DIY Log-Slice Steps

A downed tree inspired this pretty path. Amble through your backyard on a walkway crafted from log slices.

What You'll Need

  • Log slices*
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain in assorted colors
  • 2-inch paintbrush or rags
  • Clear varnish
  • Clear outdoor sealer

*To make log slices, use a circular saw to slice tree branches and logs to 1½ to 2 inches thick. Or buy precut ones at save-on-crafts.com.

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Step 1

Lightly sand the log slices to remove splinters and rough patches.

Step 2

DIY Magazine/Stepping Stones projects, Chicago, IL. CMR#4827697

Stain log slices in various shades. Apply stain on one side with a 2-inch paintbrush or rag, according to manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3

DIY Magazine/Stepping Stones projects, Chicago, IL. CMR#4827697

Once the stain is dry, apply clear varnish to both sides of each slice. After the varnish has dried, spray on clear outdoor sealer.

Step 4

DIY Magazine/Stepping Stones projects, Chicago, IL. CMR#4827697

Lay the log slices throughout your yard for a walkway you can easily move. For permanent placement: Dig out a circle of sod, and set the log slice inside so that it's level with the grass.

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