They sell kits at stores, but the frames are a very flimsy plastic. We found that by making this frame, it is a lot cheaper in the long run. A 2"x4"x8' will cost about $2.75 and a bag of concrete is about $3.00 and will make 4 - 5 stones, depending on thickness (Caution: Each stone will be heavy. The one below weighed in at 27 lbs). If you take a few minutes and build a frame yourself or have someone help you if you don't have any carpentry skills, you will have a frame that lasts a long time. The frame doesn't have to be perfect and can be any shape you want.
Here are the items you will need to build a frame:
2"x4" (4 sided - 2 cut to 12" and 2 cut to 15")
1/2" plywood for the bottom (just build frame and draw line on plywood and cut)
Items needed to complete the stepping stone:
Small shovel or spade
Stone stamps (if desired)
Anything you want to add (seashells, glass stones, fishing lures....etc)
Once the frame is complete, its time to mix some concrete and pour in.
Pour concrete into bucket and add a little bit of water.
Now its time to use your helpers and make the impressions you are after.
After adding little feet and hands, we used seashells we collected at the beach to go around the border. This is where you can get creative and use anything you want. We also took the stone stamps and put 2011 in the middle.
Once finished, allow the concrete to cure and dry in the frame for about 4-5 days. This will ensure it does not break apart when you try to remove it from the mold. When it is time to remove the stepping stone from the frame, just remove a few screws.
Your finished project will be ready to be put where ever your heart desires.
I hope you all enjoy and make impressions that will last a lifetime!! Every time you look at one, the memories will come flooding back in.