My mom’s birthday was last week. What do you get someone who already has everything? Personally, I have a list of things I “need” and wait until my birthday or Christmas until I get them…but if she needs something, she can just go buy it…leaving us stumped when it comes time to buying her a present.
My mom is a GREAT gardner. Her house is perfectly landscaped, her tomatoe plants actually yeild tomatoes and her flowers don’t look wilted. So, I thought she would like some stepping stones for her garden with her grandchildren’s foot prints in them (she has 5 grandchildren so we made 4 more similar to the one below):
Want to make some for your own house, or as a present?
Bucket for mixing
Something to smooth out the cement (I used an old credit card type thing)
Containers (you could use pie plates. I used those plastic things that go under plants. They come in different dimensions. Since I have a six year old, we used the 12″ circles so both of her feet and her name would fit.)
Cement. I used this kind:
First, spray the container with PAM. This will allow the cement to pop right out when it is dry.
Second, mix the cement in the bucket according to the package directions. ( I had a little trouble with this. I had to keep adding water until I thought it looked right. When I poured it into the pan, it was too runny so we had to let it sit for a little while to harden before we could put their feet in it.)
Then pour the cement into the sprayed container and smooth it out with your hand or a card.
Once it is smooth, pour oil on the feet and make your impressions.
Set it to the side to dry. The cement comes off the feet easily if you wash it right after you make your foot prints. You could actually just spray your feet with PAM instead of using different oil if you would rather.
You can add whatever you want to the cement (shells, stones etc…) I wanted to keep mine plain.
HAVE FUN!! If something is not explained clearly, just ask!!