Pavers with personality

Steppingstones can give character to a garden path. Here are two ways to make your own.

Embellished bricks. Designer-artist Kit Davey makes her own minipavers, decorating common bricks with found objects such as pebbles, bottle caps, tiles, dominoes, and sea glass. She creates a shallow form by wrapping the edge of each brick with thick gaffer's tape (available from a hardware store) so that it extends about 1 inch above the brick's top surface. Into this mold she puts a ¼-inch bed of mortar, in which she embeds the objects. Another application of mortar or grout creates a level surface. You can also glue the objects in place with a dab of structural adhesive, then grout around them.


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