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How to make a QUIKRETE WalkMaker patio

Y’all, we laid a gorgeous patio a few weeks ago and we are loving how it has turned out. If you’re looking for how to make a QUIKRETE WalkMaker patio, you’ve found your final spot.

Our friends at QUIKRETE sent us the supplies for this build and we were proud to use them.

Last week we told you about how we were removing our old patio, so the next step was to lay the new one, using QUIKRETE 5000 and their WalkMaker forms in the Country Stone pattern.

The Country Stone WalkMaker has an awesome look that gives our backyard a rustic feel with the simplicity of pouring concrete.

Here is how we did the final step of this project, adding polymeric jointing sand.

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How to make a QUIKRETE Walkmaker patio

The QUIKRETE WalkMaker is a super simple product to use.

The WalkMaker comes in a number of different patterns to elevate your basic concrete patio or path into something really special.

Click here for basic Quikrete Walk Maker Instructions.

Each WalkMaker form is designed to take one 80 pound bag of QUIKRETE, but we ended up needing a little less.

For us, it was about two bags for three forms.

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The process is simple.

First mix a bag of QUIKRETE in a wheelbarrow or plastic tub according to the instructions on the bag.

Properly mixed concrete will hold it’s form immediately, which is essential for using the WalkMaker forms.

Make sure your concrete isn’t too wet or dry or it will crumble or mush apart when you remove the WalkMaker.

You want the consistency to be that of wet peanut butter.

Add water bit by bit until you get that consistency.

If you are doing a lot of molds (for a patio or large path), be sure to track the amount of water that you use the first time to make subsequent bags go faster.

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Lay your WalkMaker in the first place you want your form.

If you’re making a patio like us, we recommend starting along the house in a corner if possible. This way you can work from a straight spot.

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With your WalkMaker in place, start scooping your mixed concrete into the form.

Start by pushing the concrete into the corners and along the edges of each stone in the pattern.

If you don’t get the concrete all the way into the gaps, the mold won’t look right. You will have air bubbles.

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It takes a lot more concrete than you think that it will! Continue to add concrete, pushing it down around all the edges and filling in the middle.

Pack it down well and then smooth the top as best you can.

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Now is time to remove the WalkMaker form. There are little tabs on each side that make it easy to pull up.

Remember, if your concrete was properly mixed, there shouldn’t be any problem here.

Simply pull the form straight up and it should easily come loose from your stones and the concrete should hold it’s shape.

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The next thing that you want to do is smooth out the tops and edges of your stones again.

Here you can simply level them off or even bevel the edges a little bit to give them a more natural stone look. Don’t forget this step!

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The final step is to rotate the WalkMaker form a quarter turn. Then, set it down right up against the stones you just made. Continue to do this as you do each form.

Rotating the pattern makes it harder to tell that your patio or path is a repeating pattern of the same mold. You don’t want it to look like a grid!

QUIKRETE 5000 is a great concrete mix for this project because it solidifies pretty quickly.

It’s walkable within 10 hours and holds its form very well. The concrete was easy to mix and formed well in the WalkMaker forms.

There ended up being 48 forms and it took about 7 hours.

It took us one day to lay our Walkmaker patio. The beauty of these forms is that you can do a few in an evening if you don’t have a long period of time.

Or, you could do an entire patio in one day.

We loved using both of these products and think they would work great for anyone else doing the same thing.


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So that was how to make a QUIKRETE WalkMaker patio.

Check out how we finished off the project by showing you how to use QUIKRETE’s polymeric jointing sand to fill in the gaps between the stones and give our patio it’s final finish!

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How to make a QUIKRETE WalkMaker stone look concrete patio via Charleston Crafted

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    Ariel

    Sunday 12th of December 2021

    Hi Great job! This is one of the better tutorials out there! Quick question, how does the polymeric sand feel when barefoot? Is it sandy or does it actually harden up hard like grout? I’ve never used it and I’ve not been able to find answers. I’d like to eventually try this but need to know how barefoot friendly/sandy it could be. Thanks!

    Morgan

    Monday 13th of December 2021

    Hey Ariel, it doesn't feel like sand and isn't grainy. It has a semi-hard, semi-spongey feel to it. It solidifies, holds really well to the concrete and worked great.

    30 Inexpensive & Easy Backyard Patio Ideas on a Budget

    Wednesday 28th of April 2021

    […] Morgan at Charleston Crafted created a stone look patio using Quickrete and a Walkmaker form. This is an easy doable DIY backyard patio idea any one can accomplish. There is no particular skill needed. […]

    Aly L

    Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

    Did you do sand for your mortar?

    Morgan

    Thursday 3rd of September 2020

    Yes we used polymeric sand!

    Qween

    Sunday 23rd of August 2020

    About how much did your patio cost in concrete. Is it cheaper than buying pavers?

    Morgan

    Sunday 23rd of August 2020

    The price is going to differ in your area, but yes it should be cheaper than pavers. One mold = one bag of concrete = one square foot so you can measure that way, plus the cost of the mold and the polymeric sand.

    Krystal

    Thursday 9th of July 2020

    I love this idea! I want to build a fire pit for my husband for Father’s Day next year. How many bags did you use for your space roughly? They look about the same size. I know it’s a ways away but I will have to budget this project, and secretly save. I try to purchase all materials using cash and have my parent and his parent deliver them as soon as he leaves for work in hopes the project is done when he gets home! Thanks in advance!

    Sean

    Thursday 9th of July 2020

    Hi, I'd be happy to help, but I don't know how you would use the WalkMaker forms to make a fire pit. Can you please clarify what you're looking for and to do?

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