Bay Area landscape architecture firm Studio Green creates gorgeous garden elements for its clients, like these patio squares that have been seeded with colored glass. I love the unexpected sparkle to these simple patio steps. Making patio stepping stones isn't too difficult, and by adding colored glass tiles, you can get the same special sparkle without all of the work of sanding down the broken glass pieces.
Summer is an ideal time of the year to make these pavers, since hot, sunny weather will help them dry more quickly. This project takes a few different steps and requires a period of one to two weeks between making the steps and using them to let the concrete steps cure.
- Concrete mix
- Concrete paver mold, like these, or you can simply use shallow plastic containers that are the right size for your project
- Concrete trowel
- Glass tiles, in whatever size you like
- Mold release product, such as canola and safflower oil
- Wheelbarrow or large pail
- Dust mask if you are working indoors
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Here are the steps:
- Brush the inside of the mold surface with the mold release.
- Measure out dry concrete or mortar mix in your wheelbarrow or large pail. Add water according to the instructions on your concrete bag. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour the concrete into the molds. Mix the concrete to make sure all the air bubbles are out.
- Now, carefully place your glass tiles the top surface of the concrete mixture. Use your trowel to lightly push the glass tiles into the concrete, which should still be wet.
- Before the concrete sets, use your trowel to smooth the surface. Let the molds rest for at least 24 hours before you remove the molds.
- Remember to wash the tools you use to mix the concrete immediately after use. If you don't, the concrete will harden and you won't be able to remove it.
- Let the concrete steps cure for one to two weeks, then set your stepping stones out in your garden.