Rather than just laying regular pavers in your garden, you can create a unique stepping stone by carving out family names or even loved ones’ handprints – it’s the perfect memento! Before you begin, you will need a few stone-crafting tools: a rotary tool, a set of cold chisels and a soft piece of stone to work with. Then you are ready to go!
Gather your supplies
• Sawn sandstone paver
• Rotary tool with diamond-tipped bit
• Cold chisel set
You’ll also need
Pencil; safety glasses; dust mask; ear muffs; wire brush; wooden mallet
Step 1 Position paver on flat surface, then using pencil, trace or freehand sketch your desired design onto paver.
Step 2 Transfer paver to workbench. Wearing safety glasses, dust mask and ear muffs, attach diamond bit to rotary tool, then use to carefully outline over pencil drawing. Treat rotary tool like an artist’s brush, gently going over lines until desired depth is reached – if you dig in too deep too quickly, the tool will jump about. Use wire brush to sweep away dust so you can see your line work.
Step 3 Once finished, use mallet and chisel to carefully remove stone within carved outlines, starting from edges and working towards centre. Afterwards, use a wide chisel to scrape surface smooth. Clean surface with wire brush, then position finished paver in garden.