19 DIY Garden Path Ideas With Tutorials

Take inspiration from the 19 DIY Garden Path Ideas available here with the step by step tutorials to make yourself one.

A well-planned garden path not only makes traversing through the garden easier but also accentuate the beauty. Here are some easy DIY Garden Path Ideas that you can follow.

1. Gravel Path

A gravel path is one of the most basic DIY garden path ideas you can do. It’s cheap and affordable and easy to do as you don’t have to dig very deep to achieve what you want. Learn how to lay a budget friendly gravel path here!

2. Stone Edged Gravel Path

Enhance your basic gravel path by adding brick-shaped stones on each side of the path. This idea allows you to accentuate the edges of the path to give it more dimension and feel. This also gently tells the people on the path, to stay on it. Click here to see the tutorial.

3. Stone Path

Stone paths are ideal if you want to add more naturalness to your garden. They come in different sizes and texture, and so each stone is unique. Stones also stand the test of time and can age beautifully and are great in any garden. Click here and here to see the DIY!

4. Paver Path

Another cool DIY garden path idea is to make use of Pavers. These are usually cut stone in the shape of rectangular bricks and lined up and placed tightly together. They can be incredibly durable and can withstand heavy abuse even. Depending on the side of your pathway, you can create magnificent designs just by how you place the bricks. Visit the DIY Village to learn more!

5. Wooden Step Path

Here’s a twist to your regular gravel path. The wooden step path, for this you’ll need to add wooden planks every so often along the gravel path. It adds rustic appeal and levels to your path and may be perfect for gardens with an uneven land. We found this here!

6. Wooden Boardwalk

A wooden boardwalk will work with any garden or lawn. You can even use it as a pathway from the street to your house. This is also pretty good for sloping lawns or gardens and durable even in wet areas to some extent. Click here to see the DIY tutorial.

7. Paver and Pebble Garden Path

For this, you need to use Paver stones and pebbles (or you can use gravel if you wish). Unlike a traditional paver stone path, this kind of path uses square or tile-like stones, flagstones. Place them evenly spaced apart along the path. After that fill the gaps with pebbles. To make the stones pop, it is best to use a different shade of stone from the pebbles. Visit The Home Depot to see the step by step tutorial.

8. Flagstone Path

Flagstone is an ideal stone material to be used for garden or lawn paths. It usually comes in a reddish or orange-ish color that blends well in the dry climate and sunny areas and complements the greenery. Use a variety of sizes for the flagstones and cement them like a jigsaw puzzle. Use gravels to fill in the gaps. Visit Sunset to see the tutorial!

9. Mulch and Stone Path

This garden path idea is fairly easy to do as it doesn’t require much digging on your part. There are edging materials that you can purchase; they just need to be laid out along your desired path. Once you have a path in place, place any flat stone in your desired layout and spacing then cover the rest of the gaps with mulch. It’s fairly easy to do and does not take a lot of time.

10. Planted Path

This is similar to a regular garden path. However, this path doesn’t require a firm base, which makes the steps easier. Also no need to place edging as you will use plants to cover the gaps between the stones. You can use flat surface stones (for example, flagstones) of different sizes. Place them evenly along your path. You will need to dig a bit to get the stones firmly planted in. In the gaps between the stones, grow grass or ground cover plants. See more of it here!

11. Pallet Walkway

This garden path idea uses wood pallets placed one after the other, though leaving a small space in between. To do this, you’ll need to firmly place the wooden pallets along the desired path. The gap also allows the plants to grow in between to create a more earthy feel for the path or walkway. Learn more about this lovely garden path idea here!

12. Stone Step Path

This garden pathway is little complicated to make but perfect for sloping lawns and gardens as it uses natural stone as steps in a staircase path. This pathway uses flagstones as steps and stone risers to create the next level of each step. Learn more here.

13. Brick Pathway

Bricks are another material that can be used for creating amazing garden pathways. You can play with the patterns as well. One of its kind of tutorial is here.

14. Concrete Walkway with Brick Edging

Concrete walkways are probably the most common walkways for a garden or lawn. However, they look dull and boring, to add a bit of color and pattern edging the walkway with bricks is a good idea. Visit the Family Handyman to learn more.

15. Wood Chips

Another variation to your gravel path or your stone and gravel path is wooden chips. Wood chips can replace your standard gravel or pebbles along your path and works even with stepping stones. Though wooden chips are soft, they are actually solid enough to handle heavy foot traffic or even the use of a wheelbarrow. Click here and here to see the tutorials.

16. Stone Walkway (Cobblestone effect)

So far we’ve talked about several stone pathways, but this one mimics the look and feel of a cobblestone path. This may take a lot more effort to do, but this is definitely a great alternative to stepping stones and will give you a different kind of feel once completed. Visit Instructables to see the idea!

17. Pebble Mosaic Pathway

This one is different. With the use of different colored pebbles, you can create mosaic patterns which will definitely attract the eyes of anyone using the path. It definitely adds character to any garden or lawn, and be assured that you’ll be the talk of the town after completing it. Click here to see the how-to!

18. Wood Slice Walkway

Wood logs are not that useful or maybe not; you can create a garden path out of them. See the tutorial here.

19. Granite Pathway

If you are looking for a unique way to make a walkway or pathway that leads to your front door, this DIY idea at Remove and Replace is perfect for you. They use leftover granite and common pavers to make this path.


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Take inspiration from the 19 DIY Garden Path Ideas available here with the step by step tutorials to make yourself one.



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