Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mother's Day Stepping Stones

It's that time of year again when we pay homage to mother's everywhere.  Children create cards and draw pictures to lavish upon their moms.  People take a day to contemplate the important role our moms play in our lives. 

We don't have a set Mother's Day routine at this house.  My husband and boys always surprise me with a card or a fun little gift.  The stepping stone pictured above was made by my middle son last year.  We made them for grandmas and great grandmas, but my husband had the boys each make me one.  They were simple, cheap, and have lasted longer than a wilting bouquet of dandelions.

To decorate our stepping stones, the boys were creative and used rocks, marbles, pieces of broken mirrors, and fancy colored stones we bought at the Dollar Tree.  They made patterns and swirls using their objects.  It was a lot of fun.

Here is what you need:
  • bag of cement mix-  you can pick up a bag at Menards, Lowes, or your local hardware store
  • reused disposable pie tins or plastic containers without holes
  • water
  • an old big bucket for mixing the cement
  • a trowel or small shovel to stir the cement mix
  • marbles, stones, pieces of pottery, rocks, etc.

Here is what you do:
  • Mix the cement and water according to the package directions.  
  • Pour the cement mix into your containers so they are filled an inch or two.
  • Let the cement set for a bit so it holds shape if you want to write words or leave hand prints.
  • Decorate your stepping stone with your selected materials.
  • Let the cement cure and harden.
  • After the cement is hardened, pop it out of your container or tear away the outer mold.
Voila!  You have a wonderful Mother's Day gift that will last for years to come.

What are you giving or making for Mother's Day this year?

2 comments:

Michelle said...

These are fantastic!!!!!!!
This is what we are giving my mother for Mother's Day:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=171325369588008&set=pu.171315399589005&type=1&theater

Not quite finished yet! haha!!

ALSO:
I gave you an award on my blog and linked to yours! You are so very creative!!

http://michellescharmworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/id-like-to-thank.html

Plain Graces said...

Those are great! I love the idea of aging the pictures to go with the "sampler". Very fun and original!

THANK YOU for the award- Made my day!