One of the most important design elements in a garden is structure. It’s easy (ok, it is a little bit of work!) to add structure by adding paths and garden walkways. They give the eye a place to rest, follow, and let you lead visitors throughout the garden. Classic DIY garden walkway ideas & projects can be done in a weekend, and can seriously up the anty on any garden design. Even adding a simple DIY pathway from the street to the front door adds value. You can direct the garden wanderings or keep visitors out of special areas. Also, garden walkways can lead the eye to the important focal points and recreation areas of your yard.

We’ve done a few posts on casual garden paths, but it was time to make sure you all had the classic options as well. Try out these projects to give your garden a smart framework and foundation.

7 Classic DIY Garden Walkway Projects

Learn how to lay a paver or flagstone walkway from ‘BHG‘… instructions for three different options of garden pathway.


Paint Speckled Paw Prints‘ transformed their existing “paver in the grass” garden walkway into one laid into rock for easier mowing. Make sure you scroll down to the end of their post and see the photo of the front yard with the finished garden path. Big improvement! I would have chosen a different rock, but I’m probably biased against red lava rock. Maybe I saw too much in my youth in California!


Another idea of the same type of project with a different mulching material between the pavers! This DIY garden walkway idea is by Danielle from ‘Life Be Green‘…


Find out how to lay a slate walkway from ‘Young House Love‘. This one looks so high end!


Learn how to lay a brick path, from ‘This Old House‘. This is a great DIY garden walkway project for a more traditional home.


Also from ‘This Old House‘, how to lay a gravel path. I would use this material for a more casual home, but remember to choose gravel that compacts together for easy walking. Round pea gravel is not easy to walk in! This is a cheap garden path idea as well.


And number 7 is how to build a concrete walkway, by ‘Family Handyman‘… This is the most permanent solution, so make sure of your placement before you take this one on. Good luck with adding a DIY garden walkway to your garden!


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  1. Joe Amaral April 7, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Thee are great just bought a new house and about to start some landscaping on our property, and there is nothing better than clean paths through neatly trimmed vegetation.

  2. Maggie Genius February 26, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Has anyone used Milliken Concrete Cloth?
    It is a fabric with concrete. It can be molded into shapes. They do bulk industrial rolls and small rolls two people can carry. It has numerous applications around the yard and comes in several thicknesses. I’m interested in using it instead of black plastic liner. You cut to shape, lie on dirt, then apply water-lots of water. The water turns the fabric to concrete. Add your pebbles or mulch and stepping stones after the concrete is dry and you should never see a weed. Why haven’t we heard of this before!! Can make planters, apply to sliding dirt, make walls, etc.

    1. Mary Anne July 27, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      This cloth sounds great! I just emailed Milliken for more info. I would love it for a small walkway area behind my pool that would primarily be used when cleaning the pool. It’s just a muddy area between the pool and a planting bed – I don’t want grass because it’s difficult to mow. This could be the answer!!

  3. Lesley February 3, 2016 at 4:50 am

    how do you get rid of water logging, garden really bad can’t lay anything ? x

  4. carol August 30, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    for 45 years I have used carpet under all my mulch. the rain goes thru it but no weeds and its free from carpet stores just raid their dumpster not pad real carpet…

    1. Barbie October 30, 2015 at 6:27 am

      Wow really?! Does it not smell reek of mildew from getting wet? I’m intrigued!

      1. Tom Harais, Vallejo, CA December 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm

        Actually, I pulled up old carpet at my old house that reeked of cat urine….my cat got old and started having issues. :-( I had cut it into two foot wide strips and rolled and tied it up, feeding a couple per week into the trash bin rather than paying hefty dump fees to haul it all off at once.

        Well, the rains came and I figured the remaining carpeting would turn into a moldy, mushy mess. But, lo and behold, the rains actually cleaned those rolls and took away the cat urine and smell.

        Go figure.

  5. Ron Willis May 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Do you lay the weed barrier 1st then the sand and then the patio block, that’s what I was
    told by a landscape personal, just curious??

    Thank you.

    1. Kathy Woodard June 9, 2015 at 9:37 am


  6. Frank Well May 29, 2015 at 4:06 am

    I like tho copy the second sample and I will also add landscape lights.. Walkways adds beauty in the garden.

  7. Sharon Maley May 27, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Black landscape fabric over sand lasted one year and the weeds are growing in the spaces that were filled with sand also!

    1. Kathy Woodard June 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

      It seems like landscape fabric varies in quality just like everything else… You can try a spray called “Ground Clear” if you don’t plan on planting any plants in the walkway… It keeps anything from growing for over a year.

  8. jean April 27, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    what do you put on the brick to make it shine?

    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Any kind of sealer suitable for masonry, like Thompsons water seal will give it a little “shine” though not like a gloss. Hope that helps!

  9. Rahul April 13, 2015 at 4:05 am

    The walkways looks great. Specially the first one. But the main issue is as Lois put here, how do we “permanently” keep the weeds away. Weed spray only works when we spray it, but will come back some time later.

  10. Nancy April 12, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Can you please tell me what kind of stepper is used in that very dark grey? I have been looking everywhere for something exactly like it.

    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Hi Nancy,
      That photo is by Danielle for ‘Life Be Green”, she lives in Seattle… It seems like different areas of the country have different supplies available to them! If you can’t find this darker grey, you could use a concrete stain on plain steppers! Good luck!

  11. Lois April 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    How do you keep the weeds out of the paths that you lay in
    dirt or gravel.

    1. Kathy Woodard April 10, 2015 at 8:13 am

      We either use a landscape fabric underneath, or a weed spray…

        1. Kathy Woodard June 9, 2015 at 10:54 am

          Interesting opinion! I suppose everything has it’s limitations!

      1. Ferdi November 3, 2016 at 11:42 pm

        Very nice

    2. Joe June 25, 2015 at 1:42 am

      Preen helps. Mulch helps more. Neither is a complete solution. The only way I’ve found that actually works to keep weeds out is to pull them when they appear. I take a five or ten minute walk through my gardens every day and yank out anything that doesn’t belong as soon as it sprouts. I call it weed patrol. And forget weed block fabric or even worse, black plastic. Eventually the weeds grow anyway and it’s a nightmare to remove. Weed patrol. Every day.

  12. pcos baby March 28, 2015 at 12:47 am

    I like the slate walkway!!

  13. mari September 20, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Great ideas…


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