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Make a Stone Garden Path

Mosaic Garden Path plan the flowers

Did you ever start a project and a few hours in think, OK, am I crazy? I have! More than once if I’m being honest.

Some of you that attend regular cooking classes know that my husband Mark, goes salmon fishing in Alaska most summers. Last year, I had the idea that while he was gone I would create a flower mosaic path as a “surprise.” The word surprise really means that I knew he would not want me to do this project and would complain if he had to help me.

Guess where I got this bright idea? If you said Pinterest, you were right!

I was surfing around looking at fun garden projects and I got the wild idea that I could create this 16-20 foot path in the upper back yard that would be filled with stepping stones and cute floral mosaics.

I started by gathering stones in different colors and hauling them to the upper yard along with bags of concrete. This alone was a big enough job but the work had just begun.

Mosaic Garden Path

Next, I marked where the path would go with spray paint and I got the shovel. The first big step would be digging down 5-6 inches and removing the grass. It’s important that the earth be fairly level at this point. To say that I was sweating would be an understatement.

floral motif path

I created flowers from the rock in various sizes and colors. I formed lots of rock flowers before getting started with the concrete so I could move pretty fast.

Mosaic Garden Path Fill with sand

Next, working in small areas of 4-5 feet, I filled the path with dry quick mix concrete. The dry concrete let me place the larger stepping stones and the smaller floral motif where I wanted them before carefully adding water to the concrete. Once you start spreading the concrete mix, rain would be a disaster.

You can see that Pierre was offering great moral support!

Mosaic Garden Path  place stones

I had the first 3-4 feet placed!

Mosaic Garden Path

And a few more feet.

Mosaic Garden Path  cover with plastic

And finally, I was done! For this type of concrete, it must harden slowly so it will be strong. I took large plastic bags and cut them open and placed them over the path. More stones were used to hold the plastic in place overnight to slow the drying process.

Mosaic Garden Path  finished path

This is the way the finished path looks. What do you think? Are you ready to start a garden path of your own?

What about sharing projects that once you started you thought “I’m crazy!” Can’t wait to hear from you!

XO Lorie

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10 Replies to “Make a Stone Garden Path”

  1. Fabulous Lori!

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    1. Thanks Charlene!! After all that work it feels good to share it!

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  2. This is gorgeous! So much work, but it was worth it. It will be a lasting physical testimony to your creative soul:)

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    1. Hi Sarah!! That’s so sweet!!!
      Xo
      Lorie

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  3. I love this! And thank you for your step-by-step process and pictures. I might give this a try.

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    1. Let me know if you have questions! It’s a great project especially if someone else digs the path!! 😉

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  4. Lori, it looks beautiful!

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    1. Hi Marilynn!
      Thanks so much!!
      Xo
      Lorie

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  5. This is so cool, Lorie! You are always inspiring! It is absolutely beautiful, and you can be proud that you did it all by yourself! (I think I’d want help with the digging and hauling!) So, what did Mark think? He’s got to be impressed!

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  6. Absolutely love this! Will do it one day!!! Thanks for sharing❤️

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Meet Lorie Fangio

Lorie Fangio is a teaching chef and the founder of A Taste of Paris culinary excursions. She shares her extensive knowledge of French food & culture through cooking classes, regular TV appearances, local publications, and speaking engagements. She is an award-winning food & lifestyle blogger with a zest for gathering people around a table.

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