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Cement or Concrete for Stepping Stones

Cement or Concrete for Stepping Stones

Sherri Osborn
Of course, concrete is probably the most vital ingredient in your stepping stones. But what kind of concrete or cement should you use to make your stepping stones?

Do you know what the difference is between cement and concrete? While the two words are sometimes used interchangeably, cement is actually one component of concrete. Cement is a "fine gray powder of calcined limestone and clay". It is mixed with water and sand to make mortar; or it is mixed with water, sand, and aggregate (gravel) to make concrete.

You do have a different options when it comes to what concrete you use for your stepping stones. I suggest you browse the aisles of a home improvement store and experiment. Before you start, you might want to read through all of these stepping stone concrete tips.

Here are a couple of the options available:

  • Quick-Setting Concrete - This is available at hardware or home improvement stores. I used the cheapest Quikrete, under $2 for a 60-pound bag. While it worked just fine for us and the price was right, it was a little pebbly and next time I will spend a little more money to buy a slightly better grade. I made 5 stones and didn't even use half of the bag. (compare prices)

  • Stepping Stone Concrete - You can find this concrete mixture at crafts stores. It is made especially for use in stepping stones. This is bit spendy though; the average cost was about $5 to make 1 stone. This special concrete might be more worth your while if you are only planning on making 1 or 2 stones. (compare prices)

Make sure you check out the forum discussion to see all the great ideas shared by others.

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