09 May 2013
Instead of forking out money for decorative stepping stones, make some yourself in the comfort of your own garden.
All you need is concrete mix, wood for the frame and base, wire mesh, a rubber doormat, a can of Spray 'n Cook, a pair of rubber gloves and a trowel.
Make up a frame and base to make your concrete stepping stones or flagstones. It will be easier to remove the frame later on if you just screw or nail it together. You can make it any size you want, but don't make it larger than 30 x 50cm or it will increase the chance of cracking.
After making your frame, mix four parts sand to one part cement and place a 3cm thick layer of it in the bottom of your frame. Then add the wire mesh and cover it with another 3cm thick layer of cement.
The wire mesh adds strength to the item you are casting, so don't leave it out.
Spray the top of the rubber mat with spray 'n cook to make it easier to remove and place it on top of the mix. Add more cement mix to fill in the blank areas but try not to spread the cement too thickly over the back of the mat or it will be tricky to remove.
Tip: Place the rubber mat face down on top of the cement, so that when you remove it you have a perfect design on top of your stepping stone or flagstone.
Leave it to set for 2 to 3 days and then take the frame apart and lift off the mat to reveal the design. Now you can make as many as you need in your own time and make a decorated foot path through your garden.
Article courtesy of www.homedzine.co.za
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