Emily Falconbridge is a free spirited creative soul who has been working as a writer and designer in the scrapbook industry for years. Her love for photographs and creating began when she was very young and she loves to used mixed media in her scrapbooks and play around with new techniques. She is mama to 3 and you can catch up with her here.

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Video Tutorial: DIY Mosaic Stepping Stones

With life being so busy, it’s sometimes hard to make something just for the fun of it. I remember (vaguely) the days before I had three children, when I would enjoy creating things to hang, dangle and decorate my home with. I still love the satisfaction of making something from scratch, but time isn’t always on my side. Especially child-free time! I try to make a conscious effort to still create things (for my own sanity!), but things my children can join me in making are always a bonus. This month, I bring you my first attempt at a video tutorial (please ignore squealing children in background, stains on my playroom floor and amateur film-making!) to share with you how to make pretty stepping stones with an embedded mosaic design. These look so cool in your garden or yard – make a path, spread them out amongst the veggie garden, lay them within your paving, use them as pot-plant holders. Make your outdoor space personal, colorful and fun! (great gift idea for family/friends too!)…

I hope you enjoy watching – I’m such a visual learner that seeing rather than reading makes so much more sense to me! Let us know what you think! And please find the written instructions for the project below – for your reference (or just in case my Australian accent + newborn-baby-mama-brain doesn’t quite make sense to you!).

Happy creating!
Emily

stepping stones project from Michael Falconbridge on Vimeo.

Stepping Stone Instructions

Supplies needed:
Bag of sand/cement (available from home depot or hardware store)
Broken tiles (tile shops will often give rejects away)
Clear contact paper
Hammer
Cloth rag
Old towel
Bucket and stick for stirring cement mix
Old frying pan (one that you won’t use for cooking!)
Pen and scissors

Step 1
Choose a design (see ideas below) and choose appropriate color tiles for design. Layering the tile between two pieces of cloth, give the tile a good bang with the hammer to break it into smaller pieces.

Step 2
Choose pieces you like the shape of and lay your design out on the floor.

Step 3
Trace the bottom of the pan onto the contact paper and cut out the shape. Peel backing off and carefully lay the sticky side down onto your tile design. Press each tile piece to ensure it holds to the contact.

Step 4
Carefully lift the contact and your tile design up off the floor and place it upside down into the pan (so the back of the tiles are showing).

Step 5
In an old bucket, mix up some cement – you want it to be the consistency of a cake batter – slightly on the runny side. Immediately pour the mixture over into the pan – filling it to whichever thickness of stepping stone you desire! Leave to set.

Step 6
At least 24 (and preferably 48+) hours later, lay and old towel or blanket onto the floor to ‘bang’ your stepping stone out of the pan. A few good whacks of the upside down pan should do it!

Step 7
Peel the contact paper off your stepping stone. You may have excess cement on some of the design – scrape it off with an old knife or stick – or rub it with a rag/scourer to reveal the whole piece of tile. Place it in the garden and enjoy! (or get to work on the next one…!)

*obviously working on several at a time is more time-efficient! Hunt around at garage sales or thrift stores to get a small collection of pans/pots to use – I have even had success in a square Tupperware container, so think creatively and use what you can!

Design Ideas
(these are some my 7 year old and I came up with while brainstorming!)
Tree
Ladybug
Dragonfly
Butterfly
Toadstool
Heart
Star
Fish
Flower
Peace sign
Leaf
Carrot
Bunch of grapes (with ‘fairy stones’ as grapes)
Ice cream cone
Bird
Apple
Smiley face
Different letters of the alphabet to spell out a word (when lined up with other stepping stones)

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  2. Beats By Dr Dre 02/04/2014 at 10:32 pm

    I almost never leave a response, however after reading
    a few of the remarks here TodaysMama.com – Video Tutorial: DIY Mosaic Stepping
    Stones. I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright.
    Is it simply me or do some of these remarks come across as if they are written by brain dead individuals?
    :-P And, if you are writing on additional places, I would like to keep up with you.
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  3. Vicky Hill 01/31/2014 at 12:03 pm

    I really love it…I’ll give it a try!

  4. Mother Lode 05/08/2010 at 10:33 am

    I LOVE your mosaic stepping stones tutorial! I don't want to lose the link, and wanted to share with others too for Mothers Day this year, so it's featured it in a roundup of my favorite DIY Mothers Day gifts, here:
    http://www.camilledawn.com/2010/05/mothers-day-

    Mother Lode
    http://www.camilledawn.com