12 July 2008

Butterfly Mosaic Garden Stone

If you've been reading my blog, you probably know that I've been on a quest to go through closets, clean things out, and finish up projects. A couple of weeks ago, I sorted through Daughter's extensive craft cupboard and came upon a garden stepping stone kit which I bought her years ago but somehow she never created.

I considered giving it away or selling it at a garage sale, but then the kid in me emerged: I wanted to make it myself! :-) I didn't care for the primary-colored mosaic pieces that came with the kit, so I picked up some inexpensive sea glass at Michaels to use instead. I love sea glass.

Daughter mixed up the cement for me (remember, I'm somewhat tool impaired...yes, even for things like this).

Then we poured the cement into the butterfly mold. Well, SHE filled the mold while I held the bucket. She thought it was safer that way. :-)

Here is my sea glass. It came in a bag, all mixed together, but of course I had to sort it by color. :-)



I placed violet sea glass around the edge of the butterfly and on the body.

Then I filled in the wings with green and blue sea glass.

After three days of drying, here is the completed butterfly. I'll put it somewhere in one of my flower gardens. Although it's a stepping stone, I don't want it to be stepped on!

The butterfly isn't fancy, but it was fun to make...and it's done!
Now I have a piece of garden art that we can all enjoy.

13 comments:

Kristina said...

The Butterfly is beautiful! A few years ago, Connor and I made 4 of these garden stones for Christmas presents to various relatives. I had Connor put his hand print in the middle and we did the same thing...used sea glass rather than the little mosaic tile thingys.

Benita said...

Wow, that is beautiful! I wonder if they still make those kits. Looks like you had a lot of fun making it, too.

Janet said...

Kristina-Thx! Making them for Christmas presents is a great idea. I'm sure everyone loved them!

Benita-Thank you! Yes, you can still get them. I bought this one at Michaels and they still carry them in various shapes. They are with the kids crafts! It really would be a fun activity for a child, but it's fun for big ppl, too! lol

Maureen said...

Aw, cool! That is beautiful, Janet, a great addition to the yard.

And you sort stuff by color too, eh? I found myself doing that with a bag of foam flowers the other day. Before I put them in my scrap tackle box, I had to sort them. I know, OCD rears it's ugly head once more.

Chris said...

what an awesome idea.. I want to make some now!!

Heather said...

This is great! I gave my mom one of these kits once and she's not made it yet either! Maybe I should get it back!

Krissynae said...

It turned out great. I did this with my pups and put thier foot prints in them.

Linda said...

This is beautiful! I may need to look for them when I go shopping

Darcey said...

Your stone looks great! It is nice to complete old projects

Sarah C. said...

I've been tempted to get one of those. You might just have enabled me now. Your butterfly is so pretty! Definitely no stepping on it. ;)

Cheri said...

I think it's gorgeous:) Hm, and now I want to buy some sea glass too! I think I saw some at Target...

toners said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Wow! Really pretty colors :)

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Very pretty! That would be a fun thing to do this summer...

Although I made one at an art class once that I abandoned by never taking home, so maybe I'd just feel guilty about the old one every time I saw the new one. :-0