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How to Pour a Concrete Walkway in Your Yard

By: Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford wetting down Quikrete WalkMaker walk.

There are many materials that can be used to create a walkway or path in your yard including stone, brick, gravel, and concrete. WalkMaker® concrete forms from Quikrete are a DIY-friendly way to pour a concrete path and are available in several patterns that mimic brick and stone.

To construct a walkway using the WalkMaker, position the form, fill it with concrete, then move the form to the next position. By repeating this action you’ll be able to create a pathway of any length. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Determine the location of the path and remove any existing grass or obstacles.
  2. For extra support, add a layer of gravel before pouring the concrete.
  3. The concrete can be colored by mixing Quikrete colorant with the water before adding it to the concrete mix (we used “buff” colorant).
  4. Place the WalkMaker on the path, and fill the form with a stiff concrete mix.
  5. Use a trowel to pack the concrete in the form and a screed to smooth the concrete level with the top.
  6. To give the concrete a nonslip textured finish, go over the top of the wet concrete with a brush or broom.
  7. Pull up the form and smooth the edges of the concrete using a damp trowel.
  8. Reposition the form and repeat these steps until the desired length of the walkway is achieved.
  9. When the concrete has hardened, pour a dry polymer modified sand mix like Quikrete PowerLoc™ Jointing Sand on the joints, and use a broom to sweep it into the cracks between the stones.
  10. Apply water to the jointing sand to harden it, using a spray nozzle on a garden hose.
  11. Be sure the jointing sand has set before using the walk.

Watch this video to find out more.

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  • RWilloughby Says:
    October 25th, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Can’t afford to buy multiple forms as you illustrate – so how long do you wait to pull and reuse form for another run?

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    September 8th, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Hi, Mary!
    Pouring concrete on an incline is easy, too!
    Here’s more on that:
    Good luck!

  • Mary Hentges Says:
    September 8th, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I have been looking for something like this , however I have a slope on the area I want to do this. What do you suggest how I should handle this.

  • Christie Says:
    January 30th, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for the great video! I really appreciate the tips on how to create an arc and how to fill in the spots where the mold won’t fit. Couldn’t find that info anywhere else, THANKS!

  • Dave Ludington Says:
    April 9th, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Hey, thanks for the video. I am going to do it at our house, (so hopefully my wife stays off my back for the rest of the summer). The only problem is that you made it look too easy!! Seriously though, thanks for the helpful advise.

  • Gordon Loop Says:
    June 29th, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Hi, Do you know how these pavers handle the tough winters in the NE area

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    June 30th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Hi Paul,
    As noted in the article above, we added Quikrete “buff” colorant to the concrete mix. Good luck with your project!

  • paul Says:
    June 22nd, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    great DIY video. I would like to know what is your cement color that you used in this project.

    thank you so much please keep up a great work !

  • Beth Says:
    May 30th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    This is a great video, very informative. We are making a walkway with the European brick template and dyed concrete. We are having trouble with having too much liquid (water) on the top of the concrete. Do you know what causes that? How do I remove the excess water?
    Thank You..BMS

  • Monica Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Dear Danny: This is the first time I’ve come across your expert advice page. I’ve found it AB-SO-LOOOTLY AMAZING. Now, I wonder whether there is something like Walkmaker available in my country. I’ll set out to search for it! Thank you. MB

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    September 5th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Hi Lorrie,
    Thanks for the positive feedback, glad to hear we could be of help!

  • Lorrie Harkey Says:
    September 5th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I must say that I have viewed many, MANY DIY videos and web pages regarding how to do projects such as those featured here.

    Your instructions are by far the best I have encountered. Your videos have helped me considerably!

    Thank you.


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