Making concrete molds for either paving stones or decorative stones to create a walkway for your garden or yard is a simple process that can save you a huge amount of money. Having a walkway can add another dimension to your garden by keeping wandering feet from crushing plants and also making it easier to navigate through the garden.
Making Concrete Molds
Cover the paving stone or rock you want to mold with six to eight coats of the silicone or latex rubber mold. Allow the latex to dry fully between each coat. Apply a layer of gauze or cheesecloth to strengthen the structure of the mold before applying a final coat.
Let the mold set for 24 hours. The mold should completely cover the top and sides of your paving stone. Carefully peel back the mold from the original rock after 24 hours.
Place the mold in a bucket or container of sand. The sand will keep the mold from shifting or tearing when you pour in your concrete mix.
Mix your concrete according to the instructions on the package. Pour the mix into your mold and allow it to dry completely. This will take 24 to 48 hours. Repeat the process to make as many concrete molds as you want.
Making a Walkway
Place concrete paving stones in a tiled pattern to create a smooth walkway through your garden. To create a tiled walkway you will need to make more molded stones, since a tiled walkway requires more paving stones to finish.
Leave eight to 10 inches between individual concrete stones to create a more open walkway that requires fewer molded stones.
Create a path with enough room for two people to walk side by side, whether your walkway is tiled or open. About four or five feet of space will be adequate.
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