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How to Make Leaf Stepping Stones
Design unique stepping-stones for your garden or along your front walk using this easy (and fun) technique. All you will need is a mold/leaf the size you want for your stepping-stones, an open area to do your craft and a little time.
Cut plastic sheeting that is approximately 15 centimeter (5.9 in).larger than your leaf. Place sheeting on the ground. Make sure area is clear of debris and additional leaves. Also, this project works best in an area that is free of any moisture.
Place leaf on top of plastic sheeting.Make sure the leaf is centered and the veins are face up.
Mix concrete according to package directions and then apply directly to leaf.Working quickly, use gloved hands to integrate concrete mixture together. Spread mixture over the leaf until you achieve a thickness of approximately 2.5 to 4 centimeter (1.0 to 1.6 in).
- Smooth hand over concrete to remove air bubbles and create a flat surface.
Cut chicken wire to leaf size and place over to the top of the concrete covered leaf.Cut wire to within 5 centimeter (2.0 in). of the edge, overlapping pieces if necessary.
- Add more concrete over the chicken wire, spread again to a 2.5 to 4 centimeter (1.0 to 1.6 in). thickness. Smooth your hand over the top to remove bubbles.
Wrap edges and leaf in the remaining portion of the plastic, taking care to adhere plastic to design with fingers.The plastic will remain in place as the design cures and dries, which could take up to 48 hours.
- Add a second piece of plastic over the top of the design to ensure it cures properly and does not simply dry out.
Peel away small pieces of leaf once design has cured.If you worked in a humid environment, the leaf may have already decomposed and broken down.
- Use a hose with jet spray nozzle to remove remaining leaf pieces.
Spray stones over the next several days as the curing process takes nearly a week to complete.You can place the stones in the desired area, but avoid walking on them until the curing process has finished.
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