Happy Thursday, friends!! You may have noticed I’ve been a little MIA lately. Mostly because life calls! But I wanted to share with you a fun little project. It’s a stepping stone kit! Come check it out!I first made some of these stepping stones back when my boys were young. I thought it would be a fun way to commemorate Y2K. In case you don’t remember, that was 1999, the year before 2000 when everything was supposed to crash and burn. But here we are! I’ve made a few since then too. We made one for our former sweet dog, Charlotte shortly before she passed. It’s such a nice way to remember our fur babies after they cross the rainbow bridge. Here is my go-to kit….
Most stepping stone kits come with a plastic mold, the cement mix, assorted glass pieces for decorating and letters and numbers to personalize the stepping stone. Detailed instructions are also included. The stone kits come in different shapes such as round, octagonal and square. I chose a square for mine because Charlotte’s was also square.
As our sweet dog Lacey is getting older, I thought it was time to make one for her! Following the directions I added water to the cement mix in an old bucket. It mixes to the consistency of a cookie batter. Then you pour it into the mold and smooth it out with the spatula. You allow it to sit for about 30 minutes then you can start adding the glass pieces. (Just follow the instructions provided in your kit.)
I tried to use several colors and shapes and make flowers out of the glass pieces. You just press the pieces firmly in the cement so it will stick well when dry. If water comes out of the cement when you press in the pieces, then you should let it dry a bit longer.
I pressed Lacey’s paw into the bottom right hand corner of the stone and added her name above. Then I continued to fill in the rest of the stone with flowers, and some grass. I thought the flowers looked a bit like dandelions. I allowed the cement to set for about 24 hours and then gently peeled it out of the mold. Wallah! A memory stone for our sweet girl! I put the stone in my secret garden along with the other stepping stones. Some of my favorite mementoes!
The kits vary in price but you can expect to pay between $20-35 per kit. I ordered mine from Amazon but craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels carry them too. It may seem a little pricey, but it does come with everything you need! Wouldn’t this also be a great gift for a parent or grandparent and let the children decorate it themselves? Or have all of the grandchildren make one for the grandparents for their garden?
This would also make a great Christmas gift, so plan ahead!
Well, thanks for stopping by and I hope y’all have a wonderful week! xoxo Dell