There are many ways you can improve the look of your landscaping with concrete pavers. Concrete pavers can be installed as a patio in a bed of sand, over concrete foundation like ceramic tile with adhesive and grout, or they can be arranged in the yard as stepping stones. Finding the right size and shape of paver can be a problem. Most of the pavers found at large retailers are shaped like bricks. If you want something a little different, in a custom size and shape, consider making your own pavers.
Things You'll Need
- ¾ inch plywood
- Cooking oil
- Pre-mix concrete
- Small bucket
- Plastic tarps
- Concrete sealant
Trim a piece of 3/4-inch plywood to match the dimensions of your paving stone with a circular saw. Trim 2-by-4 lumber that will fit along each edge of the plywood. Nail the 2-by-4 in place along the edge of the plywood to create a form for the paver. Repeat this process to create multiple forms so you can create pavers in batches.
Dip an old paintbrush into cooking oil and paint the inside of the form with the oil. The oil will prevent the concrete from sticking to the wood.
Pour pre-mixed concrete into a large bucket. Add water slowly, stirring until the mixture is similar in texture to oatmeal. Defer to the instructions on the pre-mixed concrete for exact amounts of water.
Dip a small bucket into the concrete mixture and pour the concrete into your mold. Shake the sides of the mold to distribute the concrete. Add more concrete if necessary to fill the mold.
Smooth the top of the mold with a trowel to level the concrete. Let the concrete cure for 48 hours.
Hold the mold and the cured concrete paver in both hands. Turn the mold over and shake gently to release the concrete from the mold. Lay a tarp on a table or on the ground outside. Move the pavers outside and place them in a single layer on top of the tarp. Lay another tarp over the top. Let the pavers sit undisturbed for seven days.
Paint the pavers with concrete sealer to protect them from water damage and stains. Let the sealer dry completely before using the pavers.
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