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June 27, 2019

Making Garden Stones with Thrift Store Molds

I often find these old copper molds at Goodwill in just about any design and shape you can imagine. And I usually left them behind because I just wasn’t sure what to do with them.

But then I had an idea – What if I used them as molds to make garden decor stones? Like stepping stones but in fun shapes and designs?

So, I decided to put my idea to the test. I bought several copper molds from Goodwill, as well as some crafting concrete (basically a stepping stone kit). I followed the directions on the box and mixed it up in a bucket with water.

Then, I sprayed the inside of each copper mold with nonstick cooking spray. This is an important step so don’t skip it!

I poured the cement mixture into each mold, smoothing down the tops (which will become the bottoms) with a garden trowel. Then I quickly rinsed out the bucket and trowel in the backyard.

Per the stepping stone kit instructions, I left the molds alone for 24 hours. But after that, I popped them out and they were perfect! (That’s the point of the nonstick spray – to easily remove the hardened stones from the molds.)

Now, you could leave them as is and simply seal with a waterproof top coat. But I painted them first with a combination of spray paint and craft paint (for the details), and THEN brushed on a sealer.

And that was it! Bright and fun garden stones to liven up our yard!

Isn’t that a fun way to repurpose those old copper molds? And a great craft to do with the kids over summer break, too!

Sadie

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