How to Make a Nice Cement Patio





Introduction: How to Make a Nice Cement Patio

I came across this idea at the home-de-pot when I found in the cement section plastic forms for making walkways. They did not have a form that I liked or one that was big enough so I decided to make my own.

Step 1: The Form

I built a simple mold with 1/4" X 3" poplar stock from the local big box hardware store. Then I used 1/4"x 1/4" square stock to make a decorative pattern. The whole thing was held together with grabber screws. I used Vaseline as a release.

Step 2: The Cement

It took approximately three(80 lbs) bags of cement to fill one form (3 foot x 3 foot x 3 in) so after I got the form in place and level I mixed the cement coloring with the water and then mixed the cement into a fairly workable texture. Then pour the cement into the form and work it around until all of the air pockets are worked out. It is important not to leave any aggregate from the cement on the top of the form, this will make it harder to remove later.

Step 3: Form Removal

Wait around two hours for the wet cement to harden enough to allow the form to be removed. Gently tap on the surface of the wood form to release it and slowly work the form up and off. There was some cracking but dont worry about it. The mortar will fill in any voids.

Step 4: Mortar

Finally after allowing all the cement to cure I swept in the mortar into the cracks and wet it down gently with the hose. The mortar ties the whole piece together and reinforces the cement as well as filling any voids.



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    I just bought a house and wanted to do brick along the side, when I moved in, it's all weeds, this seems like it would be a lot cheaper and less aggravation doing this instead of lying brick one by one. I'm deffently going to have to do this when the weather warms up. thanks for sharing this. after I finish I'll try to post pictures and updates on my project.

    Thank you for this I had planned on adding a walkway to the side door of my house using bricks where allot of drainage goes from my back yard during heavy rains.. This is way easier and more cost effective not to mention less labour intensive

    Nicely done. It'll make a nice floor for your new shop. Personally I think I would of bedded it on a couple of inches of pea gravel or sand, with a layer of plant barrier fabric underneath. "Grout" with loose sand. This allows for drainage,expansion and prevents weed growth. Also easier to level.

    Excellent idea, congratulations! Thanks for sharing
    I'm going to put in practice, however everytime I will prepare concrete, I have the same question.
    Whats the best/d ratio of mixture (cement, sand, stones)?
    Can someone give me ideas?
    Thank you

    I made a fabulous 18 x 20 foot patio but instead of using the forms as 'forms' I used them as stamp. Didn't have to worry about weeds coming through. Looked like as much like separate stones as it does using the form. I then stained the concrete red, then washed with black and then white to give the overall look of brick. I would never use patio stones again!

    This is great. I actually own two of these forms myself, but haven't been able to use them yet. I plan to use them to do a hybrid concrete overlay on an existing patio around a pool. Do you have any recommendations for .working around bends, curves and/or angles, or was that not an issue?

    I've also considered using the forms to make my own patio pavers. I might do that, but since the concrete blend will contain polymers, I'm not sure that's a good idea as an overlay for the current concrete patio--as they would require some type of adhesive (liquid nails, more likely) in order to secure them.

    Anyhow, your patio turned out amazing--I'd have never known that was a concrete form DIY. Looks terrific.Thanks for sharing.

    This turned out really nice -- thanks for sharing!
    Two questions:
    1. what did you use as mortar?
    2. how much did this project cost?

    I've used Pam (spray for cooking) as a form release on smooth-surfaced melamine-surfaced particle board forms. Not sure how well it'd work on unfinished wood, but it's easy to apply and like vaseline, probably non-toxic.

    Nice! Your final outcome is much better than the false looking imprints used on drives around here and from your photos looks like real separate slabs..