How to Add Color to a Gravel Driveway

Plain, gray-colored gravel could benefit from color.
Plain, gray-colored gravel could benefit from color. (Image: gravel image by Alison Bowden from

While gravel serves a driveway well, it often lacks pizzazz. Adding color to a gravel driveway can liven up your landscaping and create interest. One of the benefits of this project is that it doesn't have to break your budget. Instead, you can utilize a few household items you already have on hand, and instantly add color and original style to your bland gravel driveway without spending money.

Things You'll Need

  • Colored plates or pottery
  • Towel
  • Hammer
  • Bucket

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Place the plate or piece of pottery on 1/2 of a towel. Pull the other half of the towel over the top.

Hit the item with a hammer to break it. Hit the item continuously until it breaks into gravel-size pieces. Lift the towel periodically to monitor your progress.

Pick up the broken pieces in the towel and dump them into a bucket. Break up other plates or pottery into pieces until you have filled the bucket.

Scatter the contents of the bucket evenly onto your gravel driveway to add color.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask friends and relative for their old, broken or chipped dishes or pottery. You can also visit a discount store for cheap, colorful plates or pottery pieces.
  • Wear safety goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands from flying pieces of plates or pottery.
  • Don't hit the broken pieces of the pottery or plate too hard with the hammer or you will crush the pieces into tiny bits.


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