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How to Make a Flagstone

By Tracy Morris

Nothing beats the look of flagstone in your yard. Whether it's a flagstone patio or a set of steps, natural-looking stone gives your garden a rugged appeal. But you can avoid buying pallets of stone--and the effort it takes to haul it home. You can recreate the same look by making your own flagstones, also known as Hypertufa flagstones.

Fill a Styrofoam cooler with the sand. Make a depression in the sand that's the desired size and shape of your flagstone. Cover the depression with the dry-cleaning bag and smooth out any wrinkles. This will be your flagstone mold.

Mix one part Portland cement and two parts dirt.

Mix water and liquid concrete dye.

Add water mix to cement mix and stir the two together until the mixture is the consistency of toothpaste.

Press the mixture into the flagstone form. Cover with plastic and let cure and dry for two weeks.

When the flagstone step has dried, gently pull it out of the form. It is now ready to use in your garden or patio project.


Things You Will Need

  • Styrofoam cooler
  • Quikrete play sand, 50 pounds
  • Clean garden dirt
  • 90-pound bag Portland cement
  • Liquid concrete dye
  • Water
  • Dry-cleaning bag

About the Author


Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.