How To Make Stepping Stones

Difficulty: Easy  |  Estimated time: 4 hours  |  Help needed: Varies volunteers

If a pathway is an option for enhancing your play environment, this fun way of making stepping stones is a great activity for adults and children. Be creative and add colorful bits and pieces, or fun designs to your stepping stones.

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Materials and tools

Quantity: Materials:
Adjust as needed 12"x12" cement pavers
Adjust as needed Concrete primer
Adjust as needed Porch and floor paint
Adjust as needed Paint supplies
Tools needed:
Tape measure
Push broom

Preparation instructions

  1. Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.

  2. Lay down drop cloth or paint in an area that can be easily cleaned of excess paint.

  3. If the pavers will be painted, first coat with a layer of concrete primer.

  4. Paint all of the 12in pavers as desired when the concrete primer is dry.

  5. Prepare the pathway by digging down 1-2". Level the area with a tamp to provide a flat surface on which to lay the pavers.

Build instructions

  1. Before building, inventory and sort all of your materials.

    Quantity: Inventory:
    Adjust as needed 12"x12" cement pavers
    Adjust as needed Paver sand
    Optional Landscape edging
  2. Ensure that the ground surface is flat and level. If the surface is not level use a piece of wood or durable straight edge to create a level surface. If needed, lay more paver sand and level as shown below.

  3. When laying the pavers, check the spaces in between each paver. The spaces should all be the same distance apart. The closer the bricks are together, the better. If sand prevents this, clear out the excess sand and lay the brick again.

  4. After all the bricks have been laid, pour leftover paver sand over the top. Using your push broom, sweep the excess sand off allowing the space between each paver to be filled.

  5. Optional Edging: Lay the edging along the outside of the pavers. Make sure that the edging is as tight up against the pavers as possible. This will prevent movement over time.