How to Build Circular Concrete Steps

Written by kevin mclain
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Circular concrete steps are better known as round concrete pavers. Round concrete pavers can be used for all types of landscaping projects, such as walkways, pathways, patios and other decorative projects requiring round concrete pavers. A round paver is used in these projects as decorative steps. Creating your own round concrete pavers can be more cost-efficient compared to buying the pavers at full retail price. The cost will depend on the quality of the material and, if you so choose, the colour of the pavers.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 5-Gallon buckets
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • Hacksaw
  • Landscaping plastic
  • Cooking spray
  • Concrete
  • Water
  • Wheel barrow
  • Straight edge

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  1. 1

    Obtain a clean 5-gallon bucket. You will use the bucket to build the forms for the round concrete pavers.

  2. 2

    Cut off the top part of the 5-gallon bucket with a hacksaw. Be sure to cut the top part of the bucket off directly below the raised edges. After removing the top part of the bucket, the newly cut area of the bucket should be straight and smooth.

  3. 3

    Determine the depth that you want the round concrete paver steps to be by measuring the desired depth distance from the top part of the bucket and making a mark with a marker. Measure down the same distance from another area of the bucket to the same depth distance and make another mark with the marker. In all, make at least four depth measurements and four marks.

  4. 4

    Draw a line across the desired depth marks all the way around the bucket with the marker to create a straight line. Use the hacksaw to cut across the straight line until the bucket is completely sawn in half. Separate the two pieces of the bucket and discard the bottom piece of the bucket. You will now have a form that has a uniform size and depth all the way around it.

  5. 5

    Spread out a section of landscaping plastic on the ground big enough to hold the desired amount of round concrete pavers. Place the round paver form on top of the plastic.

  6. 6

    Mix together a batch of concrete and water inside of a wheel barrow exactly as described by the concrete manufacturer's recommendations on the packaging. Stir the concrete and water mixture together with a shovel. Once the concrete has reached the proper thickness, spray the entire inside of the mould with cooking spray to prevent the concrete from sticking to the form.

  7. 7

    Scoop up a load of the concrete with a shovel and pour the concrete into the form. Add enough concrete to the form until the concrete is level with the top. Drag a straight edge across the top of the form to remove excess concrete and to level the top of the concrete. Wait for the concrete to harden for the recommended amount of time. Generally 12-24 hours will suffice, depending on the thickness of the concrete.

  8. 8

    Pull the mould off of the round concrete paver once the paver has completely hardened. Use a rubber mallet to tap the sides of the form -- if necessary -- to loosen the form from the concrete paver. Clean the inside of the form with water and repeat the process to create more round concrete paver steps.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use concrete colouring, dyes and stains to create colourful round concrete pavers. Just add the colouring to the concrete mixture.
  • You can also buy pre-made round concrete paver forms at most home and garden stores. If the store does not have the form with the desired depth you are looking for, use the 5-gallon bucket method to create your own form.
  • Do not hit the form with a regular steel hammer. This will crack or bust the concrete paver. Always use a rubber mallet.

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