Concrete Stepping Stone Projects with Dad
Concrete stepping stones can be functional, decorative or both. Our customers have made stepping stones for garden pathways, patios, special family projects and much more. The stones can be colored in many ways depending on function and aesthetic expectations. Forms or molds can be purchased or homemade but surface preparation is still the most important part of any successful stepping stone or concrete paver installation.
Whether you buy your forms from a concrete form or mold manufacturer, a craft store or make your own, pick what will work best for the project you have in mind. There are a number of great options online to choose from. Here are a few examples we had around our shop that we have used for projects in the past.
Coloring Concrete Stepping Stones
We have a number of options for color concrete stepping stones or pavers. Many of our customers choose to integrally color or add the color before pouring the concrete. Concrete pigment solidly colors the stepping stone and is a great option if you’re constructing a patio or just something special for Dad because there are so many colors to choose from! Create your own form from wood or select from any number of formed stepping stone molds.
Tips for Mixing and Pouring
Thoroughly mix the pigment into the concrete dry before adding water. If you’re batching the concrete, always use the same amount of pigment, concrete mix and water for every batch to ensure a consistent color. For best results, spray your molds or forms with Liquid Release to ensure a clean release when the concrete is fully cured. Same would be true for both colored or regular gray or white-based concrete.
Acid Staining Concrete Stepping Stones and Pavers
After breaking the stepping stone out of the form, acid staining is an easy and creative way to color and design to your concrete project. Whether you’re looking for something neutral or an elaborate design, acid stain or Deco Gel acid stain can do the job!
Spray, paint or dip the stones into liquid acid stain or using artist brushes create any design you wish with the Deco Gel. Gelled acid stains have the consistency of oil paint but are actually an acid stain. Use the gel for monograms, images or similar design elements. Makes a fun project for the family or as a memorial for Dad.
Other Coloring Options
Concrete stepping stones and pavers can also be colored using a tinted concrete sealer in a variety of colors to create patterns or just brighten up a patio. DCI Tinted Concrete Sealer is available in 3 sealer products and is offered over 35 colors. We’ve got plenty of design ideas to get you started for the summer season. For best results, apply a clear coat on top of the tinted sealer for greater durability and longevity. The clear sealer helps to preserve the color and is much easier to reapply for future maintenance.