Get creative with your kids this summer! See how easy it is to make decorative mosaic stepping stones for your yard or garden.
We upcycled Chick-fil-A plastic salad containers as our stepping stone molds. The containers are a nice smaller size for kids to use in mosaic art projects (each finished stepping stone will measure about 6.5 inches by 6.75 inches.)
I love Chick-fil-A salads (the Cobb Salad is my favorite!), and have been saving all my used containers for craft projects like this one. They work perfectly for this! So go out, eat a delicious salad at Chick-fil-A, and remember to keep your salad container.
In the past, I have used Quikrete from the hardware store to make concrete garden stones. It’s easy to use, inexpensive, and works to make gray stepping stones. This time, I used white outdoor cement mix from the craft store. It costs a few dollars more than Quikrete, but I like how a white concrete background makes colorful mosaic designs pop.
Making stepping stones is a great summer arts and crafts project to do outside with the kids. An adult will need to carefully mix and pour the concrete. Let the kids take over when it’s time for the fun mosaic decorating part.
Before we got started, we made practice designs with our glass gems. This helped us decide how we wanted to place the mosaic gems once we were working with wet cement. Tip: If you need to remove a tile or gem from wet concrete, use a wooden craft stick.
DIY Mosaic Art Stepping Stones Instructions
- White Outdoor Cement
- Stirring Stick
- Mosaic tiles, gems and/or stones
- Stepping Stone Mold (We used Chick-fil-a salad containers)
- Nonstick cooking spray
Step 1: Spray the stepping stone mold with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2: Follow package directions to mix the desired amount of cement mix in a bucket. Use a wood stirring stick (paint stirring sticks work best) to mix the cement. The wet cement mix should be the consistency of pancake batter. Note: For each Chick-fil-A salad container, I mixed 3 cups of white concrete mix with about 9-10 ounces of water.
Step 3: Fill the stepping stone mold with prepared concrete mix, leaving space at the top. Gently tap the sides of the mold for 1-2 minutes to release any air bubbles.
Step 4: The fun part! Use mosaic tiles, gems and stones to create mosaic designs on the cement. Gently press each stone into place in the wet cement.
Step 5: Allow the cement stepping stone to dry for 24 hours. *Important: Do not move the stone while it is drying.* Once it is completely dried, it will be hard. Carefully tip your mold over so the finished stepping stone comes out. The stepping stones are weatherproof and ready to place outside.
It is fun to make mosaic stepping stones!
Craft stores should have all the supplies you need to make DIY mosaic stepping stones. However, if you want to buy everything you need in one box, check out mosaic stepping stone kits. If you have a big group of kids or want to make a large number of stepping stones, it is usually more cost effective to buy the supplies individually. Plus, you can pick out whatever kinds of mosaic tiles, gems and stones you want to use in your projects.
Have you ever made a decorative stepping stone for the garden? What is your favorite Chick-fil-A salad? Let me know if you have any questions about how to make concrete stepping stone mosaics. Enjoy your summer craft time with the kids!