Pavers with personality

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

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Pavers from molds. These stones ― featuring detailed, bas-relief sculptures of irises, tulips, and calla lilies ― are cast of concrete in manufactured molds. A simpler mold is also available.

The molds produce 15- by 15- by 1½-inch pavers; one 60-pound bag of concrete will make two. For colored pavers, add powdered or liquid pigment to the concrete mix. The molds are available from the Florastone Collection ($19.95; 800/935-6722).

We tested the molds and have the following tips.

• Cover the mold interior with silicone spray to make removal of the paver easier.

• Create a slightly soupy concrete mix to get maximum detail from the mold.

• Use a paintbrush to coat the mold with a ½-inch-thick layer of cement before filling the rest of the mold body.


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