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DIY Leafy Garden Stepping Stones

created at: 10/13/2011

Do you have stepping stones in your yard? I've seen so many varieties, but can't ever seem to commit to a design or pattern, color or style. But as soon as I saw this DIY project I knew I'd met my match.  

created at: 10/13/2011

All it requires is one of nature's best patterns – the leaf! The end look is organic and artsy, the perfect pairing. It's tough to go wrong when the main material is free. Add a few more elements and your garden pathway is transformed into something fresh and beautiful.

You'll need Google Translator to convert the Swedish DIY from Hemmariket (about halfway down the page), but it's worth your time and a little effort – your yard will thank you!

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CapreeK on Jun 16, 2014:

Hi Kristen -- I believe the paper rings are concrete form tubes that have been cut down. You can find these at most big home improvement stores. For reference, this is what they look like: http://www.homedepot.com/p/SAKRETE-8-in-x-48-in-Concrete-Form-Tube-65470075/100321209


Kristen on Jun 09, 2014:

Where do I get the paper rings?


SHEILA on Jun 03, 2014:

It is a Rhubbard leaf  have a few stems soaking in water now to keep the leaves alive until I find the perfect site to do my stepping stone


Anonymous on Apr 22, 2014:

What is a "paper"? I love this idea for a front walk way.


Sue on Apr 11, 2014:

Looks like a hollyhock leaf to me, and that's what I'll be using for this project.


Dolly on May 09, 2013:

I could see this with an arrangement of magnolia leaves, fig leaves, elephant ears, short stalks of bamboo with leaves--endless possibiities.


Merry Fischer on Mar 19, 2013:

the rhubarb leaf would be great we also have what is call gunners manicata that would be excellent for any size stones up to 4' to 6' if the stone could tolerate the pressure


Danell on May 23, 2012:

Translation:

Mix the cement (finbetong) until it resembles oatmeal. Mixing ratios of water and concrete are also listed on the packaging. Stir in about 10 minutes.
Saw off a paper of suitable size. These are available at well stocked hardware stores.
Oil the rhubarb leaf to get it to release better. Add this to a flat surface and protect the surface during the plastic.
Push the paper ring tight against the sheet and fill with concrete. Stir gently to prevent air bubbles. Place a weight on, making sure it stays in place. Let the concrete burn one days


Jenni on Feb 21, 2012:

I'm sure that's a simple rhubarb leaf, lots of that around, even to be found in abandoned gardens and yards.


Marie on Jan 28, 2012:

The leaf looks like a collard, it is a winter veggie.


Jackie on Jan 27, 2012:

An Elephant Ear leaf would work nicely...thats acutally what I thought that was pictured


DesigningMom on Oct 29, 2011:

Thanks again.


Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011:

Actually, I checked out the original Swedish site (after I posted my first comment) and it says that it's a rhubarb leaf...but I think a pumpkin leaf would do the trick, too!


DesigningMom on Oct 29, 2011:

Wow I had not idea that was a pumpkin leaf. Thanks! We have farms all around us.


Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011:

My pumpkins/winter squashes, and some of my zucchinis, produce leaves that big.  (And, indeed, it looks to me like the leaf being used there is a pumpkin.)  If you don't have a garden, try asking around - I'm sure someone would lend you a pumpkin leaf or two! ;o)


DesigningMom on Oct 17, 2011:

May I ask where you find such a huge leaf for this project? I wonder too if one could lay down a number of oak, maple or other leaf they happen to have in their yard and get a similar result?


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