stepping stones or pathway material?

edwena0316(4MN)June 14, 2010

I just put edging and mulch in my front yard (am turning it into cottage garden) and I would like frugal suggestions for pathways/stepping stones the more untraditional and creative the better. I'm not great in the idea department so any help anyone can give is greatly appreciated!TIA

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north40(z3 MN)

In one of my gardens I have a few old heat registers from a very old house (the kind that were on the wall and made of iron). Kind of ornate looking.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 5:55AM
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I have seen upside down muffin tins and upsise down bottles sunk into the ground

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 7:18AM
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I am doing a pathway too, will be interested to suggestions.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 8:35AM
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I like the heat register idea in fact i have one i bought at a ts and wasn't sure what to do with it but it was toooo cooool to pass up. Thanks for the idea. Keep em comin!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 12:56AM
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We just put a new path in my outhouse bed - the look is traditional but the cost was free - it is broken up concrete. You can find it occasionally for free on craigslist. We had used stones before but they were breaking up pretty badly. This stuff is pretty thick.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 8:07AM
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My idea is really way out there but, I always wanted to make a path out of the tops of toilet tanks (the rectangle part) . I always see toilets by the curb. Either all white or mixed pastels would be cool.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 10:17AM
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Fru-those would be slippery...

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 8:47PM
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I made a bunch of stained glass stepping stones and around them I put glass mulch. I made the mulch from broken and tumbled alcohol bottles that I got from the local bars. It saves them from the landfills and it is about as cheap as you can get....FREE! If you choose to do this I would suggest breaking the glass pieces small so that they don't break when walked on and then tumble them for a couple of hours in a cement mixer with a small amount of play sand. The stepping stones are pretty easy to make but not cheap so if you are on a budget you could make plain stones from quick crete.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 9:37PM
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If you have trees down from storms, DH cut these small stepping stones for our new bird arbor ...they don't last a real long time but this pic is from Nov 08 when we built the arbor & the tree stepping stones are still hanging in there l-l/2 yrs. later...with lots of plants & mulch around them now. Jeanne S.

I'll take a more recent pic soon!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2010 at 11:48PM
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@excessfrufru I could turn them over, fill with soil and I have great creeping thyme that you can walk on then they would be living "stones".
@smickerdoodle No glass I walk around barefoot too much and I have great issues with hurting my self on sharp objects, but it sounds like a great idea for someone who wouldn't potentially hurt themselves! Thank you everyone for the great ideas. Greatly appreciated!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 12:56AM
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