This is a great guide on how to make your own paving slabs
In this article we demonstrate how to make your own concrete paving slabs but with a difference. You only need basic knowledge and experience and anyone can do this with ease. We use little material and some concrete to make a mould.
Why not incorporate your own attractive factors to make unique, low-cost garden paving slabs.
Now here’s the guide:
This example uses a 9 ½ inch square wooden base.
Sides are screwed onto the base to make a frame.
Repeat the above process if you want to make more slabs quicker.
If you have access to a cement mixer you could mix your own concrete, in this example, post mix is used.
Trowel the concrete into the moulds and smooth over. We recommend vibrating the mould once the concrete is poured in. See below for more information on how to do this.
Here you can add decorative tiles or anything else you might think will work. The example uses coins as well as tiles to decorate the slabs.
Remove the slab from the moulds by carefully turning them upside down. Sometimes you may need to unscrew the mould to remove the slabs.
You could bury these as they are in the soil or grass or maybe paint them various colours.
A very important step in the making concrete slabs is releasing some of the trapped air. If left in the trapped air will create air holes making the concrete slab weak and prone to breaking.
Vibrating the mould with the concrete still wet will help release some of the air trapped inside the concrete. There are a few methods people use to do this. If you can get hold of a vibrating table then this would be ideal. However, these aren’t cheap. Some people have used an old washing machine or even a palm sander on the side of the wooden moulds. We have lots more DIY projects, including: How to make an underground greenhouse.
If you have any other ideas on how to make your own paving slabs, please let us know in the comments below.
We would love to see your own paving slabs so please post a photo of what you have created.