Strolling Down Memory Lane with Photograph Stepping Stones

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If you're looking for a unique garden path for your yard and have a family that you are proud of, it's time to consider combining the history of your family with a garden path. A little ready-mix concrete, some photographs, epoxy, and some creativity can go a long way in combining family history and your garden path.

Picture a path leading through your garden that is filled with pictures of your family over the years. Wouldn't it be nice to take a stroll through time as you stroll through your garden? Here, you will learn how to make photograph paving stones for your garden.

Supply List:

  • Aluminum foil disposable cake pans—choose the size of pan you want the stepping stones to be 
  • Ready-mix concrete
  • Wire mesh
  • Laminated photographs (laminated to protect the images)
  • Clear epoxy meant for use on concrete
  • Trowel to smooth the concrete
  • Can of cooking spray
  • Rubber mallet

Step 1: Coat the cake pan with cooking spray. This will help the finished stone come out of the cake pan more easily.

Step 2: Mix the concrete and pour a thin layer of it in the bottom of the pan.

Step 3: Cut the wire mesh to fit in the cake pan, allowing for a one-inch border around all sides. Set the mesh in the poured concrete and press it lightly to ensure it is in place.

Step 4: Cover the wire mesh with concrete and smooth the surface with the trowel.

Step 5: Let the concrete cure for a couple of days. (Two days should do if the humidity levels are low. Let the concrete cure for three days if humidity levels are high.)

Step 6: Carefully flip the concrete-filled cake pan upside down and gently tap it with a rubber mallet. The concrete should come out easily. If it doesn't, you may have to use a razor knife to cut the cake pan off.

Step 7: Place the laminated picture on the stone where you would like it. You can include a date and wording on the stone with laminated scrap-booking letters.

Step 8: Cover the picture and stone with clear concrete epoxy. Smooth the surface using the trowel.

Step 9: Allow the epoxy to cure for a day or two before moving it into place.

This fun project can be used in many ways. Consider including handprints of the kids in the concrete to go with then pictures. Then, make a new stepping stone for each year as they grow. Have fun with the idea and make it your own. It costs little and has a huge impact on how lovely the stroll through your garden can be.

To learn more about concrete, consult a professional such as New Interstate Concrete​. 

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23 June 2016

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