Our DIY Paver Patio With New Decor

5 Materials
6 Hours

Hi there! We've been busy making stuff happen over here at the 1922 Blue Bungalow! We've moved into our new home!

So we've been here for only a short time, but it was important to us to have a space outside to hang out. This patio happened very unexpectedly. My honey was perusing through FB Market Place one evening and came upon these 16" x 16" patio pavers for $1 each! We couldn't resist it because pavers are expensive yall!


This is how it looked just outside our sun room. Lots of sand that is annoying to walk on and patchy grass.

We built our patio all in one days time. That includes us driving all the way to sellers house, digging the pavers out of the ground, loading them into our trailer and then driving back home to unload and place into a patio that looks like this! Whew!

PREPARING THE SPACE - Clear the grass

My honey used a rake and a hoe to remove all the grass he could before we started. Then we leveled the sand out the best we could using a long 2 x 4 to smooth everything out level.

Lay down a barrior to detour grass and weeds

Then, we made use of lots of our moving boxes. We laid them down to help keep the grass from growing up through the pavers. That's one good use for moving boxes if you ask me!

Laying the pavers

We started on the far left hand side and stayed even with the little step out of the sun room. We slowly, but sure, moved to the right filling in our space.

Sanding the pavers

We had 168 pavers and still have lots left over. We also made a side walk up the side of the house to the gate. After we had all the pavers down, we used sand from our yard to fill in all the cracks.

Setteling the pavers

Lastly we sprinkled the entire patio with water to settle the sand into all the cracks to see if we needed to add more.

The final patio area, less the sidewalk is 13 feet by 13 feet, so quite a large area for us to hang out!


We are thoroughly enjoying our cozy little outside area a lot! It's awesome for coffee sipping in the morning or grilling out in the evenings.

Visit our blog right here to get all the details on the fun decor we added for more of an at home feel!

Thanks for looking!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Richard
    on Aug 16, 2020

    Did you do anything to prevent termites being attracted to the cardboard?

    • RC Leach
      on Sep 6, 2020

      Yes, termites will definitely go for the cardboard. However, they won't do any damage, except to the cardboard, and with or without them, the cardboard is not going to last long. Your only real concern, is to be wary of "mud tubes", from the pavers up the side of your foundation. The termites won't get into your siding, or frame of your house, by walking out in the open, they create the mud, or dirt tubes. if you see any, just destroy them, and relax. The termites in the wall, will just die, and the others may or may not ever try going up the foundation to the wood, if any in the walls. And, don't be concerned about your pavers heaving all over the place, because gravity is pretty effective on them When the cardboard fails, you are not going to notice at all. If you live in a cold region, you may have some frost heaving, which is a lot harder to correct.


  • Angie
    on Aug 20, 2020

    Won't the pavers move if they are just placed on top of cardboard?

    • Ken Erickson
      on Aug 22, 2020

      I would recommend polymeric sand to fill in the cracks and lock all of the pavers together.

  • Susan Scott
    on Aug 20, 2020

    Concerned about ants, termites, etc... being attracted to the cardboard. Also, won't the pavers shift as the cardboard deteriorates?

    • RC Leach
      on Sep 6, 2020

      To prevent shifting, just put a low 1X edging around it. 1X4 or 1X6 is plenty. If you do that, just put a stake in every 3-6 feet, to hold the boards (1X edging) upright, on edge. Be sure to set them in far enough to keep from tripping on them, getting on and off the patio. You did a great job! Also, termites don't exactly come from miles around, because they smell cardboard. They are usually present in the soil when the home is constructed, or they are not.


Join the conversation

4 of 157 comments
  • Gigi
    on Aug 30, 2020

    Great job of saving money and recycling !!!

    most impressive

    you are making your new home yours


    • DeeDee
      on Sep 2, 2020

      Hi Gigi! Yes we are, thank you so much! :)

  • Pamela Midkiff
    on Sep 3, 2020

    Well Done!! Enjoy it and Don't let the negativity get ya down!

    It looks great and I'm sure you guys will get many of memorable moments out there!!

    • DeeDee
      on Sep 4, 2020

      Hi Pamela! Thank you so much, we will! :)

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