Concrete Stepping Stone DIY For Your Garden

Let’s make a concrete stepping stone DIY for your garden using broken plates and cups.

Making concrete stepping stones for your garden is a great way to use odd plates and cups that you have in your cupboards. Or, head to a thrift store or yard sale to pick up pieces to mix and match.

A concrete stepping stone path in a backyard.
Concrete stepping stone path.

We wanted to make a path from our chicken coop door to our chicken pen gate. Outside the coop door though we have a large maple tree with shallow roots so we decided the best option was to make a stepping stone path.

How to make a concrete stepping stone

We made 6 stepping stones and complete the project over a 3-day period. Even though the concrete and grout are said to be quick drying, we wanted to leave each of those steps overnight to ensure they were dry completely before moving on.

Mismatched plates, bowls, and cups for a mosaic concrete stepping stone DIY project for the garden.
Mismatched plates and cups for a concrete stepping stone mosaic project.

Supplies needed to make a concrete stepping stone

  • Pro-Mix Accelerated Concrete Mix or any other fast-setting concrete mix
  • 10-inch clear plastic plant saucer
  • Plates, bowls, and mugs
  • Grout
  • Bucket
  • Trowel
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Tile nippers
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Shovel

Instructions for making a concrete stepping stone

Cutting a plate with a tile cutting tool to make a mosaic stepping stone.
Cut plates with tile nippers for mosaics.
Step 1

Use tile nippers to cut your plates, cups, and bowls into smaller pieces. For curved pieces such as mugs and bowls you will want to cut smaller pieces so you don’t have a large curve in your mosaic.

Tile cutting tip:  Face the wheels on the tile nippers in the direction you want the tile to break.

Wire inside clear plastic saucers to reinforce concrete when it is poured to make concrete stepping stones.
Adding wire to clear plastic saucers reinforces concrete for DIY stepping stones.
Step 2

Place wire over the top of the clear plastic saucers and cut around it. Place the cut wire inside the saucer. When this quick set concrete is poured, it should be about 2 inches thick, however the saucers aren’t quite that high on the sides. You will need the wire to help reinforce the concrete and prevent cracks from forming.

Mixing fast-setting concrete mix in a bucket with water.
Combine water and concrete mix in a bucket with a trowel.
Step 3

Follow the directions on the fast-setting concrete mix bag to combine it with water in a bucket. We find the fast-setting concrete mix works best with this kind of DIY project, however once poured, you will need to add the mosaic pieces quickly.

Concrete being poured into clear plastic saucers with wire for a stepping stone DIY project.
Pour concrete mix into the clear plastic saucer for your stepping stone DIY project.
Step 4

Pour the concrete mix into the clear plastic saucers. Make sure that the wire is covered. You will need to work quickly for the next step, especially if you are making a few stepping stones like we did.

Mosaic plate pattern in concrete stepping stone for a DIY garden project.
Mosaic plate concrete stepping stone DIY.
Step 5

Working quickly, place your broken plate pieces into the concrete. You can make a pattern, or just place them in random spots, it’s entirely up to you. Set aside to dry completely; we left ours overnight.

Grout applied over stepping stone DIY to fill gaps between the mosaic plate pieces.
Spread grout over the top of the tiles and then remove some using a damp sponge.
Step 6

Spread a layer of grout over the top of your mosaic stepping stone. With a damp sponge wipe a layer off to expose the pattern, but don’t wipe it completely clean. Leave overnight, and then using a sponge, gently clean the remaining grout off the plate pieces.

Concrete stepping stones made in a clear plastic saucer that gets cut off at the end.
Concrete stepping stone DIY made in a clear plastic saucer.
Step 7

Using scissors, carefully cut down the side of the clear plastic sauce and then across the bottom of it to remove it from the stepping stone.

A shallow round hole dug in the ground to put a concrete stepping stone inside.
Make a shallow hole in the ground to put a concrete stepping stone in.
Step 8

Place the concrete stepping stone where you want it in the garden. Using the shovel dig marks around the edge of it. Remove the stepping stone, and then dig a shallow hole to place the stone in. This will give it extra support to prevent cracking over time when it’s stepped on. If you have sand, you can add a layer of that underneath it too if you like.

Feet standing next to a concrete stepping stone made with broken plates.
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Concrete Stepping Stone DIY For Your Garden

Concrete Stepping Stone DIY For Your Garden

Make concrete stepping stones for your garden using broken plates and cups.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 30 minutes

Materials

  • Pro-Mix Accelerated Concrete Mix or any other fast-setting concrete mix
  • 10-inch clear plastic plant saucer
  • Plates, bowls, and mugs
  • Grout
  • Water

Tools

  • Bucket
  • Trowel
  • Sponge
  • Tile nippers
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Shovel

Instructions

  1. Break plates, cups, and bowls into pieces using tile nippers.
  2. Place wire on top of the clear plastic saucers and cut around them using wire cutters. Place the cut wire inside the saucer.
  3. Mix the concrete with water according to the bag directions and pour into the saucer making sure the wire is covered.
  4. Working quickly, arrange the broken plate pieces on top, gently pushing them into the concrete. Set aside to dry overnight.
  5. Spread grout over the top of each stepping stone and carefully wipe the excess off (to expose the broken plates) with a damp sponge. Set aside to dry.
  6. Once completely dry gently wipe the excess grout off each of the broken pieces with a damp sponge.
  7. Dig a shallow hole in the garden the size of the stepping stone and put it inside.

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