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Make a Paver Rug

This weekend project uses an array of basic hardscaping materials to bring character and firm footing to a garden.
  • Photography by Jacob Fox

    The Mosaic Technique

    This "rug" of pavers and stones is based on historic mosaic techniques. Ancient Romans developed pebble mosaic to create intricate courtyard floors and decorative paths. Classic pebble-and-paver mosaics typically feature geometric patterns. Craft your own design or follow our scheme to make a small paver pad ideal for a seating area, birdbath, or focal point in a garden. Before beginning, sketch your idea on paper and then lay out the larger pieces within a chalk outline on a driveway or garage floor.

    We laid a 46-inch-square rug and planned accordingly for the materials needed. The building blocks are among the same hardscaping materials commonly used to make paths, patios, or garden edging. Bricks, crescent pavers, and gravel are widely available from home improvement stores. To tie the project into its surrounding, use materials left over from a landscaping project.

     

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017
  • Photography by Jacob Fox

    Materials for a Paver Rug

    0  Tape measure

    0  Stakes

    0  String

    0  Shovel

    0  Crushed gravel

    0  Coarse sand

    0  Bricks and half bricks

    0  Square cobbles 

    0  Square and crescent pavers

    0  Green and ivory beach pebbles

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017
  • Measure and Dig

    Measure the site for your rug. Use stakes and string to mark guidelines for the excavation. Dig out the area to a depth of 6–8 inches, depending on your climate. To create a well-draining base for the rug, pour in a layer of gravel then a layer of sand, mounding it towardsthe center—slightly and gradually—to facilitate drainage. For our 46-inch square rug, we cleared a 50×50-inch area, removing sod and soil to a depth of 8 inches.

    In a cold-climate region where freeze-thaw cycles can cause hardscape materials to shift and heave, a well-draining base requires a 4-inch-deep layer of crushed gravel topped with a 2-inch-deep layer of sand. In warmer climates, lay a 4-inch-deep base: 2 inches of crushed gravel plus 2 inches of sand. Allow enough depth to accommodate the bricks or pavers you use, keeping in mind that the rug will settle an inch or so over time. Avoid building the rug so high that it causes a stumbling hazard.

     

     

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017
  • Photography by Jacob Fox

    Lay Framing Pavers

    Roughly lay out the largest pieces to make sure the components will fit well. Remeasure the perimeter and determine whether any additional materials are needed. Lay the rug’s frame, fitting the pieces snugly in place. We used bricks and square cobbles for the perimeter, half bricks and square pavers for the interior frame. 

     

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017
  • Set Crescent Pavers

    Set the crescent pavers in place. Add a layer of gravel around their perimeter where the beach pebbles will be placed. The gravel will bring the pebbles up to the same level as the rest of the rug’s components.

     

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017
  • Photography by Jacob Fox

    Fill with Large Pebbles

    Finish laying the rug by filling in with beach pebbles. Stand the stones on their sides and fit them together as tightly as possible. This step requires some patience and puzzle-solving. If you wish, fill any gaps with tiny pebbles, pea gravel, or sand to help hold the larger pebbles in place.

     

    Date Published: April 10, 2017
    Date Updated: April 10, 2017

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