Mosaic Butterfly Stepping Stone

Mosaic Butterfly Stepping Stone

This springy Mosaic Butterfly Stepping Stone from Delphi Glass is a great addition to your garden.  You could also display this butterfly mosaic in your house to add some color to your decor.  Create a whole flutter of colorful butterflies for a unique garden display!

Mosaic Butterfly Stepping Stone

Materials:

  •  9" Butterfly Mold
  • Large Butterfly Precut
  • Stained Glass Chips (Purple)
  • Outdoor Cement
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Contact Paper
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Paper Towel
  • Measuring Cup
  • Mixing Bowl and Spoon


Instructions:

  1. Trace an outline of the mold onto contact paper.  Trim to the size of the mold.  Note, the contact paper should be smooth and free of creases.
     
  2. Contact paper should fit closely inside the mold.  To achieve a good fit, place the trimmed contact paper inside the mold and run a pen along the sides of the mold.  Trim away markings as needed and place contact paper to the side.

  3. Using a paper towel, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly along the inner edges of the empty mold.
     
  4. Create and place a pattern in the center of the mold.  Peel the backing off the contact paper and place in the mold sticky side up, over the pattern.

  5. Following the patter, place stained glass pieces on the contact paper.  Place alternating colors of chips along the edge to form a border around the stone.  Place all pieces slightly apart and in from the mold's edge to allow room for cement.  Note the desired side of the glass will be face down.

  6. Adjust pieces as necessary and press them firmly onto the contact paper.

  7. Mix outdoor dement following the directions on the cement label.  If you wish to color your cement add colorants.  Wear a dust mask when mixing cement.

  8. Pour cement slowly and evenly into the mold.  Do not move the mold while the cement is drying.
     
  9. Tap the sides of the mold for two to three minutes to release any air bubbles in the cement.
     
  10. Wait approximately thirty minutes to one hour for the cement to harden.  The cement will warm as it hardens.  Once it has cooled and set remove the stone from the mold.
     
  11. Remove the stone by turning the mold over and lifting up the edges of the mold.
     
  12. Peel off the contact paper and clean off any excess cement covering the glass.  You may clean the cement with a paper towel, sponge, or craft knife. 
     
  13. Fill in any remaining air holes by mixing a small amount of outdoor cement into a paste and rubbing the cement into the holes in a circular motion.  If your project gets any marks or you have contact lines on the cement, you may smooth the cement out with sandpaper.
     
  14. Allow to cure for 48 hours.

 

 

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Here we go again. I love my butterflies and dragonflies. This stepping stone is awesome and is going on my to do list. I like the idea of making your own stepping stones so you can pick what you want. Anyone know who sells the butterfly one? I love that you can use your own texture and colors of stones. Will look great to walk out to my garden on these or just use as an accent. Thanks for the directions on how to make it.

OH what fun making this butterfly stepping stone would be! I jave made circular ones using an old pail, then cutting it away, but with a butterfly mold you can get way more creative! I love using those flat clear glass pebbles and imbedded marbles as well as mosaic pieces, but of course. You need to make sure they are imbedded deep enough to not cause a tripping hazard and that they stay imbedded, but not so deep as they won't shine and sparkle! Love this idea and would make any garden path a beautiful wonderland! Thank you!

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