DIY Embossed Stepping Stones – How to Make Stepping Stones

April 21, 2016Allison Murray
How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

It’s weird how we have very specific memories as children, isn’t it? I remember hopping along the stepping stones on the side of my Mimmie and Poppa’s house. There was literally nothing going on over there except the gate to the front of the house but I still played over there. I remember that’s where I pet my first cat and Mimmie caught me and told me that I just caught ringworm and that I was going to lose my hair. Apparently there was a bit of a problem with kitties and ringworm and I guess hair loss was the quickest way to me giving the neighborhood strays wide berth.

And I did give cats in general wide berth even into high school where I cried and ran away from kittens. I don’t think Mimmie meant for that to happen at all, and seeing as how I have had tons of cats as an adult no lasting damage was done :)

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

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Last summer when I was staying with my parents in Houston Daddy and I made up some stepping stones for the blog but we thought that they weren’t good enough. I was amazed when Rob saw them out in the back, back part of the yard and asked if we had made them. When I uncomfortably tried to explain how it didn’t work out like we had hoped he stopped me to tell me that they turned out really pretty and that he really liked them. Wow! How nice is that?! :)

After our first attempt didn’t go as well as planned we put our second idea on the back-burner even though we already had all of the materials. But having a bit of confidence about the project after Rob’s kudos I decided to try the project my mom and dad and I dreamed up last summer. And I’m so glad I did. These things are BEAUTIFUL and I can’t think of a craft I’d rather share on Earth Day!

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

For this project you will need:

  • Rubber decorative doormat
  • Stepping stone kits
  • Sturdy scissors and box cutter
  • Cooking spray
  • Fine concrete
  • Low grit sandpaper

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

So here is my doormat. I bought it off of Amazon but can’t seem to find it in my purchases (I buy a LOT of stuff on Amazon in a year!) so maybe I got it somewhere else. Keep an eye out for pretty mats because that is what will make these stellar!

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

Using the forms from your stepping stone kits, trace the shapes onto  your mat and cut out. I have some super strong scissors I got as a 2 pack from Walmart that cut right through this business. They actually say strong somewhere on the packaging and they cut through metal. They have gray handles and are by the brand Weston, I believe.

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

Mix your concrete as directed on your packaging. Try not to inhale the dust/powder as I have been told that is bad, bad, bad.

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

Pour concrete almost to the edge of the form. Tap on the table top to help remove any bubbles from the bottom of the form. They’ll actually come up through the top of the cement. See it?

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

Spray your cut pieces liberally with cooking spray.

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

Push the rubber into the concrete as much as you can without having the stuff go over the top of the rubber.

If you’re allergic to latex like I am, be sure to have nitrile gloves handy for this tutorial FYI! After my first attempt I couldn’t figure out why in the heck my hands were bright red to kind of purple and rash covered that spread to my face (I always touch my face constantly though every dermatologist I’ve ever met has told me to STOP!) Whoops!

Set your stone someplace good and flat and leave it for at least 24 hours.

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

Gently pry away the rubber mat out of the concrete. You’ll need to loosen up sections and then try to pull it straight up as much as possible. Some breakage is inevitable but it’s not terribly noticeable in the end so don’t sweat it.

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

To finish use a very coarse sandpaper (I used ones meant for a mouse sander as they have a soft, sort of fabric covered backside that keeps your hands from getting hot from vigorous sanding). Remove any weird bumps around the sides and on the edges of the designs themselves.Above the right side is sanded and the left is not. It’s a huge difference for just a small amount of effort!

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

Place your stepping stones outside and you have a very pretty and very practical little path to follow!

Now my stones are pretty small but they’re still big enough to take steps off of. I’m so glad that Rob gave me the courage to tackle this project because in the end, it’s one that I’m really, really proud of!

How gorgeous are these DIY embossed stepping stones? I had no idea it was this simple to learn how to make stepping stones!

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Comments (31)

  • Pat Schwab

    April 21, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Allison, Loving your stepping stones. Bravo! Pat S

    1. Kristen

      May 14, 2018 at 6:42 AM

      I love your idea. I’ve seen a lot of different ways to do stepping stones but yours is very unique. I love trying new craft projects and I think this will be the one i try next. Thanks for the inspiration and the very specific but easy to follow directions.

  • Janice West

    May 12, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Luv the stepping stones AND your shoes! Are they Tom’s? I’ve never seen that color. I’m all into the rainbow designs for versatility.

    1. Allison Murray

      May 12, 2016 at 1:07 PM

      Thanks so much! And I got them at Target and they are SO comfy. I’m down with the rainbow color scheme too :)

  • Kat

    May 14, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    These are adorable. Instead of kits, you probably could use foil baking pans. Plus, they come in round and square shapes. I have also seen stepping stones made with pizza boxes for a larger size. I think you would carefully line them with plastic wrap. Your designs with the rubber mat rock! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Allison Murray

      May 14, 2016 at 5:29 PM

      Ooh! The pizza box idea is pretty darn genius! And baking tins would make this so much cheaper, too!

  • chris aka monkey

    May 14, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    came over from hometalk, i looked at the stepping stone kits and thought i could buy plastic serve ware from the dollar store and cement from big box, but i would never have thought to use the mat, love this xx

    1. Allison Murray

      May 14, 2016 at 5:29 PM

      So glad to have you over, Chris. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment :) Very glad you like the project!

  • Barb

    May 14, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    How do u get the concrete out of the forms when theyre dry? Can u use pie tins for forms also?

    1. Allison Murray

      May 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM

      Others have mentioned they have great success with baking tins as well as plastic molds. Once the concrete is dry you just pry them out a little bit and then they’ll slide out the rest of the way.

  • Jo

    May 14, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Did you color any of the stone.
    It looks like the background is white.
    Very pretty.

    1. Allison Murray

      May 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM

      I did not. It’s just gray concrete but I might color any future ones I make.

      1. Samantha G

        May 1, 2017 at 4:57 AM

        Your stepping stones was FABULOUS n GORGEOUS idea!! I 💕Be them!!…What kind of paint would you use if you did paint them?

        1. Allison Murray

          May 2, 2017 at 6:46 PM

          In all honesty I’d probably ask for a suggestion at a local hardware store. If they’ll be more for decoration and less an actual path you could probably get away with chalk paint that you seal up. But if it will be high traffic I’d definitely ask the paint counter and see what they’d suggest. Good luck (and send me a pic if you paint any – it sounds gorgeous!)

  • Carol Lacey

    May 14, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Those are adorable

  • travis dillon

    May 14, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    looks good / thanks.

  • Kathy

    May 14, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Amazing things

  • Dudee

    May 14, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Wow very pretty thanks

  • Sherri

    May 14, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Love your concrete creations. Can the rubber mat that you inserted into the concrete re-usable or does it tend to break when you peal it out after it’s dry? Thanks, Sherri

    1. Allison Murray

      May 15, 2016 at 7:32 AM

      If you remove it carefully and make sure that you don’t push it so far into the concrete that it spills over the back of the mat you can reuse that business for EVER! I used 2 cut outs to make 6 stones so far and they’re both still intact so I can make more. Since we’re renting Rob and I thought it might be a bad idea to make too many because then we have to move them so I’m saving everything to make more once we find a home to buy!

  • Erica Smith

    May 14, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Love these Allison!!!! Found you through HomeTalk and soooo glad I did!!! My first time commenting on any of the blogs from HT! The stepping stones deserve a round of applause! ??? I L❤VE the mat you used!!! My favorite flower is the Sunflower and wold be so happy to have some like yours to walk along a path to my Garden! Happy Crafting…keep up the GREAT blog and a BIG thanks to Rob for his boosting you….we all benefited from your courage!!! Could you tell Me how to share the ones I’m now going to make with you? Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!!
    ☆Prim Blessings☆
    Erica Smith

    1. Allison Murray

      May 15, 2016 at 7:30 AM

      Wow! Thanks so much, Erica! I am so excited to have you here and I hope I don’t disappoint with future projects! When you make yours you can either email me directly at allison @ dreamalittlebigger.com (no spaces) or you can post them onto the wall of my Facebook page here! I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see yours :)

  • Maribel

    May 15, 2016 at 4:21 AM

    They’re wonderful… I’m gonna try making some for my garden

  • Beam

    May 17, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    You have inspired me to be more creative. What a simple but cute idea! This will be another project for me. Thank you for sharing.

  • Carol

    May 22, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Does it matter if you use concrete or cement? Our family made some beautiful stepping stones from kits using little colored beads for creative designs, but are afraid they will get ruined if put outside and walked on. Mom is 100 years old and we certainly wouldn’t want the one she made harmed.

    1. Allison Murray

      May 23, 2016 at 8:03 PM

      What I used is actually cement from the craft store for stepping stones BUT I’ve heard from some readers that the cement alone eventually does break down and will often crack open. They suggest using a metal mesh or rods to make them sturdier or to use a concrete for extra strength. I know this doesn’t help much since yours are already made. I think to be save I’d keep Mom’s stone somewhere safe.

  • Jan

    March 6, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Can’t wait to try never thought of mats great idea

    1. Allison Murray

      March 7, 2018 at 2:48 PM

      Good luck!

  • Christine

    August 15, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    we love this idea. And I’ve been wanting to make something like this where it’s embedded and there’s the Deep crevice. because then in the Deep crevice I’m going to Mosaic it with different colors of tile

  • juli

    September 9, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    is there a concern about water sitting in the crevices? also, are these really thick enough to step on, hubby is 200 +? thanks ☺

    1. Allison Murray

      September 11, 2018 at 12:25 PM

      Water seems to mostly come out of the sides so it doesn’t really pool up. Just be sure that your embossing extends beyond the edges so the water can drip off. As far as weight goes, I think it should be fine. They will definitely do better if they are on ground that is completely flat. If they kind of tip around a bit because the ground isn’t level, I could see them cracking but if they’re good and flat and stay that way, I think there should be no worries about the hubby :)

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