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 DIY garden stepping stones. They were so fun and easy to make with concrete!
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Ever since we built the wood fence and hung the hammock up in our backyard, I’ve been thinking about making some stepping stones or adding natural 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 macrame 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 decorative stepping stones, right?
These easy DIY garden stepping stones made with concrete were stamped with a RUBBER DOORMAT! Yep, you read that right. Just a simple doormat and it created the cutest pattern!
Even if you’ve never done a DIY project with concrete before, these stepping stones are seriously SO easy and are a great way to add some DIY concrete pavers to any garden space!
DIY Garden Stepping Stones FAQs
Yes, you can use it again and again! You have to wait for the concrete to dry before removing the mold and the rubber mat.
A piece of plywood is cut down to size so that it slides into the 2×4 mold but is nice and snug so that the concrete doesn’t go through the cracks.
Once you put the rubber mat on top as a stamp, I used another piece of plywood to press the mat down to get it nice and level/flat.
Be sure to use screws on the frame so you can unscrew it after it is dried.
Yea, we just unscrewed the wood mold and it came right off with no issues.
Many readers have also suggested spraying vegetable oil (PAM Spray) on the rubber mat before placing it in the concrete to help remove it easily. We didn’t do this and, again, had no issues…but if you’re worried – you could try the oil method!
I waited until the concrete had fully set to remove the rubber mat.
To remove the mold and mat after it’s dried – simply unscrew the wood mold and gently peel off the rubber mat stamp.
I didn’t ever figure out an exact measurement, but we probably did about 1/4 of a bag per stone.
Each stepping stone was about 1/4 of a bag of 60 lb concrete so about 15 pounds for each raised stone.
Yes, the molds are reusable, but the tricky part is waiting for it to dry. If you only wanted to make one mold, you could only make one stepping stone at a time and they take a day or two to dry (depending on your weather and humidity!)
To remove the mold and mat after it’s dried – simply unscrew the mold and gently peel off the rubber mat.
No, you can make molds and use various materials to make different shapes and different features. You can make a variety of styles of concrete stepping stones for any outdoor use.
I didn’t have any cracks in ours and they were out all winter last year in the cold Pacific Northwest through the snowy season, but you could always move inside over winter if you wanted.
Step 1. 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.
In the bottom of the wooden mold fits a piece of plywood (not shown in the above picture) cut down to size so that it slides in but is nice and snug so that the concrete doesn’t go through the cracks.
Step 2. Cut rubber door mat down to size.
Next figure out what part of your rubber doormat 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 doormat with a less symmetrical design, like this, you could probably make two stamps out of it.
Step 3. 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).
Step 4. Pour concrete into the 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.
Step 5. Stamp with a rubber door mat.
Wait until the concrete sets up a little bit. You want to be able to put your finger on 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.
Step 6. 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. Be very careful when working with wet concrete and give it plenty of time to dry.
Step 7. Remove the doormat and mold.
After everything is dried, unscrew the wooden mold and gently remove the rubber doormat.
Now you can put your cute garden stepping stone in place and enjoy!
If you want to make more than one, you can start the process over again if you only have one rubber doormat stamp. Whatever your particular needs are you can keep making more stepping stone pieces.
Would you look at just how much character they added to our little hammock area back by the deck? I love what this DIY stepping stone path did for our outdoor space and who would have thought you can make them all from cement mix and a rubber doormat?
They really finished off the space with the hammock in a wonderful way.
After we removed the wooden mold and stamp, the design really started to look “boho” to me – which, of course, I love.
This is one of my favorite DIY projects and really added a lot of decorative elements and unique features to our yard. This is such a simple way to use different materials to get that classic look for any space.
I really love the design of these garden stepping stones. Don’t you? Such an easy way to get a personal touch into your outdoor space. This stepping stone project was super easy and gave a unique look to our garden pathways.
They really are a great idea to add interesting hardscape elements to your yard.
Where would you put your own stepping stones!?
Let me know in the comments below!
- Wood Screws
- Build stepping stone mold.
- Cut rubber door mat down to size.
- Mix concrete.
- Pour concrete into garden stepping stone mold.
- Stamp with rubber door mat.
- Let dry.
- Remove door mat and mold.
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