Pavers from molds. These stones ― featuring detailed, bas-relief sculptures of irises, tulips, and calla lilies ― are cast of concrete in manufactured molds. A simpler mold is also available.
The molds produce 15- by 15- by 1½-inch pavers; one 60-pound bag of concrete will make two. For colored pavers, add powdered or liquid pigment to the concrete mix. The molds are available from the Florastone Collection ($19.95; 800/935-6722).
We tested the molds and have the following tips.
• Cover the mold interior with silicone spray to make removal of the paver easier.
• Create a slightly soupy concrete mix to get maximum detail from the mold.
• Use a paintbrush to coat the mold with a ½-inch-thick layer of cement before filling the rest of the mold body.