The first step was gathering all the needed materials. My husband gathered disposable shapers. (The thing he bought was actually the lids to cover food for summer picnics. He then taped the holes. He also used my rolling, potted plant holder.) I've seen lots of tutorials, DIY's, etc. on Pinterest. I will post a link to my board on there. https://www.pinterest.com/jodiebird55/concrete-stepping-stones/.
He also gathers protective guards like gloves, eye shields, etc. These are very important. I would also suggest older clothes that have seen better days.
He bought ready mix concrete. How great is that stuff? Yes, it takes away some of the chemistry fun, but is breaks it down really simple for people who have never done it. You will also need a container to mix the concrete that you may never be able to use again.
He also borrowed some things from my gardening bench. These were helpful in stirring and spreading the concrete. The bag(at least the one he bought gave helpful tips on what to use.) My husband also had some things he used when putting in a tile floor for his brother.
|As you can see, he borrowed one of my garden shovel. My husband is pretty finky about things, so it can back even a little cleaner than when he borrowed it.|
He then put the concrete mixture in our forms while the kids watched. At this time, they were a little more hands on and sometimes just observers. I was just told this point of the process, but still get to watch.
|You can see here how my husband flattened the surface and cleaned around the edges. You can also see one of the tools her used.|
Now to let it set, the length of time recommended on the bag. When ready pop it out, but let it set for just a little more.
And you have the finished project. If you had decided not to put in "jewels", you can now paint that.