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From Oops to Ahhh!

We have a day in our house that we don’t talk about very much. John was helping me while I was in CA taking care of my Mom by running my Grandma Irene’s teacups and saucers to an event. Well, he was busy working and being a full time dad to Caleb and he was rushing and put the tray with all the teacups on the toolbox of his truck.  You can imagine what happened…he then backed out with them still there! Yes, it was a big and mighty crash! I was devastated…but not more than John was. I really loved those teacups!  John still feels sick when he thinks about what happened. At the time, I couldn’t bear to throw them away, so I just tucked them away thinking that at one time I would come up with some sort of project for them…and now I have!

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We are just finishing our backyard landscaping and I am planting myself a perennial garden. I wanted to make stepping stones to put in around the flowers and her  teacups were perfect. Here is how I did it – First I separated the china into big pieces, good flat pieces, and tiny little pieces.

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Next I mixed the garden stone cement and got it nice and smooth in the tray.

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I then started laying the pieces. I started with bigger pieces on the edge to make a nice edge and then added some big pieces in the middle.

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Just push the pieces down with nice even pressure until it sinks into the cement. Sometimes I needed pieces to fit but didn’t have anything, so I took a bigger piece and wrapped it in a thick towel and then hit it with a hammer until it cracked as big as I wanted it.

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Sometimes the water from the cement would come to the top and get in the way of being able to put the little pieces in. When it got that way I just placed a paper towel over the top and let it soak up the water.

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I am super happy with how they tuned out! I especially love the teacup handles in them!

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Can’t wait until there are flowers everywhere to grow in around them. I would not recommend making these actual stepping stones since the teacup pieces are not perfectly flat and I would not want anyone to get cut on them. I love having these in my garden and now a big oops is a big ahhh!

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Lisa

Author/co-founder of Over the Big Moon since 2011. I am passionate about creating, graphic design, DIY projects, gardening, cooking and all things home and family...with the exception of laundry! Most importantly I am a wife to my best friend, John and a Mom to 3 amazing boys! Thanks for stopping by today!
  • Vickie

    That’s a fantastic idea- and it turned out beautifully. I may have to go smash some china!

  • Kirstylee Cassidy

    What an amazing way to turn something devastating into something beautiful. Those stepping stones will be so special!

  • Andrea Celesia

    Love it Lisa! And I love your printables packs :) Are you doing an Earth Day related one by any chance?

  • Lisa

    I’m not sure. Pam does our packs but I will let her know you are interested in one!

    • Andrea Celesia

      :)

  • Natalie

    Lisa, the tray you are using, is it part of a commercially available standard stepping stone kit? Or did you make it yourself?

    • Lisa

      I saved the tray from when I did my kids hand prints. I think the kits are about $15 at Michaels and it has the tray and cement and makes 2 stones.

  • Tricia Selbie

    Oh my!!! This is deja vu. My husband did the same thing to teacups & saucers that his Mother had given me. I saved them too. Now I’ll go from OOPS to AHHH! Thank you for posting…

  • Rachel

    This is lovely :)

  • Michaela

    One thought (to make them actual stepping stones) would be to encase them in acrylic like they do with custom tables.

    • Mary Vance Nasvik

      Michaela, that was my thought, too!

  • Thea

    I love it ♥

  • Yasiris

    Nice!!!

  • Marietta

    Wondering if you coudn’t also use it as a picture handing it with a plate hanger? Place in a living room or kitchen. For those who live in apts or move around alot – a portable option! Very pretty. Thanks for posting!

  • Jamsoup

    Those were exquisite crockery. So terribly sad.

  • Yvonne Eklund Layton

    I like this, I am looking for stepping stone Ideas for my boulevard.

  • Deanna

    find a thrift store or garage sales, etc. where they sell odd pieces of china (cheap)… don’t break a perfectly good piece of your own! LOL

  • gwendle

    Awesome idea very beautiful.

  • Sheila

    Just wondering if you sealed it with anything? Lovely !

    • johnlisa02

      Nope!

  • eileen

    What a great way to hand down family memories. Need to scrapbook the process and the garden resting place. Love it

  • Candy Fortner

    You can also repurpose an old trash can lid, creating a larger masterpiece which can be sat upon a tri-table of legs after you clear coat it. You can also make it more concave and use it as a beautiful birdbath, sunk slightly in the garden, nestled amongst the leaves and flowers, as treat for the wildlife to find

  • Pam

    Beautiful!! What a great way to keep the china.

  • Sheila Kresich-Truchon

    What did you use for a mold?

  • Toni

    Love this idea, I have a big box of these cups I never use, and looks like a fun project, thank you for the inspiration!

  • Pam Chan

    Hi, what is garden stone cement? We dont have such a thing in the UK. Does it have another name? Thanks.

    • johnlisa02

      Regular cement will work.

      • Pam Chan

        thanks a lot

    • Sue B.

      use fast setting concrete, it will dry faster, and have a finer grain…

      • Pam Chan

        thanks

  • Michele Fowler

    Could also make them to hang on a plain wall.

  • Summer Day

    beautiful!!

  • Hoko Le

    I might break my moms tea cups for this, I never liked them anyway, but I do like stepping stones! Who wants to step on grass over having tea all day?!

  • tamera

    where do you get the stepping stone cement and does the tray come with it….I have some old dishes i would love to refurbish and this is a great idea…..

    • Sue B

      Go to Michael’s – they will have stepping stone kits – the tray and some cement and decorations
      … but we made these using fast setting concrete from the hardware store,and 9″ aluminum cake pans for the trays – we did this as a craft with 15 or so kids,(used stones and $ store decorations) :)

  • Jev Marshall

    need details please. TRAY – what kind of tray/ etc.