Design your own Concrete or Stones Pavers & Save Money

If you want to design your own concrete stones pavers and save some money, you can buy a bag of concrete mix, buy or make concrete step stone moulds and collect shells, pottery shards, interesting stones, and stained glass mosaic pieces to decorate the surface of your custom garden stone pavers.

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This Article Covers the Following:
1. Recycled Pottery Mosaics Pre-cut Stained Glass Tiles.
2. Materials to Make a paver…
3. Setting Up Your Own pavers Mold
4. Preparing the paver
5. Recycled Pottery Mosaics
6. Recycle old bits of pottery, dishes and other fired pieces into decorative mosaic chips.

Materials to Make a Garden Pavers

Garden craft pavers concrete mix
1 pkg. ready-to-mix vinyl concrete patch mix

Plastic flower pot drain saucer or storage container base, old round cake pen, wooden strips nailed together, disposable aluminum pans, or other container in the size and shape you want for your stepping stone. The depth should be 1-3/4 to 2-inches.

Clean Water
Mixing Container
Garden Trowel or Hand Shovel
Plastic Trash Bags or Drop Cloths, or an old plastic shower curtain
Decorative stones, shells, pottery shards, beach glass or marbles

Safety Equipment
Sturdy Rubber Gloves
Shatterproof Safety Goggles
Dust Mask or Respirator
Setting Up Your Own Stepping Stone Mold
Cover work area with plastic sheeting to protect surface.

Your concrete will need to dry in place in its mold for about two days, so choose a location where you can leave your concrete step stone protected from the weather and undisturbed for 2-3 days.

If using a purchased concrete casting mold, prepare it for casting according to manufacturer’s instructions. To make a wooden frame mold, cut 2″ strips of thin wood to lengths required to make a shape approximately 12-inches to 16-inches square and 2 inches deep. Nail the wood strips together, then place the open mold frame on strong surface or on the ground on a bed of smooth sand. Line the wooden mold with a plastic bag, carefully smoothing our any wrinkles.

Preparing the Mosaic Paver Stone Pattern

Decide on a design ahead of time, or just go for a free form layout. You can make your mosaic first, then add concrete on top, or you can prepare the concrete slab, then press in your decorative objects.

To mold concrete on top of mosaic, follow this process:

Place your decorative glass, shells and other items face down in a pleasing arrangement within the bounds of your mold frame. Leave about 1/2 inch at the edges to allow concrete to fill in and prevent chipping or loss of stones.

Wear a safety mask and goggles when working with concrete mix

Follow Instructions When Mixing Concrete Mix.
Concrete mix and cement dust are caustic substances. Be sure to wear a protective dust mask plus eye protection and rubber gloves when working with concrete powder and mixed concrete.

Prepare concrete mix according to package directions. Add coloring powder if desired. Do not add more water than recommended. Your mix should have the consistency of stiff cookie dough; it should not be watery or “pourable”.

A how to book on creating beautiful concrete and stained glass pavers for your garden. With easy to follow instructions and lots of detailed photos anyone can learn to make pavers with this book.

Makes a durable, weather resistant concrete mosaic stone.

This kit contains: 7 lbs. of stepping stone mix, 12″ reusable plastic mold, 1 lb. stained glass, 1 wooden paddle,writing tool and instructions and design ideas. Warning: choking hazard. Small parts, not for children under 3 years; MIX contains silica sand known to the state of California to cause cancer. Parental supervision is required.

 

Casting Your Stepping Stone

How to form and pack the stepping stone mold
After you’ve arranged your mosaic pattern the way you want it, you can begin to pack concrete mix into the mold on top of the pattern. Take care not to disturb stones, and pack concrete tightly along mold edges. Press down and pat to blend concrete together.
Pebble Mosaics for the Garden

Original step-by-step projects and inspirational examples show how to create mosaics using pebbles and other natural materials.

Although the results may look complicated, the basic technique is easy to master, allowing even beginners to create original decorative pieces for the home. Talented designer Ann Frith has drawn on the ancient tradition of pebble mosaic to devise 12 contemporary projects using pebbles and other natural materials such as broken slate, flint and glass.

If you prefer to make thinner, free form pavers, you don’t need to use a mold. Instead, you can simply pat out your concrete on the ground on top of a layer of fine sand over which you’ve placed a sturdy plastic bag. Create a shape that measures from 8 to 12 inches in diameter, with about a 1.5- to 3-inch thickness. Using this method, you will arrange and press your mosaic pieces into the surface of the prepared concrete after you form the stone shape.

 

Garden Mosaic Project

Learn to make garden craft pavers, benches, planters and more
25 fabulous projects that show you just how easy it is to enhance the natural beauty of your home and garden with simple and elegant mosaics. Using stone, tile, china and broken and shaped glass, you can create gorgeous garden art.

Garden Mosaics Made Easy offers you all the information you need to begin creating your own gorgeous mosaics.

Find Inspiration and Materials to Make Garden Pavers

I sometimes help out tending the plants in the garden center at my favorite shop in Melbourne, Deck n Pave is a wonderful melange of gardening supplies, bird houses and feeders, statuary, planters, plants, gifts, fashions and now there’s even a cupcake shop in the tea room.

I was pruning and fertilising some over-wintered perennials last spring in the back garden and this little chickadee decided to check the blue birdhouse for vacancy. We spent about 15 minutes watching one another as he posed for many photos and talked to me.

Deck n Pave  at the fence is a garden and gift emporium featuring a unique shop and complete service offerings from one location! You’ll find everything from gourmet goodies, bird feeders and feeding supplies, garden gifts, wonderful annual and perennial plants, garden decor and expert planting advice. Plus, there’s a decorative paver studio.

Plants, fresh vegetables, garden decor, baked goods, cider and of course APPLES. 

Hedge and Stone is a family owned business started in the 90’s. Specialising in new and unusual landscaping, as well as tree pruning and removal services. Herbs gardening and landscape design are also a specialty with us from large commercial projects through to garden advice for residence of Melbourne, Australia.

Offering a wonderful selection of flowering trees, shrubs, blueberry bushes, roses, planting containers, trellises and garden art for your landscape.

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