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!