How To Make Your Own Pavers

As a native Australian, I’ve have found that most walkways, patios, and driveways are simply made from poured concrete.   Personally, I’ve always been attracted to stonework of all kinds. Whether it’s a cobblestone driveway, a fireplace made from river rock, or a ledge stone wall, I think that stonework adds beauty and interest to a home. Given that stonework can cost upwards of twelve dollars a square foot, however, I’ve never been able to afford to remodel my home using the stones and rocks that so attract me.

Then I ran across an article about concrete paver molds, and discovered that you can easily make your own, concrete stone pavers. I’ve tried it, and have found that I can make my own pavers for just pennies. Here’s how it works….

Concrete Molds

First, you need to start with high quality concrete molds (also called cement or plaster molds). There are companies that make concrete paver molds. Depending on the type of paver, the mold may cover an area ranging from about four square feet to about seven square feet.

Preparing Concrete Molds

Once you have your concrete molds and are ready to begin your project, you need to apply a mold release product so you can easily take out the concrete or stone pavers when they’re finished. Some of the newer mold release products can be sprayed into the concrete molds with a spray bottle.

Mixing Colors

The artistry in making your own concrete and stone pavers is in finding and mixing the colors you like. Initially, you mix a base color into a concrete and sand mixture. Once you have this base color, you can add additional amounts and combinations of color to give you the variety you seek. The best colors are made from synthetic iron oxides, although some people have had success with natural oxides, ceramic stains, and even latex paint.

Concrete Pouring and Curing

Your concrete mixture should be relatively stiff and not soupy. Using a scoop, you pour the concrete mixture into the concrete paver molds and fill the mold to the top. If you’ve ever worked with concrete, you know that it’s important to get all of the air bubbles out after a pour. This can be accomplished by bouncing the concrete stone molds up and down, or by purchasing and using a vibrating table. Next, cover the mold in plastic and let it rest out of the direct sunlight.

The longer you let the concrete cure, the stronger it will be. The concrete molds can be unmolded after 24 hours, but it’s best to wait longer. Once you release the stone pavers you should rewrap them in plastic to preserve the moisture and let them cure for an additional two weeks. Then, you simply have to apply sealant to your creations, and they’ll be ready to install.

I’ve discovered that to create a beautiful stone pathway, tile entryway, or river rock fireplace is incredibly rewarding.