Wouldn’t it be romantic to walk down the aisle of your farm wedding and instead of an aisle runner, or flowers, or other things to adorn your ceremony aisle, you walk across stepping stones you’ve handcrafted? And not just any stepping stones, but ones that each have a word on them, so that as you make your way down the aisle, stepping on each one, you complete a message? Maybe it is the lyrics to a verse of your first dance song, or maybe it says part of your vows. Maybe it’s just something special that you and your special someone say to each other each day. And what I love about this idea is that you can take them home with you after your wedding has come and gone and put them in your garden or your backyard. And each time you step on them at home you’ll have memories of your wedding! I love it.
I also love this idea for wedding favors – you could make one for each of your guests. Make them with their last name imprinted for them to display at home. Or do something cute for your couple guests, make stones that say ‘jane + matt’ or just a simple stone that says ‘thank you’ or ‘with a grateful heart’ or ‘long live love’ (you can tell I’m just brainstorming, you can pick something that feels right for you).
So, I found a tutorial that walks you through the how-to of making your own stepping stones. It requires cement and water, and a mold. In the tutorial, she uses a mini-loaf pan to make a more brick shaped stone, but you could use a variety of things for a mold – a pie tin for a thinner circular stone, or a square pan for a unique square shaped stone. There are likely many other mold options out there. You could probably use large cookie cutters in interesting shapes too (especially might be neat for favors). And once you’ve got your cement in the mold, you’ll also need stepping stone stamps to create your words.
Here is a sneak peek of the how-to for this project, but head over to Prudent Baby (a great blog) for this awesome tutorial. There are many more pictures and great details to guide you through it.
I keep thinking of more uses for these stones around the yard. It’d be so neat to make garden markers for your newly planted crops (tomatoes, beans, basil, etc.). Or one with each of your children’s names to put somewhere special in the backyard. Or making a special saying about play to create a border around the sandbox. So many ideas! I’ll definitely be trying this project and I hope you farm couples do too. I really can picture a bride walking down the aisle on top of a handmade love note like this!