Garden Stones: DIY Faux Grass Decorative Stepping Stones

DIY Garden Stones — Bring a little color to your back patio without needing any kind of lawn service with these easy decorative stepping stones. The best part is that you can make them in just under an hour!

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When I was growing up, I used to mow our lawn in the summer to get more than my usual allowance to do extra things with my friends.

As it turned out, we realized I was allergic to bees after two not-so-pretty run-ins with yellow jackets. Needless to say that squashed my mowing the lawn days pretty quickly. 

Fast forward ten years later, and I still don’t mow the lawn. Mostly because I don’t have one. But even if I did, I wouldn’t do it. That’s where faux grass comes into play…

I wanted to bring a little color and texture to the back terrace without needing any kind of lawn service. AND also, I didn’t want to have something else that I could potentially kill.

Instead, I decided to glue astroturf to inexpensive concrete stepping stones. Bet you didn’t see that one coming!

DIY faux grass stepping stones

Materials To Make Faux Grass Garden Stepping Stones

I love a quick home decor DIY that packs a big punch, and these custom garden steps do just that!

You only need a handful of materials to recreate our garden stones, and they’re also super affordable. You can make them in any shape or size depending on the concrete pavers that you use.

You’ll be adhering the turf to existing stepping stones, so you can make as many or as few as you’d like. 

Also, be sure to buy the correct amount of turf that you need based on how many stones you would like to complete. 

DIY faux grass stepping stones

First, cut a 12×12 inch square from the astroturf to fit perfectly over top of the stone.

You can use the straight edge to do this. But I found laying the turf along the edge of the stone and using that as my straight edge was better for me.

Be sure to clean up the edges as much as possible (unlike mine above!), because once you glue it down there’s no going back!

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Lastly, use a foam brush to smear a very thick layer of glue on the stone and then lay the turf over top and press down.

You’ll want the edges to be firmly glued down too, but try not to let the glue go too far to the edge to where the glue spills over.

It doesn’t dry clear, and you won’t be able to get it off later.

Once your garden stones are completed, simply make sure that you have a nice, level place in your garden to place them and enjoy!

You can also see how to make my vertical garden DIY succulent wall planter, too. 

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How to Maintain Your DIY Garden Stones

Thankfully both the astroturf and stone pavers are very resilient outdoor decor elements. 

To clean them, simply use your outdoor water house to and a rake or outdoor cloth to clear off any debris. If needed, you can also use a pressure washer on a low pressure setting to deep clean the garden stones. 

The great part about garden stones is that you can easily remove and replace them if needed based on severe weather or wear and tear. 

DIY faux grass stepping stones

Now all you have to do is promise to limit yourself to the amount of these bad boys that you make!

I got kind of addicted to the outcome and love our little home garden! It would be really awesome to do a checkerboard pattern on these for the patio too, don’t you agree?

In case you’re looking for more home decor DIY’s, here are few of my favorites —

How To Make DIY Faux Grass Stepping Garden Stones

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DIY Garden Stones

Bring a little color to your back patio without needing any kind of lawn service with these easy decorative stepping stones. The best part is that you can make them in just under an hour!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Outdoor
Keyword: diy, easy, garden stepping stones, garden steps, garden stones, home decor, home garden, how to, outdoor, pavers, stepping stones, sugar and cloth, turf
Servings: 10 stones
Cost: $100

Equipment

  • Box cutter
  • Straight edge ruler (optional for ease of cutting)

Instructions

  • First, cut a 12x12 inch square from the astroturf to fit perfectly over top of the stone.
    You can use the straight edge to do this. But I found laying the turf along the edge of the stone and using that as my straight edge was better for me.
  • Be sure to clean up the edges as much as possible (unlike mine above), because once you glue it down there's no going back!
  • Lastly, use a foam brush to smear a very thick layer of glue on the stone and then lay the turf over top and press down.
  • You'll want the edges to be firmly glued down too, but try not to let the glue go too far to the edge to where the glue spills over. It doesn't dry clear, and you won't be able to get it off later.
  • Once your garden stones are completed, simply make sure that you have a nice, level place in your garden to place them and enjoy!

Notes

How to Maintain Your DIY Garden Stepping Stones

Thankfully both the astroturf and stone pavers are very resilient outdoor decor elements. 
To clean them, simply use your outdoor water house to and a rake or outdoor cloth to clear off any debris. 
If needed, you can also use a pressure washer on a low pressure setting to deep clean the garden stones. 

Be sure to share the projects you make from Sugar & Cloth with #mysugarandcloth to be featured here on the blog!

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  9. I am so happy to have stumbled across your blog! I just bought a house in Philadelphia that has a TINY concrete yard with cinderblock walls. I love these stones and your pictures of your yard. I feel so inspired and in awe of your skill of craftiness!

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  10. First, I love that you share stories with your projects(you sure you didnt use those bees as an excuse), just teasin,yellow jackets are mean! I dont like to mow and cant mow a hillside so this project serves so many purposes and ideas.

    Second, Home Depot should be proud to have their products displayed in what turned out to be a fantastic small space project, Im in love with it!

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