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How to Add Color to a Gravel Driveway

By Cynthia Measom
Plain, gray-colored gravel could benefit from color.

While gravel serves a driveway well, it often lacks pizzazz. Adding color to a gravel driveway can liven up your landscaping and create interest. One of the benefits of this project is that it doesn't have to break your budget. Instead, you can utilize a few household items you already have on hand, and instantly add color and original style to your bland gravel driveway without spending money.

Place the plate or piece of pottery on 1/2 of a towel. Pull the other half of the towel over the top.

Hit the item with a hammer to break it. Hit the item continuously until it breaks into gravel-size pieces. Lift the towel periodically to monitor your progress.

Pick up the broken pieces in the towel and dump them into a bucket. Break up other plates or pottery into pieces until you have filled the bucket.

Scatter the contents of the bucket evenly onto your gravel driveway to add color.


Things You Will Need

  • Colored plates or pottery
  • Towel
  • Hammer
  • Bucket


  • Ask friends and relative for their old, broken or chipped dishes or pottery. You can also visit a discount store for cheap, colorful plates or pottery pieces.


  • Wear safety goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands from flying pieces of plates or pottery.
  • Don't hit the broken pieces of the pottery or plate too hard with the hammer or you will crush the pieces into tiny bits.

About the Author


Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.