Decorative Garden Stones from Jelly Moulds / Copper Molds

Decorative Garden Stones from Jelly Moulds / Copper Molds

Years ago, I made a mosaic stepping stone that featured an outdoor key hider underneath it. More recently, I had a hankering to try playing with concrete once again. But this time, I decided to use some jelly moulds or copper molds from the thrift store to make decorative garden stones.

My first and only concrete craft project:

Garden stepping stones that are also a hide a key rock or outdoor key hider with pill bottle by Sadie Seasongoods

But back to today’s upcycling idea! Let’s face it, these jelly moulds are ALL OVER thrift store shelves…in any number of shapes and sizes.

Jelly moulds or copper molds from thrift store to make the decorative garden stones by Sadie Seasongoods

This upcycling idea was also a chance for me to try a stepping stone kit instead of the standard Quikcrete, which is a little burdensome to use for craft projects.

Stepping stone kit and jelly moulds to make decorative garden stones for garden decor by Sadie Seasongoods

So, I gathered up some copper molds to try making some decorative garden stones! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Using a Stepping Stone Kit in Jelly Moulds / Copper Molds

I used this stepping stone kit as my concrete / cement, but it’s also available in most craft stores (for a lot less money, too). I really loved that it was a set amount of cement that would be mixed with a set amount of water. Unlike Quikcrete, which is a guessing game!

So, I followed the directions on the box and mixed up the concrete in a bucket. It was much smoother than Quikcrete, without any aggregate (stones) to deal with.

Mixing up concrete from a stepping stone kit to pour into copper molds or jelly moulds by Sadie Seasongoods

Before I poured the cement into the jelly moulds / copper molds, however, I sprayed them generously with nonstick spray. This is an absolutely CRUCIAL step, and don’t be stingy with the spray – bottom of mold AND sides.

Using nonstick spray inside jelly moulds or copper molds for upcycling into decorative garden stones by Sadie Seasongoods

Once the copper molds were sufficiently lubricated, I carefully poured the stepping stone mix into each one. From that 8-pound box of concrete, I was able to create three decorative garden stones.

Pro tip: I REALLY wish I had purchased a used wooden spoon from the thrift store before doing this project. It would have been ideal for mixing the cement AND guiding it into the jelly moulds.

Stepping stone kit, cement, or concrete inside the copper molds for creating some decorative garden stones by Sadie Seasongoods

I let them sit overnight before carefully popping them out from the jelly moulds. It may not have been needed, but I let them sit an additional night outside the molds (facing up) before decorating them.

Decorative garden stones that used the jelly moulds and stepping stone kit by Sadie Seasongoods

Before I started decorating them, though, I brushed each one with a stiff-bristled paint brush to remove concrete dust, loose particles, etc.

Using a stiff bristle brush to dust off the decorative garden stones to remove dust before painting concrete by Sadie Seasongoods

Painting Concrete / Decorative Garden Stones

First, I spray painted my decorative garden stones – giving each one 2 or 3 light coats to get vivid color. Concrete is porous, so a few coats made a big difference.

Painting concrete with spray paint for decorative garden stones and garden decor by Sadie Seasongoods

When all was said and done, this is what they looked like. I used foil to wrap parts of the pineapple in order to get both colors.

Upcycling idea for jelly moulds or copper molds to make the decorative garden stones by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I hand painted a couple of the decorative garden stones to give them a little more dimension. For this step, I just used regular craft paint.

Handpainting details on decorative garden stones that used the copper molds and a stepping stone kit for concrete by Sadie Seasongoods

Last but not least, I applied a top coat to each concrete stone – bottom, sides, and top – with basic polyacrylic. Now they’ll be protected from the elements, since they’ll live on the ground outside.

Painting concrete or painting cement for decorative garden stones to use as garden art by Sadie Seasongoods

Decorative Garden Stones from Jelly Moulds / Copper Molds

And that was it! I had three decorative garden stones that were bright and festive to add to my yard. My upcycling idea for the jelly moulds / copper molds worked out better than I could have hoped!

How to make the decorative garden stones by upcycling the copper molds or jelly moulds from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods

I still have the cat and fish molds to work with, too – or maybe I should do a giveaway with them? That cat mold is pretty awesome, I have to say…

Decorative garden stones that were made with jelly moulds and stepping stone kit by Sadie Seasongoods

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Guess what today is? It’s Thrift Store Decor Team Day! Please check out what my blogging friends did with these thrift store items (See the links underneath collage photo).

Upcycling ideas for thrift store items by the Thrift Store Decor Team, the best repurposing bloggers around - June 2019

1. DIY Rustic Bathroom Mirror

2. Painted Wicker Basket

3. Repurposed Little Red Wagon

4. DIY Antique Crock

5. Making Decorative Garden Stones from Copper Molds

6. Repurposed Chandelier

7. Night Stand Makeover

8. DIY Decorative Painted Box

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If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for garden decor, then you’ll love my plant markers made from wooden shoe trees, as well!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. The stepping stones turned out very nice. Thanks for the idea and instructions. I’m going to look for molds to make some with my grandsons this summer.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      You are so very welcome, Amanda – I was hoping someone would want to do this as a summer project with the kids or grands. 🙂

  2. Very cool! I love that lady bug one.

  3. I adore these stones!!!! What a great idea! Can’t wait to see the kitty one! 😻

  4. Sarah,

    I thought the molds were going to be the stones, I never imagined you would USE them as molds. You surprised me!

    I love how the garden stones turned out. You painted them so cute.

    pinned!

    gail

  5. Such cute and summery – love them!

  6. Great job. I especially like the seashell. From a crazy cat lady I gotta tell ya, the cat mold is perfect.

  7. Sweet! I didn’t guess stepping stones, but how perfect!! A great garden addition 🐞

  8. SharonFromMichigan says

    Boy does this bring back childhood memories for me. We “baked” concrete cakes in old cake pans with my Mom when we were kids. We couldn’t afford to buy regular patio blocks at the store, so while my Dad was at work, we made them in old square and rectangle cake pans, then my Dad laid them out and that became our patio. We never thought of decorating them, they were just concrete.

  9. What a fun idea! I would have never thought to use molds like this. You are always so creative with thrift store makeovers!

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