Concrete pavers are the perfect flooring material for outdoors. They add greatly to the beauty of any garden or landscape. With a large patch of green, concrete walkways provide the much-needed break and when laid in the right manner and different shapes like a curve, they can alter the overall appearance of the surrounding taking it to a whole new level.
They can be made in numerous colors, that simply adds to the charm. Other varieties like interlocking molds that create an interesting pattern once the pavers have been laid, can be used, too.
If you wish to make your own molds instead of buying them off the market shelves, here are some tips on how to do so. A fair warning though, making them is more time-consuming, and the task of creating new and unique patterns is quite tedious and very challenging.
How to Make Concrete Paver Molds
You will need ½ inch thick wood, and 1¼ inch screws.
- Depending on the height and size of the paver, cut a strip from the wood. For instance, if you are making a 12" x 12" x 2" paver, cut a ½-inch board into four pieces. Out of these four, two pieces should be 12 inches long and two inches wide. These two will be vertical boards.
- The other two should be 13-inches long and 2-inches wide. These will be horizontal boards. If you want your paver to be 3-inches thick rather than 2, then cut all the four pieces 2-inches wide.
- Now, place all the four pieces together such that they form a square that is 12-inches long on each side from inside.
- Drill two parallel pilot holes ¼ inch from the end of the vertical board in the ends of your 12-inch board.
- Assemble the mold in a square, and insert screw into the holes. Tighten the mold to hold it in place.
- Use a fast-drying lacquer spray on the inside. Once it dries, spray a second coat, and allow it to dry. Spray some concrete release on the mold so that removing it becomes easier once the paver has set.
Make a large number of molds so that you can simultaneously lay more pavers without having to waste too much time and wait for each mold to be free so that you can cast the next paver.
You may try your hand at different shapes such as rectangles or hexagons. But keep in mind that the molds for each paver should be identical, else you may face a problem while laying them.
How to Use Concrete Paver Molds
- Start by purchasing the right concrete mix to make the pavers. Though different types of concrete are available, as a beginner, using a ready-made concrete mix is ideal. Also, calculate the amount you will require because it is slightly expensive.
- Mix the desired amount of concrete as per the manufacturer's instructions. Add in color if you wish to create a colorful pathway.
- Now, lay the mold on a completely flat surface, and ensure that there are no level differences anywhere.
- Pour the concrete into the mold. Bounce the mold to remove any air bubbles and make it stronger. Also, use a trowel to smooth the top of the paver mold for a uniform finish.
- Wait for about 24-48 hours for the concrete to harden. Then, remove the mold, and place it in a cool area so that it can cure. Keep it damp so that it attains the maximum strength.
Concrete pavers, when used in the right manner, can work wonders and alter the beauty of your landscape design. This is possible when you choose to either purchase or make the right shape and size of the concrete paver molds, that match up to the elegance of your garden.