Give a paver colorful style by covering it with sturdy outdoor fabric.

June 08, 2015

Who says stepping stones have to be drab slabs of concrete? Add pattern and texture to your yard with these fabric-covered stepping stones. When sealed, the fabric edges won't fray and it'll be strong enough to withstand both weather and foot traffic. A round print in bright hues, such as these suzani-style patterns, adds year-round color to the garden.

Tip: Make the stepping-stones about 1 1⁄2 to 2 inches thick, as thinner stones may crack. Lay the stones on smooth ground to prevent breakage. For added strength, place chicken wire in the middle of the concrete as you fill the mold.

colorful garden stepping stones

What You Need

  • Quikrete crack-resistant concrete mix (or store-bought pavers)
  • Round plastic pot liner
  • Outdoor fabric
  • Bowl
  • Chalk or fabric pencil
  • Scissors
  • Decoupage medium or polyurethane
  • Paintbrush
  • Exterior-grade spray sealant

Step 1: Make (or Buy) the Pavers

Make a round concrete stepping-stone using a plastic pot liner -- slightly larger than the print you've chosen -- as a mold. To save time, you could also use premade concrete pavers for this project.

Step 2: Dry the Concrete

Allow concrete to dry and cure according to manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3: Cut Fabric and Coat Concrete

fabric-covered stone

Cut fabric to desired size circle. For an easy way to get uniformly sized circles, trace a round object (such as a bowl) onto the back of the fabric using chalk or a fabric pencil, then cut out. Cover the surface of the stepping stone with decoupage medium or polyurethane. Place fabric on the coated concrete.


Step 4: Seal Your Stone

fabric-covered stone

Cover the fabric with decoupage medium or polyurethane. Allow to dry, and apply a second coat. When that coat is dry, spray the entire surface with sealant to protect your stone from the elements. Note: If using polyurethane, you do not need to apply a sealant.

Comments (2)

January 15, 2019
Aryasmailcom, assuming you purchase a polyurethane made for outdoor use (interior polyurethane should not be used outdoors) and are using a newly-opened container (they should last about 1 year after the seal is broken), the product should last a number of years in a climate that regularly dips below freezing and has hot and/or rainy summers. However, with exposure to the elements, you can expect the finish to become dull over time and need to be reapplied when this occurs—roughly every year to two years for regular maintenance.
September 20, 2018
How long will the polyurethane last if left out all year in a zone 7 garden?