Nature doesn’t need much help in the beauty department, but a bit of handmade garden art adds a sweet touch to backyards big and small, especially when little hands have helped create it. Mosaics are a great way for kids to let their personalities shine, and to claim their own little corner of the world. These stepping stones are a great summer project on so many levels. They bring together a variety of bright colors, textures, and shapes, result in a long-lasting keepsake, and best of all, provide hours of fun over a couple of days!
- Combine grout (powder) and water in the bucket and stir for 5 minutes using the wooden paint stirrer; let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
- Stir the mixture again, then begin applying it to the mosaic with your hands. Feel free to glob it on, and be sure to wear disposable gloves (cement is very drying).
- When all of the gaps are filled, use the side of your hand to scrape off excess grout. It doesn’t have to be perfect at this point, but you should be able to see at least a little bit of all of your pieces. Let the grout set for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, fill your 2nd bucket or coffee can with clean tap water.
- When your wait is over, use a clean, damp sponge to wipe the remaining grout from the top of each tile. Rinse your sponge often in the bucket. You don’t want the sponge dripping wet; be sure to ring it out really well each time you rinse it. When the water is dirty, dump it out in the gutter and get clean water. Continue wiping the top of the mosaic until you are happy with how it looks. Allow to dry 2-3 hours. This entire step can be done by children under adult supervision, but I should warn you that wiping the tiles down takes quite a bit of time, and my kids let me finish that part for them. They did, however, thoroughly enjoy smearing grout all over their stepping stones. They could have done that for hours!
4. Shine When the grout is set, use a soft cloth to gently buff the top of the mosaic. This will remove any haze or cloudiness left behind by the grout. Allow to sit overnight.
5. Seal Apply grout sealer according to package directions, and allow to dry completely. This step should be completed by an adult. We used a spray-on grout sealer and it was very easy; we applied two coats, and the whole process took less than 20 minutes, most of which was waiting time.
6. Place When grout sealer has dried completely, find a nice spot in your yard or garden, and place your stepping stone!
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Be sure to tune in to Alexandra Hedin next Wednesday for your second Endless Summer Project!