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9 Inspiring DIY Garden Path Ideas

Originally contributed by • last updated 3/30/2021

Alyssa Mae

No garden is complete without at least a little path or walkway leading you through the outdoor space.

Pathways are great because they help you traverse what would otherwise be somewhat tricky or dirty terrain, all while adding to the garden's overall aesthetic.

Depending on what kind of materials you use and the layout you go for, you can really make a statement in your garden with a well-thought-out and designed path.

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Take a look at these incredible garden paths that are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

If you’re looking to put a new walkway into your garden or just love the way paths look, you won’t want to miss out on these inspiring designs.


Picturesque Garden Path


Sometimes, the nicest-looking pathways are the ones that don’t look entirely intentional.

Take this one, where the stones were placed a little haphazardly, rather than in a uniform manner. The way surrounding flowers and shrubs interact with the stones feels a bit more natural and less deliberate. 

This is the ultimate landscaping scheme for anyone who loves a bit of organized chaos or who tends to stray away from perfectly manicured gardens. 

Of course, you’re still going to have some gravel between the stones to make sure weeds don’t grow through, and everything doesn’t get too out of hand.

There’s a fine line between organized chaos and a mess, and defining that line can determine how good your yard will look.


Pallet Wood Path

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Wooden planks are definitely a garden staple. And considering the amount of wood it takes to build a fence or a wooden deck, that stuff may be everywhere in your yard already.

A great way to tie all that wood together is by adding it to your pathways, as well.

There are many different ways to get wood for your garden path, but one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to do so is by obtaining and deconstructing old shipping pallets.

Pallet wood is immensely versatile, and a little can go a long way.

You’d be surprised at how much wood you can salvage from a pallet or two!


Stone Stair Steps


Who can resist a stone slab pathway in a beautifully lush garden?

And if that garden needs steps, even better!

After all, stones are a part of nature, and they look right at home next to all the different flowers, shrubs, and other plants a garden may have to offer.

These steps look even more organic with the addition of ground cover plants that have been placed in between them, obscuring the less natural elements and making the whole thing look a lot less like a fabricated staircase.


Pebble River Pathway

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If you want to keep moss and weeds to a minimum but don’t love the look of gravel, you may prefer pebbles instead.

Pebbles are a lot larger and smoother than gravel, so you don’t have to worry as much about getting them stuck under your shoes or tracking them back into the house.

And when paired with stone steps and a little wooden bridge like in this particular pathway, they look just like some sort of rock river.

It’s definitely more practical than having an actual river run through your garden because, as nice as that sounds, it could be prone to flooding or attract too many unwanted critters.

There’s something that’s just so calming and relaxing about this whole setup.


Tree Stump Garden Path

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If you want your garden pathway to be unique while also looking as natural as possible, then there’s a perfect material you could use: tree stumps.

Cutting tree stumps and branches into disks that are a couple of inches thick make for wonderful pathway steps.

Because you literally can’t get any more natural than an actual tree, this is probably the best option for a whimsical, nature-inspired garden paradise.

Using stumps of different sizes can establish an alluring mosaic look, too.

You’ll probably want to treat the stumps, though, so that you don’t have to worry about them rotting or anything like that.


Modern Walkway

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If you prefer the clean, manicured, geometric look to something a bit more rugged or natural, then you'll probably enjoy square or rectangular stone steps in uniform lines.

A great example of this concept are the pavers featured in this garden pathway.

Even spacing, tall planters, and the contrast between the dark stone steps and the light, tiny pebbles, give this path a modern, upscale look, making it perfect for those of us who love it when things look a little more refined.

It doesn't look as natural as the other pathways on this list, but who can resist this path's clean, sophisticated look!


Stone And Pebble Pathway

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If you prefer something leaning a bit more toward uniform but without all the straight lines of something more modern-looking, then you may enjoy this steppingstone pathway.

The reddish-orangish steppingstones, light gray pebbles, and white border stones all lend to a very deliberate, very uniform pattern that also has a sense of unpredictability.

Using three different colors is a bit of a risk, but it pays off for sure, creating something that’s consistent but still visually interesting.

Pairing back on the number of plants in the border gardens helps to complete that look — so long as it can stay weed-free.


Spiral Pathway

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Using stones to create different patterns within a garden pathway is an excellent way to show off some personality.

The swirls and circular patterns scattered among the irregular polygonal-shaped steppingstones give the entire path an air of whimsy and fun.

All of the different shades of reds, yellows, oranges, and browns come together harmoniously, almost surprisingly so.

Something like this will definitely take a lot more work than setting down some rectangular stones with pebbles in between each step, but it's well worth the effort if it produces something this amazing!


Interlock And Plant Path


Interlock is, of course, a classic when it comes to garden patios and pathways. And while it’s simple enough to install in uniform patterns, there’s no reason why you can’t spice it up a little.

Using a combination of interlocking pavers and natural stones, you can make marvellous and unique patterns that look gorgeous as a pathway.

This path takes it a bit further by actually having scattered plants in-between the different parts of the pathway. It’s like taking the garden and putting it in the path.

You may want to watch your step when traversing a walkway like this, though!