How to Make a Paver and Pebble Pathway

Add a decorative touch to your walkway by installing pebble-filled pavers

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How to Make a Paver and Pebble Pathway

Adding a decorative paver to your walkway is a small enhancement that will make a lasting impact. River rocks or pond pebbles offer a naturally charming touch that will complement any outdoor layout. Discover how to make one from scratch below, and add one to your home this season.
 

What You Need

 

1
measure for a mold
How to Make a Paver and Pebble Pathway step 1

• Measure the space you plan to insert the DIY pavers. You will have to make a mold from wood to accept the ready-mix concrete
• For our project, we left 1-inch thick, 19 ⅝-inch square unpaved spaces to accept our DIY pathway pavers. 
• The size of our pathway paver should be 19½-inch square. Be sure to chisel off the interlock nubs of the surrounding pavers so they don’t impede the one you want to inset. 

2
cut the plywood
How to Make a Paver and Pebble Pathway step 2

Use a circular saw to cut a 19½-inch square and a 12-inch square out of ¾-inch plywood.

3
build the inner square
How to Make a Paver and Pebble Pathway step 3

• Attach a 12-inch square of plywood to the center with screws. 
• This will be the area that holds the pebbles.
 

4
complete the mold
How to Make a Paver and Pebble Pathway step 4

• Cut two 21-inch and two 19½-inch segments from the 1- x 3-inch x 8-foot board.
• Attach with screws outer edge of the 19 ½-inch square so it is raised an inch above the plywood.
• You have now finished your mold.
 

5
mix and pour the concrete
How to Make a Paver and Pebble Pathway step 5

• Mix a small batch of ready-mix concrete and pour into your mold, smoothing as needed.

6
install the dried paver
How to Make a Paver and Pebble Pathway step 6

• After it has fully dried, remove all screws from 1- x 3-inch pieces and carefully take out the finished paver.
• Add layer of sand to the ground space and smooth flat.