How to Build a Walkway Using a Concrete Paver Mold

June 22, 2012

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You can spend thousands of dollars and hire a professional contractor to pour your walkway or install commercially made concrete pavers, or you can use Quikrete’s Walkmaker form or some other type of form. Walkway with Stones The Walkmaker, constructed of a durable plastic material, greatly simplifies the construction of a concrete walkway and produces exceptional results. For a customized look, purchase powdered cement coloring to add to the concrete mixture. Here’s how we made our lovely walkway with the mold.

Stuff You Need:
Paver Mold- we used Quikrete’s Walkmaker
Crack-resistant concrete
Flat-bladed spade
Gravel
Hand tamper
Wheelbarrow
Powdered cement coloring
Measuring cup
Bucket
Hoe
Trowel or shovel

Step 1

Determine the amount of concrete material needed for the project. Quikrete recommends one 80-pound bag of concrete for every 2 feet of walkway.

Step 2

Measure the walkway area and remove the sod with the spade. You can lay the pavers directly onto the ground, but for best results Quikrete recommends that you remove 2 to 4 inches of soil and pour gravel into the trench. Tamp the gravel so that it is level and compacted.

Bust Sod

Step 3

Pour a bag of concrete into the wheelbarrow. Remove approximately 2 cups of dry mix and set it aside. Add the powdered coloring to the dry concrete mix and stir well with a hoe.

Step 4

Fill the bucket with approximately 3 pints water. Slowly pour half the water into one part of the wheelbarrow. With the hoe, rake the dry concrete into the pool of water, mixing until all the water is absorbed.

Mixing Concrete

Step 5

Add another 2 to 3 pints of water to the bucket, and pour the water into the concrete mix. Rake and chop the concrete into the water until the water is absorbed. The mixture should have the consistency of mud. When you chop the mixture with the hoe, the mixture should stay in place. If the mixture is too crumbly or stiff, add more water. If the mixture is too soupy, add some of the dry concrete mix you have set aside, and mix well.

Step 6

Place the Walkmaker form at one end of the walkway. Shovel or trowel the concrete into the form, patting down the mix to ensure that it fills the corners and cavities of the mold.

Filling Form

Step 7

Lift the form straight up so it does not snag on and damage the wet concrete pavers. Hose off the form immediately to prevent the concrete mix from hardening.

Lifting Form 2

Step 8

Repeat the process of mixing concrete, laying the form in the walkway and adding the mix to the form until the walkway is complete. Allow the pavers to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 9

Sprinkle cupfuls of Portland cement sand mix or jointing sand over the pavers. Spread the sand mix between the paver form lines with a broom so the mix completely fills the form lines.

Sweeping Sand Mix 3

Step 10

Mist the pavers with a garden hose, wetting the sand mix but not washing it out of the form lines. Allow to dry completely.

Spraying Water

Secret Garden Blooming

Notes and Tips

To make a curved walkway, reposition the Walkmaker form onto the wet concrete mix in the direction of the curve. Press the form down to form new paver lines. Smooth out the previous paver lines with the trowel.

To prevent the Walkmaker form from sticking to the wet concrete, lightly spray the form with water or very lightly with cooking oil.

To create a nonslip surface, lightly brush over the wet pavers with a stiff broom. The broom will create small ridges on the paver surface.

To allow the concrete to properly cure, choose an overcast day when the temperature will not drop before 50 degrees and no rain is expected within 24 hours. If it does rain, cover unstained concrete pavers with plastic sheeting. In an area with sun, cover the concrete pavers with plastic sheeting or burlap to prevent the concrete from drying too quickly. Lightly moisten the burlap periodically when the material becomes too dry.

Do not cover stained concrete with plastic sheeting or burlap, as they may cause discoloration. Apply Quikrete Concrete Sealer to the surface of the concrete instead.

Concrete is caustic. Do not breathe in concrete dust. If you have sensitive skin, wear gloves while handling concrete.

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6 Responses to “How to Build a Walkway Using a Concrete Paver Mold”

  1. Karen Says:

    Oh wow! That is beautiful. Your yard looks awesome.

  2. lin Says:

    Hey, that turned out GREAT! Good work!

  3. Anna Says:

    Hello,

    Living in upstate new york, I am wondering how this should hold up in the winters? do you know of anyone else that has it? I am looking to do this to our house also!

    Anna

    • Rebecca Says:

      Hi, Anna! Here are the answers to your questions in your email:

      1. did you lay any gravel or base down? it looks like you didn’t as it was already a dirt path.

      > We placed the concrete directly on dirt. YES, you can place in on a gravel base — that’s the best method.

      2. did you wait until after the winter was over to sand/mortar it in? I’m new at this stuff…

      > No, we added the mortar as soon as the concrete was dry, within a few days.

      3. once the frost heave occurs, should it no longer frost heave? like after one winter it should be good?

      > Everything suffers from frost heave here in NY. The pathway stones have shifted a bit and the mortar between the stones has cracked. We have suffered three catastrophic floods since I laid the pathway down, which left a heavy layer of silt on the pathway. The pathway is still very usable, but small weeds have infiltrated the cracks.

      I saw you added more of your walkway, did you sand sweep it in right after since you didn’t have much frost heave? I’m wondering if I do this this fall if I should finish it or let it sit a season or two.

      > If you let it sit and wait to add the mortar, you may have a problem with weeds growing between the stones.

      4. you said you added sand sticky mix into the concrete… so if the directions say use one 80lb bag of concrete, how did you divide this? or did you just add sand to the 80lbs to make it thicker… and how much sand do you add for one form?

      > I added sand mix to the entire concrete bag and just added a bit more water.

      Hope this helps!

      Just so you know– I don’t think Quikrete — the folks who make the walkway mold — intend this kid of pathway to be very permanent. I wouldn’t use it for a front pathway to your door. People might trip because the edges of the stones do shift a bit. For a garden path, it’s a very nice treatment.

  4. Chris Says:

    Thanks for putting this up.

    I’m thinking of doing a project like this in South Texas. I’d like to lay down some kind of base to minimize shifting. Do you have any opinion on just putting down 1/2″ or so of gravel and then 1/2″ or so of sand on top of it, for about a 1″ base? Do you think such a thin base would even be worth the trouble? I read somewhere that making a deep base with several inches of gravel and sand was for areas that freeze and thaw; where I live, it almost never freezes and when it does, it doesn’t stay cold long enough to freeze the dirt to any appreciable depth.