DIY Mosaic Patio Stones
Accessorize Your Lawn & Garden
The first few weeks of fall are crucial for caring for your lawn and taking care of those last-minute outdoor chores. As you check off the essential items on your to do list this month, take some time to get a little bit crafty with Weed Man’s new do-it-yourself mosaic stone project. In addition to being fun and inexpensive to make, these stones will make a memorable addition to your lawn and garden – this fall, next spring, and for years to come.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 round, non-stick cake pan
- Contact paper
- Old plates or saucers (choose your favorite patterns at a local thrift store)
- Glass gems or sea glass
- Marine varnish
- Chicken wire or any wire mesh
- Safety glasses
- Rubber gloves
- Dust mask
- Put your safety glasses on. Place a plate or saucer inside a cloth bag or cover with an old sheet or towel, and smash it with a hammer. Repeat until you have all the pieces you need. You’ll probably want a variety of sizes.
- Place your cake pan on your contact paper and trace around the base.
- Cut out the contact paper circle. Remove backing and place inside the cake pan, sticky side up. Add your mosaic pieces to the contact paper with the desired design facing down. Press each piece so it is firmly stuck to the contact paper. Leave enough room between the pieces so that the cement can fill the spaces in between.
- Carefully lift the piece of contact paper and view your design.
- If you are happy with your layout, place the design back into the pan with the sticky side up. Head outdoors, put on your dust mask and mix up your concrete according to the instructions on the bag. It should be the consistency of porridge when it’s ready.
- In the meantime, cut a square piece of chicken wire or wire mesh to fit inside the stepping stone. This will help to support it. Also, line the inside rim of your cake pan with Vaseline for easy releasing.
- Put on your rubber gloves and spoon concrete into your cake pan.
- Spread so it evenly covers your design (about an inch thick).
- Place your piece of wire mesh onto the wet concrete.
- Spread another one inch layer of concrete over the wire.
- Let sit for two days. When it’s ready, turn it over and tap on the back of the cake pan. It should release easily. Slowly remove contact paper.
- If there are holes, you can fill them with cement. You can use sand paper to smooth grooves in the cement.
- Varnish with marine varnish.
And you’re done! These stones are the perfect addition to any yard (and make great gifts, too!).
Brought to you by Weed Man Lawn Care.