August 19, 2013

DIY Concrete Pavers

I've been wanting to share this one for awhile. These are so cool!
DIY Concrete Pavers
Do you remember the garden mess I showed you?
Garden Mess
We did manage to clean it up and add stones, you can see how much better it looks now. I just need to establish an edge around that garden area. No More Garden Mess.

I didn't like anything out at the big box stores... so I decided to do it my way.
DIY Concrete Paver

Yep! I made my own pavers! We really did look at all kinds, I even purchased some red bricks. But, uh no, I was not a big fan of the red. 

So, after being disappointed at the selection, plus not wanting to spend a fortune, I figured I could do this. How hard could it be? Not hard at all!

I just needed some sort of form, that would be easy to use, lightweight, and reusable. I headed over to the Dollar Tree and found the perfect form.
Forms for DIY Concrete Pavers
I bought 10 of them. So far $10 invested. Then I oiled them lightly, so the paver would come out easily. I also marked the outside with a line on both sides, so I would know how much to fill each form.

Then hubs and I picked up a bag of concrete, that was about $2.50. Okay, so now we are up to $12.50, not bad.
Concrete Supplies for pavers
Next up, let's mix up the concrete.
Mixing concrete
We grabbed an old bucket and trowel added some water and dumped in some concrete mix. Easy enough. 

You want the consistency to be kinda like oatmeal, or peanut butter. Not too runny but not too dry. You just have to experiment with it. We scooped some into the form and smoothed it out.
Concrete in forms
We just kinda chopped it and pounded it.
Fill concrete to lines

Tap and shake til smooth
They got real watery at the top, but hubby said that's supposed to happen. By the next day they were all dry.

They came out perfect!
DIY Concrete Pavers
I figure I'll be able to make about 15 or so pavers per bag. Let's say I want to make about 100.

So, let's do the math. 15 pavers per bag, 7 bags will make about 105 pavers. That's $17.50 + $10 for the forms =$27.50

Then divide that by 105 = about $.26 per paver! Not bad. I'd pay about $60, if I bought them from the big box store, that's at $.58 per paver!
Yep, I'm going the cheap way!

Oh, and I'm even saving more, because they are about 3 inches longer than a standard brick!

I LOVE the way they came out!!
DIY Concrete Pavers
I only have to make about a zillion of them.... because 100 probably won't be enough.

Now, I'm thinking of getting a smaller form to go around the gardens... I'll save that one for next year.

Gotta go mix up some more!
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Lori -thestonybrookhouse
Lori -thestonybrookhouse

I have been blogging for about 4 years and I enjoy sharing all the things that go on here at The Stonybrook House. From building to decorating, crafting and cooking, and so much more. I enjoy gardening and a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly I love The Lord Jesus my Savior and my wonderful hubby of 28 years!