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How To Make Stamped Garden Stepping Stones

Do you need some garden stepping stones, but you want something cute with lots of character?! Make your own! I love the unique pattern that we stamped into these garden stepping stones. They were so fun and easy to make! 

I partnered with Hometalk on this post and it contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

Ever since we built the fence (tutorial coming soon) and hung the hammock up in the backyard, I’ve been thinking about making some stepping stones to go in front of the hammock that had some fun character to them. We had originally put down some mismatched (boring) ones that we had laying around the backyard….but it was missing something. 

The hammock was just calling for something with a boho pattern! 

So when we had some leftover concrete after we made this concrete side table, it was obvious that we should make some stepping stones, right?

These easy DIY garden stepping stones made with concrete were stamped with a RUBBER DOOR MAT! Yep, you read that right. Just a simple door mat and it created the cutest pattern! 

Photos of removing doormat and mold from the concrete and a finished garden stepping stone on the soil with text overlay that says How To Make Stepping Stones.

Even if you’ve never done a DIY project with concrete before, these stepping stones are seriously SO easy!

Garden stepping stones materials like Quickrete concrete mix, pieces of wood and plywood and doormat mold

Supplies for garden stepping stones: 

Pieces of wood screwed together forming a square mold and drill beside it.

Build stepping stone mold. 

We decided to build 1 foot square stepping stones, so we cut our 2×3 pieces down to size so that the inside perimeter would be 12 inches. 

The corners of the mold (which is really just a box) are joined together with just drilling pilot holes and then screwing in wood screws. 

In the bottom of the wooden mold fits a piece of plywood (not shown in above picture, but can be seen in video) cut down to size so that it slides in but is nice and snug so that the concrete doesn’t go through the cracks. 

Removing the cut perfect size rubber doormat.

Cut rubber door mat down to size. 

Next figure out what part of your rubber door mat you want to use as your concrete stamp. Since ours had a kind of circle design, we chose to cut out a square from the middle of the mat. 

If you find a door mat with a less symmetrical design, like this, you could probably make two stamps out of it. 

Hand mixing the concrete mix in an orange bucket.

Mix concrete. 

Grab a bucket, your bag of cement and a trowel for mixing. Add water while stirring until you get the right consistency. Be sure you only mix enough for one stepping stone at a time (unless you have more than one stamp made from the rubber mat). 

Concrete mix sitting on the square wooden mold for garden stepping stones

Pour concrete into garden stepping stone mold. 

Next just simply pour the concrete into your wooden mold. Be sure to leave about 1/2″ or so to allow room for the rubber door stamp. 

After you fill the mold, tap the edges of the wooden mold with a rubber mallet several times. This helps get the air bubbles out of the concrete. 

Concrete mix on the wooden mold with the rubber doormat on top of it.

Closer shot of the concrete mix with rubber doormat on top of it.

Stamp with rubber door mat. 

Wait until the concrete sets up a little bit. You want to be able to put your finger in the top of it and have the fingerprint stay. Then lightly lay the rubber door mat stamp on top of the garden stepping stone.

Lay another plywood square on top of the rubber door mat and press down evenly.

Remove the plywood gently and wipe any extra concrete off the top of the stamp with a wet sponge. 

Tap the edges of the mold with a rubber mallet again after you get the stamp in. 

Let dry. 

The concrete stepping stone takes about 1-2 days to set up and dry, but this may be different based on your temperature and humidity. 

Removing the rubber doormat mold from the hardened concrete stepping stone

Remove doormat and mold. 

After everything is dried, unscrew the wooden mold and gently remove the rubber door mat. 

Enjoy!

Now you can put your cute garden stepping stone in place and enjoy! 

Two finished garden stepping stones on the ground.

If you want to make more than one, you can start the process over again if you only have one rubber doormat stamp. 

Two concrete garden stepping stones on the ground with a hammock hanging from the fence and a tree.

Would you look at just how much character they added to our little hammock area back by the deck?

Finished garden stepping stones with stamped design on the ground

After we removed the wooden mold and stamp, the design really started to look “boho” to me – which, of course, I love. 

Garden stepping stones on the ground and hanging hammock in backyard

I really love the design on these garden stepping stones. Don’t you? 

Where would you put your garden stepping stones!?

Let me know in the comments below!

Here’s a replay of a LIVE Facebook video when we made these stepping stones: 

How To Make Stamped Garden Stepping Stones

How To Make Stamped Garden Stepping Stones

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Active Time: 1 days
Total Time: 1 days
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

Do you need some garden stepping stones, but you want something cute with lots of character?! Make your own! I love the unique pattern that we stamped into these garden stepping stones. They were so fun and easy to make!

Materials

Instructions

  1. Build stepping stone mold.
  2. Cut rubber door mat down to size.
  3. Mix concrete.
  4. Pour concrete into garden stepping stone mold.
  5. Stamp with rubber door mat.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Remove door mat and mold.
  8. Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “How To Make Stamped Garden Stepping Stones

  1. you mention a video….but I don’t see a link anywhere on here to access it… I’d like to see it, can you advise? ….. “In the bottom of the wooden mold fits a piece of plywood (not shown in above picture, but can be seen in video) cut down to size so that it slides in but is nice and snug so that the concrete doesn’t go through the cracks”

    1. Hi Paula – thanks for letting me know that the video wasn’t there! It must have gotten deleted on accident. I’ve added it back in at the bottom of the post so you can watch. It’s a replay of a live video on Facebook.

  2. I love these stepping stones. I’m not much of a DYI’er when it involves hardware or concrete, so I’ve got a few questions. I guess I’m more of a “crafter”, haha.
    1) What do you put UNDER the poured concrete, that easily removes from the bottom of the stepping stone?
    2) Similarly, does the mat easily separate from the stepping stone? I worry it would be stuck.
    3) How do you get the 12×12 board OUT of the frame once you’ve pressed it all down together (mat+wet concrete)? Or can you just leave it all together (board+mat+concrete) until fully set/dry (1-2 days)?
    4) I need to make about 5 stones. Do you think one mat will hold up through the making of 5?
    thank you!

    1. Hi Sheryl!
      1) We put in a piece of plywood into the bottom of the mold that slides in nice and snug so that the concrete doesn’t go through the cracks.
      2. I had no problem pulling off the mat from the concrete after it was dried, but if you’re worried, I’ve heard that some people have used Pam cooking spray to get things not to stick to concrete. You could spray that on the mat before using, but again…I didn’t have any issues.
      3) I left everything together until it was fully dried (board, mat, concrete, mold). To get everything out once dried, start by unscrewing the wooden mold and then gently remove the board and mat.
      4) Yes, I think the mat would last through 5 stones.

      I’ve also added in a video into the post so you can watch the stones being made which will probably answer any other questions 🙂

  3. I am so happy I just found this by accident as I was looking for something else . I have always wanted to try something different so I am ready to dive in . Now is the time to catch up on somethings I have put off doing . Staying home during the Pandemic . Take care everyone!

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