around them. I would not recommend making these actual stepping stones since the teacup pieces are not perfectly flat and I would not want anyone to get cut on them. I love having these in my garden and now a big oops is a big ahhh!

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Lisa

Previous author of Over the Big Moon. I shared my passion for home and family life! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my husband and our 3 amazing and busy boys!

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    gwendle

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    Awesome idea very beautiful.

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    Deanna

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    find a thrift store or garage sales, etc. where they sell odd pieces of china (cheap)… don’t break a perfectly good piece of your own! LOL

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    Yvonne Eklund Layton

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    I like this, I am looking for stepping stone Ideas for my boulevard.

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    Jamsoup

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    Those were exquisite crockery. So terribly sad.

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    Marietta

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    Wondering if you coudn’t also use it as a picture handing it with a plate hanger? Place in a living room or kitchen. For those who live in apts or move around alot – a portable option! Very pretty. Thanks for posting!

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    Yasiris

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    Nice!!!

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    Thea

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    I love it ♥

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    Michaela

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    One thought (to make them actual stepping stones) would be to encase them in acrylic like they do with custom tables.

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      Mary Vance Nasvik

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      Michaela, that was my thought, too!

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      Kathlyn Black

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      That may cause them to be over slippery when wet.

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      Ilona Szentes

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      To prevent them from being slippery when wet sprinkle a small amount of sand evenly over the acrylic when still tacky to embed them & slippery problem is solved ..

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    Rachel

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    This is lovely 🙂

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    Tricia Selbie

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    Oh my!!! This is deja vu. My husband did the same thing to teacups & saucers that his Mother had given me. I saved them too. Now I’ll go from OOPS to AHHH! Thank you for posting…

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    Natalie

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    Lisa, the tray you are using, is it part of a commercially available standard stepping stone kit? Or did you make it yourself?

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      Lisa

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      I saved the tray from when I did my kids hand prints. I think the kits are about $15 at Michaels and it has the tray and cement and makes 2 stones.

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      Kathlyn Black

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      use old cake pans

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        Karen E.

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        Do you the cement dry in the cake pan, or take it out after you have placed the broken dishes?

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          Lisa

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          You have to let it dry in the dish

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    Lisa

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    I’m not sure. Pam does our packs but I will let her know you are interested in one!

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      Andrea Celesia

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      🙂

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    Andrea Celesia

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    Love it Lisa! And I love your printables packs 🙂 Are you doing an Earth Day related one by any chance?

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    Kirstylee Cassidy

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    What an amazing way to turn something devastating into something beautiful. Those stepping stones will be so special!

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    Vickie

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    That’s a fantastic idea- and it turned out beautifully. I may have to go smash some china!

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