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What are the Best Tips for Making Stepping Stones?

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Making stepping stones can be an enjoyable project that beautifies the garden. Since there is a limited amount of time to work, an important tip is to plan the design carefully before starting. It's also a good idea to use durable materials to create stepping stones if they will be walked on. Another tip is to be creative when making stepping stones by decorating them in unique ways to express the maker's personality.

Making stepping stones can add beauty and charm to the garden since they are often decorative. Personalized stones can tell a lot about the garden's owner. Depending on the material used, stepping stones provide a nice contrast to the greenery and flowers that are usually found in most gardens. They can also be functional when used to create walkways.

The project of making stepping stones is relatively simple and fun and can involve the whole family. Since there is a limited amount of time to work once the project starts, it's a good idea to plan carefully before beginning. Select the shape of the stones and decide if they will be plain or decorated. If the stepping stones will be decorated, determine how to decorate them and draw simple sketches to use as a guide while working. It's also smart to make sure that all supplies are gathered together within easy reach.

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Another tip when making stepping stones is to select materials carefully. If they are only for decoration, plaster stepping stones are simple to make and provide a lot of design options. It's also important to protect plaster stepping stones from the elements by applying a sealant to the finished materials and placing them in sheltered areas. If the stepping stones will be used for walkways and paths, concrete is a more durable material. Concrete stepping stones can also be decorated in a variety of ways and will last for many years with minimal care.

The next tip for making stepping stones is to use the project as a chance to be creative. Decorative stones add more interest to the garden than plain ones, and the decorating process is a way for the person making the stones to express his or her personality. The plaster or concrete material for a stone can be colored during the mixing process, and is also available in different shades. After the material is poured into the mold and has set for a few minutes, other decorations can be added. Mosaic style designs can be created with colored tiles or glass gems; decorating can also be done using stamps or by pressing letters or drawings into the surface with a craft stick or other tool.

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