Want to take a stroll through your garden and put your best foot
forward? Well, you can take your first steps to stepping stones
if you follow the creative path of my friend, Aleksandra Basa. Learning
how to create your own garden stones is her recommendation for the
perfect enhancement to any backyard.
- coloured glass
- glass cutter
- sticky paper
- nail brush
- chicken wire (cut to shape of mold)
pattern, such as a water lily (*you can also do butterflies, flowers,
sunshine, anything you wish!). Copy your pattern onto paper, labelling
each piece of the pattern with a number and colour (i.e. 22g).
Copy a mirror-image pattern on another piece of paper.
Cut out each piece, making it a bit smaller than what it is on
the pattern as you will need a bit of space left in between each
shape on the stone.
Place each piece on its corresponding colour of glass.
Open the tip of your glass cutter so that some oil comes out,
then trace it around the piece, making sure not to apply too much
Break the piece off the rest of the glass using nippers, then
pull it off with pliers.
Using a grinder, sand each piece down.
Attach sticky tack onto the mirror-image pattern paper so that
it meets around the edges, then place the pieces face-down onto
it, so that they line up with the pattern.
with petroleum jelly.
Press sticky paper with pieces stuck to it inside mold, making
sure it is centred.
Spread mortar on top of pattern, ¼" thick. Use a nail
brush to rub the mortar in between the pieces of glass.
Lay ½" of concrete on top of the mortar.
Lay chicken wire on top as reinforcement.
Lay concrete on top until it reaches the top of the mold.
sit and harden for two days, then carefully flip it over and remove
Remove sticky paper from stone, and fill in the cracks with mortar,
using a nail brush and pressing it into the stone in a swirly
Wipe off mortar with a wet sponge.
When you see
the sparkling results, you will find that a beautiful stone project
like this can't go unturned!
Aleksandra Basa; Mississauga, ON (905) 502-8016