Making your own cement bricks for home design projects can be rewarding and save you money. You can use cement bricks to decorate your walkways, driveways and walls. There are many different shapes and sizes of cement brick moulds, which means the brick design possibilities are nearly endless. Cement is a component of concrete and it functions as a gluing agent that holds the brick's other components together; however, you can also use cement on its own to make bricks. All you need is to mix cement with water to create long-lasting cement bricks.
Spray the walls of the cement brick mould with a mould release spray. Molds are either made of plastic or wood and you need to spray them to prevent bricks sticking to their walls. The mould release agent will help you remove the cement bricks from the mould without damaging it. Apply only a barely visible thin layer of coating. If you leave excess agent on the wall, it may create bubbles on the brick's surface.
Wipe off the excess release agent from the mould using a dry cloth.
Mix two scoops of cement with a half-scoop of water. Stir it until you get a toothpaste-thickness mixture. Add additional water if needed.
Scoop the cement mixture into the mould shapes. Fill up the mould to the top to make bricks.
Bounce the mould up and down to help the cement settle in all corners of the mould. Wait 48 hours for the cement to dry. Turn the mould over to drop the brick out.
Mix paint into the cement to colour the bricks.
Tips and warnings
- Mix paint into the cement to colour the bricks.