Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rhubarb Stepping Stone - How To

Are you a can jammer with leftover rhubarb leaves?
Don't throw them away!
Make a stepping stone!
First dig a shallow hole.

Mix up some concrete.
Remember to wear a mask, eye protection and gloves. Really. It's not fun to get cement in your eyes or lungs.

Place your leaves on top of the cement.

Put a plastic bag on top of the rhubarb leaves and then cover it with a layer of damp sand.

Your stepping stone should be hard in a few hours or overnight - depending on the type of cement you decide to use. I use mortar mix, because it gives the stepping stones a finer detail. There aren't any stones in the mortar mix.
Once your stepping stone is dry let it cure for a few days. Spray it with water every day. Then you can paint it. I use Patio Paints and then seal with an exterior varnish.

This is one I made last summer. For this one I put the leaf down first and then poured the cement on top of it.


  1. Thanks for these instructions. I am planning on trying it this weekend. Your are so cute. I can't wait to try it.

  2. I love this idea. I'm going to try it!

  3. Just stumbled upon your blog. I've been reading past entries and find it fascinating. Where do you find the time to do all this? I've added you to my favorites list. Happy gardening!

  4. Sara - Thanks! :)

    Bonnie, Cynergy Diva- Hope your stepping stones are beautiful!

    Richard- LOL! It's hard to find the time to post about all my projects. I have 4 or 5 I've been working on, but just don't have the time to write posts for. It would be nice to have an assistant! I guess I don't watching TV and I'm always curious to try something new. Although, sometimes I go to work (the pay check/taxes real work) just to relax and get away from ALL my PROJECTS! Which is ironic, because I have a very stressful high pressure job. :P

  5. Oh, I forgot to mention. Those "Wall of Tomatoes" photographs you posted last year are miraculous. I have never seen tomato plants like that. Seriously. I hope you sent your seed/plant purveyor a copy so they could put you in their annual seed catalog.