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EASY DIY MODERN CONCRETE STEPPING STONES with a little BLING!

 

I’ve been having some more concrete fun and I totally love how I can make endless things with concrete! I just finished making some pretty stepping stones for my parental units’ yard.

I didn’t want to make round stepping stones. Nice, but boring. I have always liked traditional mosaic stepping stones, but I wanted something with a bit of a modern flare. I also didn’t want something that was labor intensive cause I’m all about easy.

To solve these issues, I went with rectangle shaped stones (the modern), added a few glass tiles (the mosaic), and used cardboard boxes (the easy) to form my DIY concrete stepping stones. Here’s all the fun details…

DIY Concrete Stepping Stone Tutorial

 

Step 1: Gather all your supplies.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

You’ll need:

  1. Rapid Set Concrete Mix (available at Home Depots across US & Canada)
  2. A large container to mix your concrete
  3. Cardboard boxes cut down to 1.5″ high for your forms
  4. Utility knife (to cut the boxes)
  5. Water
  6. Something to mix your concrete with. I used a drill with a mixing attachment, but you can also mix by hand using a garden trowel or mixing hoe
  7. Concrete trowel to smooth the surface
  8. Glass mosaic tiles
  9. Rapid Set Set Control (available at Home Depots across U.S. & Canada)
  10. Old paint brush
  11. Small plastic container (for pouring concrete)
  12. Bucket of clean water to immediately clean your tools

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

Step 2: Mix up your concrete. Use 1 gallon of water per 60 lb. bag. To mix up your concrete, first pour your water into your mixing container. Mix Rapid Set Set Control into the water. Then pour the Rapid Set Concrete Mix into the water a little at a time, mixing as you go. Do not pour the entire bag in at once or you’ll have a really hard time mixing. (Umm, don’t ask me how I know that. Let’s just keep the past in the past.)

I recommend immediately cleaning your mixing tool after mixing. If you use a drill with mixing attachment, like I did, then just dip it into a clean bucket of water and run for 30 seconds. This will remove any concrete build up.

The reason I add Rapid Set Set Control to the mix is that it helps slow down the setting time of the concrete and gives me more time to work with it. I love using Rapid Set Concrete Mix and Cement All because they dry so quickly that whatever I’m making is usually ready to use within an hour or so, unlike traditional concrete which takes a minimum of 24-48 hours to cure (which means I have to W..A…I…T to play with my new toys. Oye!). But because Rapid Set does dry quickly, it also sets quickly, which means there’s no time for goofing around. So dropping in a little packet of Set Control slows the setting enough to give me added time to work with my concrete…and goof around.

 

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Step 3: Pour your mixed concrete into your forms. Like I said earlier, I wanted to make this project super simple. So instead of building melamine forms, I simply cut down some old cardboard boxes to a height of 1.5″.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

Then I used a plastic container to scoop and pour my concrete into the forms.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

Step 4: After you pour your concrete, use a trowel to smooth over the top. If you don’t own a trowel, you don’t need to go out and buy one. You can actually use most any stiff straight edge surface. As a matter of fact, when I did the concrete overlay on the bathroom vanity, I actually used a squeegee.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

Step 5: Insert your glass tiles into your smoothed surface in the design of your choice.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

Step 6: This step is optional, but if you want your concrete stepping stones to have a brushed finish, once the concrete begins to stiffen simply take an old paint brush and brush over the surface.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

This is what your brushed surface will look like…

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

Step 7: While the concrete is still wet, moisten an old rag or paper towel and clean off any concrete that had deposited on your tile surfaces.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

Step 8: After about an hour, run a spackle knife along the edges of the concrete stepping stone to remove the cardboard forms. The cardboard will be moist and will peel right off.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

Now, in case you’re wondering why I didn’t lay the glass tiles directly on the cardboard forms and then pour the concrete over them, here is the reason…

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

This is the side of the stepping stone that was against the cardboard. Concrete will pick up every little mark and indent that is on the form. In this case, it picked up all the ridges in the cardboard and even the tape line. So I made sure to make this side the bottom of my stepping stones.

Now, if you decide to build melamine forms (more on building melamine forms HERE) for your stepping stones then you can lay the tiles on the form and pour the concrete on top. The side of the concrete that touches the form will end up being the top of your stepping stone and will have a perfectly smooth surface.

And here are my first two DIY concrete stepping stones, with a modern flare and a little bling…

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

These two stones are rather large. They’re 20″ x 13″. Much bigger than my little monster.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

Right now, the side of my Mom and Pop’s house is covered in all these little stones, so my plan is to make a whole bunch more concrete stepping stones, with bling of course, and create a pathway in the rocks about 3 or 4 stepping stones wide all down the side of the house. I think that’ll look really cute.

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

 

DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC STEPPING STONES

 

 

EASY DIY MODERN CONCRETE STEPPING STONES with a little BLING!

 

There ya have it, DIY concrete stepping stones with a little bling!

 

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26 Comments on DIY MODERN GEOMETRIC CONCRETE STEPPING STONES

  1. Bobbie Gordner
    October 5, 2015 at 6:19 am (2 years ago)

    These are BEAUTIFUL, Jenise; Thank you! I’d like to make and give as Christmas gifts. But I’m wondering, how heavy are they?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      October 5, 2015 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Bobbie! Can I be on your Christmas list? :-) The stones I made are pretty large (20″ x 13″) so they’re pretty heavy, I’d guess perhaps around 20 lbs.

      Reply
  2. Carrie This Home
    October 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the bling you added to the stepping stones. It’s just the right amount! Great job!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      October 9, 2015 at 1:28 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Carrie!

      Reply
  3. Cheryl
    October 7, 2015 at 1:03 am (2 years ago)

    These are wonderful, thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      October 9, 2015 at 1:28 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Cheryl. That’s really nice of you to say!

      Reply
  4. sharon tavares
    October 7, 2015 at 9:01 pm (2 years ago)

    how many 20 x 13 tiles can you make out of the 60 lb bag of concrete?

    Reply
    • Jenise
      October 9, 2015 at 1:27 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Sharon, Those are pretty big stones so the 60 lb bag makes about 2.5 of them. Of course if you go smaller, you’ll get more stones. :-)

      Reply
  5. Heddy Frank
    October 9, 2015 at 7:05 am (2 years ago)

    Your stepping stones are a wonderful addition to your parents’ home! Where did you find the rectangular glass tiles? The combination of squares and rectangles give them a real”designer” look. Lovely!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      October 9, 2015 at 7:46 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Heddy! I got the rectangular tiles at Hobby Lobby. :-)

      Reply
  6. Christine
    October 12, 2015 at 5:34 pm (2 years ago)

    So cool!!!! I have a bunch of little mini tiles laying around that would look great for stepping stones… thanks so much for the tutorial!

    Reply
  7. Valorie
    October 13, 2015 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Great ideas. I bought some silicone cake pans thinking they would make good molds for stepping stones, but I like the box molds, I usually have several that are waiting to be recycled.

    Reply
    • Jenise
      October 18, 2015 at 8:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Valorie!

      Reply
  8. Stepping stones
    October 15, 2015 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    I love these .What a great idea. Love the ‘bling ‘ I will be doing these for sure.Thank you x

    Reply
    • Jenise
      October 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Joan! Let me know if you have any questions I can help with!

      Reply
  9. 'm(i)e'
    October 24, 2015 at 6:03 am (2 years ago)

    cool !

    Reply
  10. LeCianne
    November 20, 2015 at 5:35 am (2 years ago)

    WAY TOO CUTE! Totally have to try these next summer. Our yard is a total mess, I hate to say, but I’ve been getting really good ideas from your blog! Thank you! :)

    Reply
    • Jenise
      November 20, 2015 at 2:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Awe, thank you so much LeCianne! I’m so glad to have inspired you!!! :-)

      Reply
  11. Francine
    January 13, 2016 at 11:53 am (2 years ago)

    This is a neat idea! I’m looking for a mold to use for my kids’ hands. The round ones aren’t big enough because I have 6 kids :) I think this would work! My other idea was to maybe use foil or wax paper inside a 9×13 cake pan or something. I think the rectangle would be big enough to accomodate all of the handprints plus some bling and shells. This is going to be for my mom. :) thanks for the awesome idea!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      January 17, 2016 at 11:18 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m so glad this is going to work for you! If you’re going to use a cake pan, then you don’t need foil or wax paper. Instead, spray it with either some Pam or WD-40. The concrete will slide right out. :-)

      Reply
  12. Nancy
    February 16, 2016 at 11:06 am (1 year ago)

    I found similar tiles at a yard sale. Now I know exactly what I want to do with them! Thanks!

    Reply
  13. Minton
    February 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Really love this guide, Jenise. I can believe that I can make these cute stones myself. It was not easy to the stones but I did it

    Reply
    • Jenise
      March 6, 2016 at 2:42 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Minton! Yes, it’s so easy and a fun project for the yard for Spring! :-)

      Reply
  14. Allison
    April 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm (3 months ago)

    Your dog is so.cute!!!!!!????????

    Reply
  15. christie
    April 28, 2017 at 1:02 pm (3 months ago)

    I am trying to make these awesome stones but am having trouble making it smooth on top? seems like concrete has a lot of gravel? what am I doing wrong?!? thanks!

    Reply
    • Jenise
      June 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm (1 month ago)

      The aggregate in concrete comes in different sizes so be sure to use a concrete with very small aggregate, such as sand.

      Reply

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