Stepping Stone

DIY Memory Stepping Stone

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Stepping Stone 1Now you CAN save those precious hand and foot prints or even handwriting! 

This is a fabulous activity for kids of ALL ages, and what a terrific way to spend some valuable time together as a family.

It’s also a much appreciated gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day, birthdays, or simply a fun way to decorate your yard as a family project.

Do-It-Yourself Stepping Stones

*If you’d rather purchase a kit, than make it from scratch, you might want to check THIS out.



Buy a package of concrete at your local hardware store.

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 Mix concrete according to package directions.

As you will see, we made several at a time.  Stepping Stone 3

Because we made half dozen at a time, for convenience Stepping Stone 4

We used a drill and a a mortar mixer in a 5 gallon bucket.

Stepping Stone 5 After making the concrete, pour into disposable aluminum pie tins and smooth with a putty knife, spatula or any flat object. Stepping Stone 6 Let the concrete set up enough until it will hold an imprint.

Then decorate with handprint, footprint, marbles, stones, have the kids write their names with a craft stick; whatever your heart desires! Stepping Stone 7

Allow to sit overnight at room temperature. And voila! Stepping Stone 8 They pop right out without any problem or hitch at all as along as they are dried completely through.  Stepping Stone 9

In humid or cold environments, let them dry as long as needed before removing them from the tin.Stepping Stone 10 These stepping stones can be placed outside in the garden or where ever you desire because they are made out of cement it can withstand the weather. Mom’s, dad’s, grandparents, friend’s, anyone appreciate receiving one of these and the kids will have a blast making them!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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Happy Fathers Day

DIY Father's Day Card

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Happy Fathers Day

Father’s Day Card

This is a terrific Father’s Day Card and very unique!    My friend Dorthy made this tutorial and it will make your Father’s Day sentiment very appreciated.

Father’s Day Card
1 – 4” X 11” cardstock scissors or paper cutter
1 – 3 ¾” X 3 ½” printed paper* paper glue
1 – 3 ½” X 3 ¼” printed paper ruler
1 – 4” X 6” printed paper (for shirt)
Score Pal (opt)**
1 – Printed greeting 1 – 2” X 3 ½” paper (from scraps)  


Cut out all piecesFather's Day Card 1Fold cardstock in half (the fold will be at the top)

Glue on 3 ¾” X 3 ½” paper at the top of the card leaving an even edge on three sides

Glue on 3 ½” X 3 ¼” centering it over the other paperFather's Day Card 2Take 4” X 6” paper and fold down 1” on both long sidesFather's Day Card 3

Fold down ½” on one edge (toward the side with no folds) crease well. This is the top

Place fold side up and fold in the top in to meet in the middle with a diagonal fold (about 1 7/8” down) Father's Day Card 4
Father's Day Card 5             Bring bottom up and tuck under collar. Crease well and then unfold for the next step Father's Day Card 6
Father's Day Card 7

            Fold out bottoms at an angle starting from the center fold that you just made Father's Day Card 8
Father's Day Card 9             Fold the bottom up and tuck under the collarFather's Day Card 10Glue shirt on the card at an angleFather's Day Card 11

Make a tie and knot from scraps about 3/8” X 2”. Father's Day Card 12Glue both onto the shirtFather's Day Card 13
Father's Day Card 14

Print a greeting and cut to 1 ¾” X 3 ½” (I used Brando 26) Glue onto 2” X 3 ½” paperFather's Day Card 15Glue onto bottom of the card centering it. Easy peasy!Father's Day Card 16
Dorthy’s Notes: *I used Glasses, Staches & Ties paper pack by the Paper Studio (This is great for manly stuff!) This card has been “floating” around for lots of years. Kudos to whoever created it!!! **The Score Pal makes folding and creasing easy, but if you can’t beg borrow or steal one then you can do it the old fashioned way!
Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

DIY Washi Tape Covered Frame

Wasabi Frame

Washi Tape Frame

My sweetie Stan was so accommodating to help me with this tutorial that is just for you.

What a TERRIFIC gift that is so simple and inexpensive.

Personalize this frame for Mother’s Day, a baby shower, Father’s Day, a bridal shower/wedding gift (wedding colors and for the embellishment put the name or first letter), graduation gift (the year and school colors), the uses are endless!

Washi Tape Covered Frame


Any wooden frame, I found this at the craft store on sale for about $3

Washi Tape – there are tons of colors and prints. I bought this 2 tape set, again for about $3 on sale. *note: these 2 little rolls covered this frame.

A stationary card set, a dozen gift tags and I still have some left. It goes much further than you’d expect.

Xacto Knife & cutting board

Mod Podge Sponge Brush

Decorative flowers or embellishments

Hot Glue & GunFrame 1


Evenly place tape across the frame If using another pattern of tape, place it directly next to the other strip of tape Continue this method all the way across the frame, using care to keep straight lines Frame 2

Until the surface is completely coveredFrame 4

Lay the frame upside down on a cutting board and with the Xacto knife, carefully trim the inside. Frame 5

And outside edges of excess tape along frame edgesFrame 6

Until it is all trimmed.Frame 7

Lay your frame, right-side up on a paper towel and with a foam sponge brush spread an even coat over the entire tape covered frame and a bit on the edge. This will protect the surface and keep the tape from coming up.Frame 8


When the Mod Podge has dried completely, embellish as desired.  I used a hot glue gun to attach flowers.Wasabi Frame


Thank you Stan for helping me with this awesome tutorial!

Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.