In The Garden by Peggy Collins was more than just a cute kids book...it actually inspired me to decorate my garden!!! There was a few pages that had the wee gardener walking in his garden on tiles of some sort...I instantly thought "What a great idea!".
I rolled the idea around in my brain for a few weeks, trying to figure out the cheapest way to pull this off...without spending a fortune at the Home Hardware store or Michael's Crafts. So far the whole mess cost me a big $25. THATS IT!!!
I bought a big bag of sand mix concrete for $20 and a $5 bag of jewels from a yard sale. Everything else, we already owned...and was just taking up space anyway.
Below is a step by step illustration of how I created garden walkway stones, personalized for our family.
|The concrete....enough for 50 stones!!!|
|the yard sale jewels|
|The largest springform from a set we never actually used for cooking|
|The spring form lined with a plastic bag and some plastic wrap to help the whole mess pop out easier|
|Mixing bucket, water in a watering can and a fork for mixing out the lumps|
|took me a few tries to get the right mix of water to concrete, you're going for mud pie consistancy|
|Owen making sure nothing touches the wet concrete (sort of)|
|finished product - still drying|
|popped out of the form...looks pretty rock-like!|
|some hands fit better than others...tee hee|
Have fun with this! Make a statement. Or just be decorative. I really liked that my son Owen wants our neighbour's son Andrew to have a rock in our garden. In the end, this was kind of like a bonding experience too.
|my very first rock attempt...a little busy on the beads|