Create your own DIY Garden Stones using pieces of china, store-bought gems, rocks, and more! They're the perfect way to decorate your garden area! This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through the easy DIY process!
Mix the Mortar Mix following the instructions on the bag. Make sure it is mixed really good!Take your stepping stone mold and spray it with cooking spray. This is a trick I learned from a friend and just helps the hardened stone release from the mold easier.
Add the mix to the mold, leaving about ¼" space at the top. Smooth out the mixture using a large spoon or spatula and shake or tap the mold to ensure there are no bubbles in the mixture!
BREAK THE CHINA INTO SMALLER PIECES
Whether you're using china you have or china you bought, you need to break up the teacups into a lot of different pieces! The safe way to do that is to fold the piece of china into a thick dish towel and use a hammer to break it into smaller pieces.
Remember to break them in a variety of shapes and sizes!
ADD OBJECTS TO THE GARDEN STONES
Now it's time to add your broken china, Mosaic Tiles, or handprints to your garden stones.
Just push the pieces (china, tiles, marbles, or hands) 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.
During this process, 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 this happened, I just placed a paper towel over the top and let it soak up the water.
ALLOW STONES TO SET
The drying time will depend on the air temperatures the stones are in. I would give them 24-48 hours to be safe. Be careful as you remove the stone from the mold ensuring that it seems all the way dry!