Give your walkway a makeover with this easy do it yourself project - Learn how to build your own stone walkway

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  • How to build a faux stone walkway

    Landscaping can sometimes seem like a costly overwhelming project. It doesn't have to be, you can change the look of the front of your home with this easy Do It Yourself project that takes less than half a day. Revamp the walkway to your front door under $40!
    How to build a Faux Stone Walkway under

    Items Needed:

    1. Rock Form- these can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards etc - we bought the Quikrete one pictured for $9 at Lowes.
    2. 60# bag of Concrete (not Cement!) You'll need approx. 1 bag per "Square"
    3. Water or garden hose
    4. Bucket or Wheelbarrow
    5. Trowel or Block of Wood
    6. Pea Pebbles or Sand or gravel


    Step 1: Level the area that you would like to create a walkway on. This can be done by digging down into the existing soil, or by adding a filler such as gravel. In this case, we wanted the walkway to appear more rustic and chose Not to level the area at all.

    Step#2: Mix your Concrete according to the directions. We mixed about 3 bags at a time to make it easier to handle.


    DIY Faux Stone Walkway Tutorial


    Step #3: Lay your form down where you want to begin your walkway, we started close to our stairs to be sure it fit correctly. The fill your form with the concrete.


    DIY Faux Stone Walkway Tutorial


    Step #4: Using a trowel or smooth Block of wood, fill out and smooth over the form, making sure that it is completely filled and smooth. Let sit a couple of minutes.

    DIY Faux Stone Walkway Tutorial



    Step Gently tap the edges of your form and carefully lift it off your new "slab".

    DIY Faux Stone Walkway Tutorial


    Step #6 : Gently tap the edges of your form and carefully lift it off your new "slab".

    UPDATE: To give the pattern a random look, rotate the mold 90° Each time you line it up with the previous "square".

    Step #7 : Repeat until your walkway is of desired width and length.
    DIY Faux Stone Walkway Tutorial


    Once Your walkway is completed, Dampcure the entire path for five to seven days to dry completely, depending on the weather in your area.

    Once your walkway is dry, fill in the "cracks" between the stones with tiny pebbles, sand or gravel, etc.


    In this case, we decided to use pebbles, available at Home depot for $2.45 a bag.
    Simply dump the bag on and sweep the pebbles into the cracks.

    (current prices as of today's date April 2006)
    Cost of Concrete $1.89 per bag
    Cost of Pebbles $ 2.45
    Cost of Form $9.
    Total Hours for Project: 3 hours

    Total Cost of our new fancy Walkway: $36.00


    Tips- if you have leftover concrete, consider making your own stepping stones for the garden! Simple pour the remaining concrete into a disposable 8" cake pan, add some smooth pressed stones into a design, or "carve a design" with a pointed pencil. Once it's dry, you can Paint your design.

    Dragonflies, Froggies, Flowers, children's handprints all work quite well.

    Be sure to coat your children's hands liberally with hand cream prior to pressing the stones and then wash immediately with warm soapy water. Concrete does a number on skin.

    What if you want a Curved Walkway?



    Here are directions for creating a curved path.



    What if you want a Glow in the Dark Walkway?

    Well, this can be done, it doesn't last a long time, about 1 season. Ensure that the walkway has cured before you begin.
    First you'll need to apply a base coat primer of white to your stones as the glow won't really be bright without it. Then apply an exterior spray on glow paint to each stone (or every other if you'd prefer!). Since the stones will likely be walked on, it is recommended that you protect the coating by applying a thin coat of Ultra Cover 2X Gloss Clear.

    What if you want Colored Stones?

    For every two 60-80 pound bags of (dry) concrete mix, combine one 10oz bottle of liquid cement color of your choice into 5 quarts of clean water. Then mix the colored liquid into the concrete until thoroughly blended. If you need to add more water to get the correct consistency, that's fine too.

    2017 UPDATE:

    Well, when we created this project over 10 years ago, it only cost us $36.

    Here's an updated price expectation for March of 2017:

    The Rock Walkway form is running about $15-16 at Lowes, Home Depot However, you could sell it on a local swap shop list or craigslist for at least half the price after using it.

    A 60# bag of concrete runs $3.45 - again, you'll need approximately 1 bag per square. (we used 13 bags or 780lbs for the path pictured) or, if you'd prefer to buy the larger 80lb bag for $4. you would need 10 bags. (Well, technically you'd need 9.75 bags!) So $40 even. (you'd save about $5 purchasing the bigger bag).

    Pebbles (aka Pea Gravel) is $3.58 a bag

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    Comments 49 Comments
    1. DisneyGwrrl's Avatar
      DisneyGwrrl -
      This is a beautiful idea and so inexpensive! I'm going to make a path to our bbq pit with this idea, thank you!
    1. FruGal's Avatar
      FruGal -
      I was really hoping to use this idea in my back yard because I think it is so cool! Problem is, my local Home Depot & Lowes don't carry the rock form. Any other ideas as to where I can find it?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      You can get one here:

      Quikrete Walk Maker through Amazon


      or Here:


      From Lowes- have it shipped directly to your local store.

      The price has gone up a few dollars, then again, hasn't everything!
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      You can order it on Lowes Website and they'll ship it directly to your store at no additional cost. I just looked it up and it's $11.36

      Quikrete Walk Maker

      Or you can order it online at Amazon, but you'll have to pay shipping there:

      Quikrete walk forms
    1. doingitalone's Avatar
      doingitalone -
      This is wonderful and I'm going to try it. I just have one question. Do you put down anything on the dirt such as weed blocker or sand? It looks like its just on the dirt, won't it shift with weather underneath and weeds will grow thru. Help
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by doingitalone View Post
      This is wonderful and I'm going to try it. I just have one question. Do you put down anything on the dirt such as weed blocker or sand? It looks like its just on the dirt, won't it shift with weather underneath and weeds will grow thru. Help
      When we put ours down we Wanted the grass to grow through in between like old fashioned stone walkways were in New England. However, you can put down layers of newspaper (wet them first, then a light layer of sand), or you can use weed blocking fabric. So far we've done this same type of walkway in 3 different climates, The Northeast, The Midwest (Massively Cold, Wet, Miserable weather with temps dipping 50 BELOW Zero) and the SouthEast- with temps over 100F for weeks on end. It does not "heave" if you dig it down halfway.
    1. ItsJustEss's Avatar
      ItsJustEss -
      how many feet does one bag do?
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustEss View Post
      how many feet does one bag do?
      You'll need about 1 bag of concrete per form "square".
    1. lea1219's Avatar
      lea1219 -
      a friend told me that some place will sell bags of cement 50% off if its already open.
    1. amp304's Avatar
      amp304 -
      i LOVE this, we have old red bricks that are dipping in everywhere and I want to rip the whole thing up and put cement and this is perrrrfect. I do have one question though, have you done any parts where there is a turn or bend? I'm trying to make the walkway around the back of the house and then into a patio.... any suggestions?
    1. missybeck37's Avatar
      missybeck37 -
      My husband and I moved to North Dakota and we have to put in a walkway if we don't want to walk in the mud.
    1. avercuiel's Avatar
      avercuiel -
      Quote Originally Posted by amp304 View Post
      i LOVE this, we have old red bricks that are dipping in everywhere and I want to rip the whole thing up and put cement and this is perrrrfect. I do have one question though, have you done any parts where there is a turn or bend? I'm trying to make the walkway around the back of the house and then into a patio.... any suggestions?
      I know this is an old post but here's a link to making curves (turn/bend) in the pathway.
      http://www.quikrete.com/AtHome/walkmaker.pdf

      Cheers.
    1. ginfires's Avatar
      ginfires -
      I LOVE YOU! And I know I don't know you...but you just saved my life with post! I was trying to figure out a cost effective way to make a trail around the side of my house...FOUND IT! THAAANK YOU!
    1. msbragg's Avatar
      msbragg -
      YES I LOVE YOU TOO. You saved me a lot of money. I'm making a patio for my BBQ area and a walk way from my garage to my back door. Thank heavens. Bless you.
    1. nailsmama's Avatar
      nailsmama -
      Is it possible to do this on a fairly steep hill? We are trying to build a stone walkway from our deck to the bottom of the hill in our backyard for the kids to walk down. Thanks!
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by amp304 View Post
      i LOVE this, we have old red bricks that are dipping in everywhere and I want to rip the whole thing up and put cement and this is perrrrfect. I do have one question though, have you done any parts where there is a turn or bend? I'm trying to make the walkway around the back of the house and then into a patio.... any suggestions?
      Yes, you can make the block on a solid surface and then when they have formed/solidified you can pick them up and move them to form "curves" or bends as needed.
    1. lizlazo27's Avatar
      lizlazo27 -
      I love love love this ! I do have a question though. Is it possible to do this to make a small / medium size back patio? If, not do you have any ideas on how to do something similar but for a patio instead of a walkway?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by lizlazo27 View Post
      I love love love this ! I do have a question though. Is it possible to do this to make a small / medium size back patio? If, not do you have any ideas on how to do something similar but for a patio instead of a walkway?
      Yes, just keep making blocks side by side.
    1. jessand's Avatar
      jessand -
      This is awesome! I have a fire pit but it just has gravel around the edges and doesn't look as good as it used to. But this has given me a new idea! I love the idea of this and dont mind getting my hands dirty. This is going to be my new weekend project!
    1. chbranch's Avatar
      chbranch -
      Oh my. I feel a weekend project coming on! We have slate stepping stones up to our front door and the area puddles whenever it rains. A friend who does landscaping gave me an estimate for a "quick fix" and it was over $500! We don't want anything too expensive because someday we'd like to extend the porch and the walkway would need to be moved. Thanks for the great idea!
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