How To Create A Birthday Tradition That Will Last
One tradition we’ve started with Peyton is creating a stepping stone for the garden. We do it every year around her birthday and have her put her footprint in it the cement. It started when she was 3 months and we did it 4 times that first year because she was growing so fast.
Throughout the year we collect souvenirs from the places we go and the events we attend so we can add them to the stone. Objects that are great to use are key chains, coins, marbles, pieces of glass, shells, etc…
Most craft stores like Michael’s sell stone kits that include the cement mix, the mold (usually a circle, square or a hexagon) tools to print names and dates as well as broken glass and patterns. Cement and additional tools are also available.
When creating the stone, follow the directions for making the cement but you’ll probably need a little more water. I like the cement to be a little thicker than they call for. I pour it into the mold and shake the mold back and forth until the cement settles. In about 25 minutes it will be set up enough to capture a footprint and to hold printing. Push your mementos and decorative elements into the cement. In a few hours it will be hard enough to use a rough pad to “sand” down the rough edges. Leave it in the mold over night and then wait a few weeks before putting in the garden or stepping on it.
Garden stones also make the perfect gift for grandparents!
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