- Stepping Stone Kit
- Putty Knife
- Light Brown Sand
- Dark Brown Sand
- Pipe Cleaners
- Wiggle Eyes
- Decorative Pieces (Leaves, Rocks, Glitter)
- Matte Clear Sealer
- Follow direction on stepping stone kit to make stone mixture.
- Before pouring mix into mold, remove a small amount of mix, mold a triangular nose and set aside.
- Pour mix into pan.
- Place hand into mix, making sure that the palm of the hand is centrally positioned. Push down to create imprint. Make sure imprint is deep enough for the sand to be poured into, around 3/8″. Repeat hand imprint in a circular pattern to create lion’s mane. Keep the palm of hand always in the center to create the lion’s head.
- Add ears, if you would like, using a spoon.
- Put the light brown sand onto the “lion’s mane” (where the fingers were pressed down into the stone). You could use a funnel to help control the flow of the sand.
- Add the wiggle eyes and press down to make sure they are secure.
- Add the nose and press down to make sure it is secure.
- Put the dark brown sand onto the “lion’s face” where the palm of the hand was pressed down. Again, if you would like, use a funnel to help control the flow of the sand.
- Dust sand away from the eyes and nose.
- Push down all of the sand to make sure it is secure in the lion.
- Cut pipe cleaners into 1 1/2 inch pieces for whiskers. Push into the mixture until they are secure.
- Form a mouth with the pipe cleaner and press into the mixture until it is secure.
- Add decorative accessories (leaves, rocks, and glitter) by pressing down firmly into the mixture.
- Let dry completely per instructions.
- When dry, spray with matt clear sealer, this will hold down any loose sand. Spray 3-4 coats of sealer allowing to dry between coats.
My son had a great time with this craft because it involved sand, water, and getting dirty! Now, our DIY Lion Stepping Stone doesn’t quite look like the one in the catalog, but I am excited to place this in the garden of our new house because it was made out of love by our sweet four year old. This was a great craft for my preschooler to do together with me, but I was thankful that his younger siblings were taking their naps while doing it because I don’t think I could handle three little ones with the messy stone mixture!
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Disclosure: I collaborated with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores in order to create this project. The opinions in this post are 100% my own.