- Rock Form- these can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards etc - we bought the Quikrete one pictured for $9 at Lowes.
- 60# bag of Concrete (not Cement!) You'll need approx. 1 bag per "Square"
- Water or garden hose
- Bucket or Wheelbarrow
- Trowel or Block of Wood
- 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.
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.
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.
Step Gently tap the edges of your form and carefully lift it off your new "slab".
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.
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.
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