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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 in under $40!

      Items Needed:

      1. Rock Form- these can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, etc for about $9.
      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.




      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".


      Step #7 : Repeat until your walkway is of desired width and length.


      Once Your walkway is completed, it will take several 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.
      Comments 40 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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