Crafts

Mosaic Stepping Stones

by cathym on May 21, 2016

Materials

Stepping stone mold or old cake pan

Glass tiles, sea glass, marbles

Piece of paper a bit larger than mold

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Paint brush

Stepping stone mix, found at craft stores,
or fast-drying concrete

Water

Old bucket

Trowel or paint stir stick

Rubber gloves (optional)

Tile and grout sealer

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1. Place mold on paper and trace shape. Lay out mosaic materials in a pattern within traced shape. 

2. Using paintbrush, coat sides and bottom of mold with vegetable oil.

2. Using paintbrush, coat sides and bottom of mold with vegetable oil.

3. Per instructions on packaging, prepare stepping stone mix or fast-drying concrete with water, using trowel or paint stick to stir. Pour or scoop mixture into mold, gently tap on flat surface to release air bubbles. Smooth top with trowel, or with hands while wearing rubber gloves.

3. Per instructions on packaging, prepare stepping stone mix or fast-drying concrete with water, using trowel or paint stick to stir. Pour or scoop mixture into mold, gently tap on flat surface to release air bubbles. Smooth top with trowel, or with hands while wearing rubber gloves.

4. Carefully press glass objects into mixture until they sit flush with top of mixture.

4. Carefully press glass objects into mixture until they sit flush with top of mixture.

5. Let stepping stone cure for 24 to 48 hours before popping out of mold. After a few days, use paintbrush to coat with tile and grout sealer.

5. Let stepping stone cure for 24 to 48 hours before popping out of mold. After a few days, use paintbrush to coat with tile and grout sealer.

6. Place stepping stone in your garden.

6. Place stepping stone in your garden.

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Purse Planter

by janem on April 21, 2015

Look what our Crafty Cathy came up with this time! A plastic purse planter…awesome.

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May '14 craftBy Cathy Monrad

This hanging herb garden is a salute to my three favorite activities: gardening, building and cooking. I found many variations of this concept when Googling “indoor herb garden.” And I had a hard time picking a style: shabby chic, rustic, and modern all appealed to me. I decided on transitional.

Materials

Wood piece (an old plank or cabinet door)

Wide mouth glass canning jars

Plumbing clamps

Sturdy picture hangers

Small nails or screws

Large screws

Heavy duty staples

Wall anchors (optional)

Variety of herbs

Tools

Hammer

Screwdriver

Ruler or measuring tape

Staple gun (optional)

 

1.Prepare your board if necessary. I chose to strip, sand, and stain an old cabinet door.

2.Affix picture hangers to the back of the board, at least 1 inch from the top. The planter will be heavy when finished, so plan to utilize studs or wall anchors to hang. If your picture hangers do not fasten with screws, toenail or angle the nails to attach the hangers. [Toenail: to fasten (a piece of wood) by driving a nail obliquely through it.—Ed.]

3.Loosely add a clamp on each jar. Lay the board on a flat surface and place the jars in the layout you desire. Measure and record the distances from the board’s top and side edges to the center of each clamp. Remove the jars and carefully mark the board with your measurements.

4.Take the jars out of the clamps. Attach each clamp to the board in the marked locations with staples. Toenail a small nail in each clamp to ensure the staples do not loosen due to the weight of the jar.

5.Plant your herbs in the jars.

6.Hang the board on the wall. Place each jar in a clamp and tighten the screw.

7. Enjoy your hanging herb garden!

Cathy Monrad is the graphic designer for the Upstate Gardeners’ Journal.

 

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New Feature: Crazy Cathy’s Crafty Corner

by janem on February 22, 2014

…no, we’re not REALLY calling it that.

What’s that crazy crafty Cathy up to now? Re-creating something she saw on Pinterest for our new craft feature, naturally. Want to see? It will be in the new March-April UGJ! Super fun! Stay tuned.

Thanks to the extra-cool folks at Bristol’s Garden Center for supplying materials, space, and assistance (not to mention company).

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