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Create your own gorgeous stepping stones using a $10 doormat

July 1st, 2021

Home is where your heart is, and the backyard makes it all complete. It’s not a secret that people invest a lot of time, money, energy, and creativity into turning their garden into a beautiful family oasis.

Stepping stones are an excellent way to make a clear path through the garden as they are both functional and attractive.

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Pixabay - FranckinJapan Source: Pixabay - FranckinJapan

Another great thing about stepping stones is that you can turn it into a DIY project. We’ve picked up this brilliant idea on hometalk.com. All you need is some concrete, a $10 Walmart doormat, and patience. Check out the video for detailed instructions.

If you love home décor hacks, this one is for you.

Are you looking for a way to retouch your garden a little bit? With summer upon us, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. Yes, we mean decorative ornaments, hanging baskets, a trellis, a birdbath, a tree swing (if you have one), etc.

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Of course, you’ll take care of your precious flowers and plants as well. So, is there anything missing? How about some beautiful stepping stones to design a phenomenal path through the garden?

You don’t even have to buy them; we’ll tell you how to build them yourself. Home Talk’s instruction video has already been viewed more than a million times.

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YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk Source: YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk

Go ahead and look up concrete stepping stones. The price can go up to more than $40.

Who wouldn’t want to save all that money? Exactly! So, grab a $10 Walmart rug (pick out the one with the pattern you like the most) and some concrete. Now, the mold in the video is square-shaped, and the doormat is a rectangle.

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YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk Source: YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk

You need to measure a square in the middle of the rug and cut it out. Put it inside the frame (we’ll talk about making the frame a bit later), mix the concrete, and pour it all over the doormat mold. Make sure to keep everything nice and tight. Let the concrete dry.

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YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk Source: YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk

Once everything is dry and firm, separate the rug from the stepping stone.

Separation is quite effortless, and the outcome is surprisingly beautiful. After you de-attach the rubber doormat from the concrete, be careful separating the frame as well.

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YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk Source: YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk

You want to keep the frame intact so that you can use it again and make as many stepping stones as you wish. Now, put the stepping stones wherever you want to and watch your garden path transform into a sophisticated walkway.

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YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk Source: YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk

Moving back to the wooden frame, here is how you make one.

Take a wooden board, and cut it into four equal pieces. Connect those pieces to create a square. After that, cut out a rigid bottom of the frame, and attach it to the square.

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YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk Source: YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk

That’s it, you’re done. The process might be a bit more difficult if you don’t have the proper equipment for cutting. In that case, ask for help, or ask someone to cut out the wooden pieces for you. Keep in mind that you can reuse the frame over and over again.

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Don’t stop after the video stops. You can always make additional upgrades.

How about using some tint to color the cement? You can also pour the colored acrylic over the top to enhance the pattern.

Try adding fill-in with resin so that you can walk barefoot on them. The possibilities are endless. Let your imagination loose and play around. You’ll be amazed by the results every step of the way.

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YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk Source: YouTube Screenshot - Hometalk

Watch the video below to see how to make these gorgeous DIY stepping stones for yourself!

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Source: YouTube/Hometalk; Pinterest; Hometalk

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