DIY Pet Memorial Stone

The Haunted Housewife - DIY Pet Memorial Stone
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A cat I had become very close with passed away in December 2013, and I buried hFKWXD6JHPCE8E3H.LARGEer in my backyard. She was the sweetest and I didn’t want to forget about her. I didn’t want to forget the location of her grave, either. If you’re going through something similar and are needing to make your beloved pet a grave stone, I’m so sorry for your loss! I know how hard it can be.

Remembering and honoring your little cutie isn’t going to be hard at all, so let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

  1. Bag of mortar mix diypetgravestone
  2. A mold I grabbed a box instead.
  3. Water
  4. Stone Stamps
  5. Optional: Marbles, broken pieces of glass, mosaic glass, etc. for decoration.
  6. A trowel for smoothing out the mortar. I used drywall scrapers instead.
  7. A bucket. I had this one laying around, but Amazon also sells them.
  8. Optional: A laminated photo of your pet can be placed in the mortar, if you would like. I didn’t do this. Please make sure it was laminated well.


***WARNINGS***

  • lay your materials out, make your plans beforehand. You’ve got limited time here.
  • avoid getting the mortar on your clothes or your hair, I can imagine that’s a pain to get out.
  • don’t get the mortar on your sidewalk, that’s permanent.
  • don’t attempt to do this if your area is freezing, or going to freeze in anytime in the next 3 days.
  • if it’s going to freeze and you still need to do it, protect it from drying in freezing temperatures. (bring it inside, to cure)
  • be prepared to work fast.

What you’ll do

Pour some of the mortar into FSC0FLKHPCE8DFZ.LARGEa bucket. It’s better to have more, than less. If you don’t put enough, you won’t find out until you’ve already put it into the mold.

I poured a generous amount of the mortar mix into the bucket, and started adding little bits of water at a time until it had reached the desired consistency. Read the instructions on your bag of mortar. Different brands have different instructions, yours may be different.

Scrape down to the very bottom of the bucket, make sure you get every last bit of dried mortar mix. I ended up needing my whole container of water for the amount of mix in the bucket. Stir, stir, stir. This is the most tiring part of the whole process.

FFKLJZ1HPCLK4NC.LARGEThe Desired consistency is slightly crumbly, like thick mud. A half inch of the mortar should stick well to the trowel/stirrer while upside down without falling off. It should be too thick to pour into the mold. You will need to scrape it out with your trowel. If this is what you have, then proceed to the next step.

 Get The Mortar Into The Mold

Scoop out the mortar and place it into your mold. Once it’s all in there, pack it down and FW788DTHPCWVX2M.LARGEsmooth it out using the trowel. This part took a while, as I needed it to be perfect. Be sure to remove all of the leaves, rocks, hairs, whatever else may have fallen into the mortar by accident.

If you’ve done everything correctly, your mortar should be super thick, and not runny at all. Poke it with something and make sure the mark stays put.

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Use stones or something heavy to keep the sides straight.

FW6QVN8HPCE8DWE.MEDIUMOh Please, Don’t Wing It

I didn’t plan ahead, and my lettering is a bit off center. This is why planning ahead is important! Winging it isn’t so fun when it’s something so precious.

Time For Lettering And Bedazzling

Use the stamps to  make your letters by pressing them into the mortar. You’ll notice toward the end, they’ll take more effort to press in. You’re running out of time at this point. You will still be able to get everything done, it will just take more pressure.

Make sure you spell everything correctly because depending on your speed, a mistake may be hard to fix.

If you were wanting to add mosaic glass, or marbles, now is the time to set them in place. A laminated picture of your pet can be placed at this time as well.

The Cure(ing)FOM5O8RHPCE8E3L.LARGE

I let my stone dry in my garage for two days. Read the instructions on your bag of mortar for more specific drying times for your brand.

  • protect it from freezing temperatures
  • don’t let it get wet
  • don’t let anybody or something step on it
  • in a couple of days, remove it from the mold

The finish memorial stone came out great. I am very happy with how it came out, and I hope you are too. 🙂

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August 7, 2014

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  • linda spiker

    What a sweet way to memorialize a pet!