DIY ~ Steps on the CHEAP!!
If you’ve ever priced steps for a yard treatment, let me tell you! They’re not cheap. We’re talking hundreds in some cases. And for the size I wanted, well……..I don’t think so. But, I still wanted them. So I came home and talked to my husband and asked him, “is there any way you can make us some concrete steps for out there?” And when I told him how expensive they were to buy he quickly said “SURE, honey.” And, he did.
I now have 4 great concrete steps on a sloped corner that continues to be a thorn in my gardening side. They function aesthetically as well as purposefully. I don’t have the plants in yet to soften the look, but very soon.
I’ll let my husband tell you what he did. I wish I’d taken pictures of the process, but I didn’t. I do have a pic of the finished product, except for the plants that is.
- Make a form out of 2 x 6’s (for whatever size step you want)
- I nailed the form to a piece of plywood so the concrete wouldn’t run out on the garage floor, which I’d covered with a tarp.
- I put some 6-7” rocks (large enough to suspend a grid [see next step] to the middle of the form).
- I made a grid with ½” re-bar and laid on top of the rocks to help make the concrete stronger.
- In a wheel barrow I mixed up enough pre-bagged concrete mix to fill the form. I used 3, 80 lb bags of mix for a 5 ½” thick x 35” long x 23” deep step. These are heavy suckers!
- I colored the concrete with concrete dye (can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes).
- I poured the concrete in the form tamping well with a rod, or stick, or whatever works.
- Finish the top of concrete as desired. We used leaves and some salt to “pock” the finish.
- Let dry for 2-3 days, depending upon the outside temperature. Don’t leave for too long or the form won’t come off.
- I carefully knocked the forms off to release the steps.
- I allowed them to cure another couple of days so they wouldn’t break when I moved them.
- It was some work but only cost about $30 compared to A REAL LOT!! And wife was happy…priceless!