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 – Do It Yourself Garden Stone

Homemade garden stones are a fabulous way for you to not only personalize your garden, but to get the whole family, four-legged friends too, involved in a project. If you don’t have a garden, this can be used anywhere as decoration, and would make a perfect gift for friends or family.

This is a simple do it yourself that anyone can follow. Use your imagination! From paw prints to kid’s hand or footprints, this is a great way to make a special memory.

Materials:

  • 3” concrete forming ring (You may need to buy a 12” forming tube and cut it down with a utility knife.)
  • 10-pound bag of fast-setting concrete mix (For ease, be sure to buy the mix where you just have to add water and mix.)

  • Liquid measuring container
  • 5-gallon bucket (you can improvise with a plastic concrete mixing tub or portable concrete mixer.)
  • A piece of 2”x4” wood, or a similar tool to mix your concrete
  • Sharp knife
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Yardstick or ruler
  • Pencil, pen, or marker
  • Plastic leaf-size garbage bag
  • Decorative pieces (such as small colored stones, gems, or tiles)

Directions:

  1. Mix the concrete according to the instructions on the bag. The mix should be thick, like oatmeal. Add the water a little bit at a time so you don’t make the mix too thin. If needed, sprinkle with water to loosen.
  2. Spread the plastic garbage bag on the ground. Place the concrete forming ring on the bag.
  3. Pour your concrete inside the ring. Let it set for about fifteen minutes.
  4. Now it’s time to decorate. Gently press your pet’s paws (or children’s hands or feet) into the concrete. If you’d like to add decorative gems or other waterproof items, throw on your rubber gloves, get creative, and have fun! Make sure to wash paws and hands right after pressing! Hardened concrete hurts when trying to be removed from fur.
  5. Allow the stone to set for 48 hours before moving outside. To release, use a knife to cut the cardboard ring.

This is a wonderful project that will create a permanent memory for years and years to come.

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