Making Stepping Stones: What an amazing tutorial

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Making Stepping Stones

By dave
October 14, 2011

At the Whitinger Farm, we are busy making stepping stones for a walkway between our driveway and the house. It's an ambitious project and we've already made dozens of stones. By popular request, here is the tutorial on how we're making them.

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Oct 13, 2011 6:05 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Dave! Thanks so much for taking time to post everything, including the videos!! The stones look amazing....what an industrious family you have!
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Dutchlady1
Oct 13, 2011 6:08 PM CST
I agree. Wait - we have an icon for that! I agree
I never understand how you all have time for all the things you do!! Just marvelous.
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Bubbles
Oct 13, 2011 6:14 PM CST
I loved the videos. What a great project to do with my 6 yr old grandson. I wasn't quite sure about "covering the glass" until I saw the tutorial. I'll have to try 'em now!
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Boopaints
Oct 13, 2011 6:15 PM CST
Dave, What sort of water tub do the stones cure in?

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plantladylin
Oct 13, 2011 6:25 PM CST
Dave, thank you for sharing these great step by step directions! Oh, I just loved this tutorial!

Great job Whitinger's ... beautiful stepping stones! Group hug Great family teamwork! Group hug
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valleylynn
Oct 13, 2011 6:30 PM CST
It made me so happy to watch a family working together and creating something so wonderful.
Thank you for the tutorial Whitinger family. Thumbs up
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frostweed
Oct 13, 2011 6:38 PM CST
That is an excellent article and the videos really make it fun. Thank you very much. Hurray!
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dave
Oct 13, 2011 7:15 PM CST

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I'm glad you all liked the article - thank you for the compliments. Smiling

Becky, we store them in anything that holds water. I generally use my big rubbermaid trash can which can hold about 20 stones. After that I have a few black plastic troughs and then just miscellaneous little tubs here and there.
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Boopaints
Oct 13, 2011 7:16 PM CST
Thanks Dave.... I need to know these things so when I make some, I can be prepared! Big Grin
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eclayne
Oct 13, 2011 7:16 PM CST

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Thumbs up Dave.
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dave
Oct 13, 2011 7:21 PM CST

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One thing, after they are in the water for a bit (couple weeks) they start to get a green film of algae on them. No big deal, don't panic. The algae sprays right off if you do it immediately after removing them from the water.
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vic
Oct 13, 2011 7:32 PM CST
What a GREAT tutorial! Thank you so much!

Awesome photo's and VIDEO! Hurray!

Lots of fun and so beautiful!

Nice mortar box too Thumbs up
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Horseshoe
Oct 13, 2011 8:25 PM CST
What a fun project, especially family fun, eh?

Good going. Loved the videos, too, really "hands on teaching".

I hope we next get to see your walkway when it's finished. Sounds like another tutorial there! Laying them out in exactly the "correct" spots!

Great going!

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Samigal
Oct 13, 2011 10:24 PM CST
Thanks so much Dave for the printer friendly version. I had to print it out as I need pictures as I go along. Putting it in a file and adding it to my "to do" list.
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goldfinch4
Oct 14, 2011 12:49 AM CST
Great tutorial Dave. A project like this done with the whole family is such a memory-maker! Group hug Like Shoe, looking forward to seeing the finished walkway!
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plantladylin
Oct 14, 2011 6:46 AM CST
goldfinch4 said:A project like this done with the whole family is such a memory-maker!!

I agree I can just imagine your grandchildren and great grandchildren walking that path. Lovey dubby

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dave
Oct 14, 2011 6:52 AM CST

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Thumbs up I'll be posting plenty of pictures when we put the walkway down!
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Ridesredmule
Oct 14, 2011 7:00 AM CST
Dave, Loved the videos, but what I was wondering was, How in the world did you keep the children so quiet??
I know they will love remembering making these and seeing them when they grow up too. You made a great tutorial.
We are so proud to be a part of your family....
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 14, 2011 7:05 AM CST

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Thumbs up Thumbs up

Ridesredmule said:Dave, Loved the videos, but what I was wondering was, How in the world did you keep the children so quiet??


Shrug! I guess when the camera started rolling they stopped talking out of courtesy. But it's not like they are all constantly talking anyway. Everyone was concentrating on their own stones.
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Ridesredmule
Oct 14, 2011 7:36 AM CST
Well, I really enjoy watching them grow and learn.
I remembered when we kids did anything like that we were so chatty.

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