Before you move forward, you need stones for your path. You have a couple of options. The type of stones you need may be purchased from a landscaping supplier or you can find them yourself in the wild. Depending on how many stones you need for your walkway, transporting the stones to your home and moving them around your yard can be an additional burden; they can be heavy…and expensive.
The other option is to make them yourself using concrete mix and some type of mold. The Quikrete® Walkmaker® is a reusable plastic mold specifically for DIYers to create their own pathways. You can also build your own mold to shape the stones to your liking, using scrap pieces of wood or an old baking pan.
To build a mold from wood, you can use 2x4s and a sheet of plywood, cut in your desired dimensions, such as 13” a side. Connect the pieces at each corner with wood screws and an electric screwdriver. Then cut a piece of plywood to fit and screw it to the 2x4s to create a back panel. Make a handful of these forms to speed up the stone-making process.
Circular or square baking pans can make great molds. Before filling the pans with concrete mix, be sure to coat the inside of them with some type of lubricant, such as cooking spray for easy removal of the stones after they set.
Mix concrete with water in a wheelbarrow or large bucket, following all package instructions. Wet your mold with a little bit of water (or cooking spray if you’re using a pan) and then pour the concrete mix into it.
Whenever you're working with cement powder, always wear a dust mask, protective goggles and gloves. Avoid contact with your skin and eyes. If you get any wet cement on your skin (either through direct contact or wet clothing), wash the area well with fresh water and remove your soaked clothing immediately. Always keep all of your materials and equipment away from children and pets.
Use a mason's float (or the edge of a piece of wood) to scrape off excess concrete from the top of the mold and smooth the surface. This is more than just a cosmetic procedure — it also floats any fine particles and air bubbles to the surface, creating a denser, more durable top layer.
Let the concrete stone cure for the length of time recommended by the concrete manufacturer. When the concrete has set, remove your new stone from the mold and set it aside. Repeat the process for subsequent stones until you have enough of them to complete your path.