Steps // How to Make Leaf-Shaped Pavers
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Prep the Leaves

 
Step One // How to Make Leaf-Shaped Pavers

Prep the Leaves

prepping a leaf for a concrete paver mold
Photo by Friedrich Strauss/Gap Photos

You’ll need a large work area to sand-cast the leaves in batches.

Place each leaf you’re casting facedown. Using a paintbrush and some cooking oil, coat the underside, as shown. This will help you remove the leaf from the concrete casting later on.

 
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Build the Base

 
Step Two // How to Make Leaf-Shaped Pavers

Build the Base

building the leaf-shaped walkway paver base
Photo by Friedrich Strauss/Gap Photos

On a flat work surface, form a roughly 1-inch-thick bed of sand for each casting that is slightly larger than the leaf’s perimeter. Spray the sand with water to help it keep its shape.

 
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Pack with Concrete

 
Step Three // How to Make Leaf-Shaped Pavers

Pack with Concrete

packing the concrete on a leaf to create the walkway paver mold
Photo by Friedrich Strauss/Gap Photos

Lay each leaf facedown on the sand, and mix up the concrete. Using a flat trowel, cover the leaf with an even layer of concrete at least 2 inches thick, extending the mixture to its edges and pressing the leaf into the sand, as shown. Use the trowel to neaten the outline and flatten the surface. Let the concrete cure for at least 24 hours.

 
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Peel and Reveal

 
Step Four // How to Make Leaf-Shaped Pavers

Peel and Reveal

peeling away the leaf to reveal the leaf pattern on the concrete walkway paver
Photo by Friedrich Strauss/Gap Photos

Flip over each casting and peel off the leaf, starting at the thick stem end. Use a wire brush to smooth out any rough spots in the concrete and remove any stubborn bits of leaf left behind.

 
 

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