Paint Your Own Stones
In flat shapes like a turtle and a flower, and 3D shapes like a bunny and a flower pot, these all-weather stones are ready to paint right out of the box. These kits allow you to skip messy cement-mixing and get straight to the fun part: decorating and personalizing! Each stepping stone comes with one dozen vibrant paints that allow for endless creativity. Mix, blend and add custom color accents. Once painted, bake the stone in your oven for a long-lasting, weather-resistant finish. Display one stepping stone or make a whole pathway to transform your garden, backyard or patio!
Our 10 year old grand-niece Ember decided to paint the butterfly to display outside of our new home. This was her house-warming gift to us and something we can always treasure as a memory together. And best of all, it's something that will last for years to come and always be in sight to us, her and guests.
The Coloring & Painting
Ember started out her project by us reading the directions together. Using some markers I had on hand, she colored in the template so that she could remember what paint colors she wanted to use and where. After she completed her paper template coloring, she went outside and started to paint. There were 12 colors and a paint brush provided in the kit. I gave her a small disposable cup of water and some paper towels to use for cleaning her paint brush in between the different paint colors.
Ember had such a fun time painting and expressing herself through art. It was also a nice activity that kept her busy while I was inside prepping lunch. Aside from the baking part of the project, she needed very little assistance from me. When she was done painting, I had her sign her name on the back and date it. We needed to wait for 24 hours to allow the paint to fully dry.
Setting The Paint
The next morning, we headed to the kitchen for the final step of setting the paint into the stone. To set the paint color, you'll want to bake the finished product. Heat your oven to 225 degrees. After the paint has dried, place the stepping stone onto a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the stepping stone to cool completely. We found it best to allow it to cool down overnight.
The following morning, we pulled the now cooled off stepping stone from the oven and placed it near the bird garden in our front yard. Ember was utterly delighted to show it off when her mother came to pick her up later that afternoon. Now every time she visits, she proudly sees her artwork on display in the front yard.
A Gift For Anyone
Because of the variety of designs available, these stepping stones and 3-D characters appeal to just about anyone of any age. They make a great gift for birthdays, holidays, house warming, etc. I was very pleased with the quality of these kits and how easy it was to understand and use.