How to Make Concrete in Minecraft (and Concrete Powder)

May 11, 2021

How to Make Concrete in Minecraft.

Concrete is a solid block, which is extremely useful for building within Minecraft. It is a sturdy material, which is not flammable, and it offers greater hardness than stone and various other blocks. As it is also available in all 16 regular dye colours, it is a good material to use for decorating a building or adding colour to a structure too.

Given its useful properties and versatility, you may wish to acquire a lot of concrete and it is best to have a variety of colour options as well. However, concrete cannot be found in the environment and must instead be created. In this article, we explore how to make concrete in Minecraft, so you are never short of the material.

Understanding How Concrete is Made in Minecraft.

First, it is important to get to grips with precisely how concrete blocks are formed in Minecraft. Put simply, this occurs when concrete powder comes into contact with either a water source block or a flowing block of water. Essentially, this means that to create concrete in Minecraft, you need both concrete powder and a water source.

It is also crucial to highlight that concrete cannot be formed through contact with some types of water in the game, including water bottles, cauldrons and the rain, so you will need to bear this in mind.

Concrete requires a pickaxe for mining. If it is mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing.

How to Make Concrete Powder in Minecraft.

As previously stated, the first step towards making concrete in Minecraft is to obtain concrete powder. You can craft concrete powder, as long as you have the necessary materials, which are: four sand blocks, four gravel blocks and the dye colour of your choice. Once you have these, follow these simple steps:

1. Open the crafting menu.

2. Using the grid, combine the four sand block, four gravel blocks and one dye of your choice. These items can be inserted into the grid in any order and you will still get the same outcome.

3. Complete the crafting process to receive your concrete powder block. The resulting concrete powder block will be the same colour as the dye you used during the crafting process.

How to make concrete in Minecraft
How to make concrete powder in Minecraft: Place gravel, sand and dye in the Crafting Menu, as shown.

How to Make Concrete in Minecraft.

How do I turning Concrete Powder into Concrete in Minecraft?

Once you have concrete powder, the next step is to turn it into concrete and this requires the concrete powder to come into contact with water. More specifically, it must come into contact with flowing water, or a source block. The basic process for turning concrete powder into concrete blocks is as follows:

How to Make Concrete in Minecraft:

1. Create the concrete powder, as explained in the section above.

2. Place the concrete powder into or next to flowing water, or a water source block. If you drop a concrete powder block into water, it will solidify on contact. You can also place the concrete powder block where you want it and then use a bucket of water on the block to turn it into concrete.

3. The resulting concrete block will be the same colour that the concrete powder block was.

how to make concrete in minecraft
How to make concrete in Minecraft from Concrete Powder: Place the concrete powder next to a water source, or pour water on the concrete powder. The block will solidify, and show as less ‘grainy’.

TIP 1: You can just put the concrete powder, where you need it on a structure or build, then turn it into concrete with water  at a later stage.
TIP 2: You can ‘pillar up’ using the concrete powder, then use a bucket of water at the top, and then simply break it from the top down.
TIP 3: In the JAVA Version: Hold the concrete powder in your left hand, then hold both mouse buttons at once. This will place the block with your left hand and you can mine it with the right hand. Holding buttons down will automatically repeat the process.

How to Make Concrete in Minecraft – Full Video.

For a step-by-step guide to making concrete in Minecraft, please watch this video. Though, its worth noting that it is no longer necessary to place items in the crafting menu exactly like in the video.

How to turn Concrete Powder into Concrete in Minecraft – Fast Version.

Watch this video for a fast method to mine lots of Concrete, fast.


How to Make White Concrete in Minecraft.

At this stage, it is worth looking a little closer into how you can make concrete blocks that are the specific colour you are looking for. To make this a little easier, the following steps will talk you through how to make white concrete in Minecraft and the first step is to obtain white dye.

White dye can be obtained through the crafting menu and is as simple as adding either one bone meal or one lily of the valley to the grid. You should then make sure you move the white dye to your inventory. From there, you can then use this as part of the crafting process for creating concrete powder. This is done in the following way:

1. Open the crafting menu.

2. Add four sand blocks, four gravel blocks and the white dye to the grid. These items can be added in any of the squares and in any order, so you do not need to worry about correct placement.

3. Once you have the concrete powder, bring it into contact with water to solidify it as white concrete.

how to make white concrete powder in minecraft
The Minecraft White Concrete recipte: Place gravel sand and white dye as shown on the image.

How to Make Black Concrete in Minecraft.

Minecraft crafting recipe for black concrete powder:

  1. In the crafting menu,  to make black concrete powder, psimply lace 4 sand, 4 gravel and 1 black dye in the 3×3 crafting grid.
  2. It is important that the sand, gravel and black dye are placed in this pattern.
  3. In the first row: 1 black dye in the first box, 1 sand in the second box, and 1 sand in the third box.
  4. In the second row, place 1 sand in the first box, 1 sand in the second box, plus 1 gravel in the third box.
  5. In the third row, place 3 gravel.
  6. Once you have the black concrete powder, bring it into contact with water to solidify it as black concrete.

TIP:  You can use red sand instead of sand, to make black concrete powder in many versions of Minecraft, but you can still not use red sand in PC/Mac.

how to make black concrete powder in minecraft
The Minecraft Black Concrete Powder recipe: Place gravel, dand and black dye in the crafting menu.

How to Make Other Concrete Colours.

You can make concrete blocks in a variety of other colours too, including these Concrete Dye options:

  • Red concrete Minecraft Recipe.
  • Orange Minecraft Recipe.
  • Yellow Minecraft Recipe.
  • Green Minecraft Recipe.
  • Lime Minecraft Recipe.
  • Cyan Minecraft Recipe.
  • Light blue Minecraft Recipe.
  • Blue Minecraft Recipe.
  • Purple Minecraft Recipe.
  • Magenta Minecraft Recipe.
  • Pink Minecraft Recipe.
  • Brown Minecraft Recipe.
  • Black Minecraft Recipe.
  • Grey Minecraft Recipe.
  • Light grey Minecraft Recipe.
  • White Minecraft Recipe.

For recipes, see the dye chart below.

Dye can be obtained via crafting, smelting, or trading. The main thing to remember each time is you will need to use the appropriate dye when crafting the initial concrete powder. After you have this, you will then turn into concrete by using water.

Dyes can be obtained in a variety of ways, including through crafting and smelting. You may need to look up the precise process for creating each dye colour. Alternatively, some dyes can also be obtained from wandering traders.

Once you have the dye colour you are looking for, use it, along with four gravel blocks and four sand blocks, in order to create your concrete powder. Then, simply bring this into contact with water to create concrete.

minecraft concrete dye color chart
How to craft all the Concrete Powder colors in Minecraft.

In the Minecraft Bedrock Edition, concrete uses the following data values:

minecraft concrete colors
This are all the various concrete colors, you can craft in Minecraft.

How to Obtain Concrete Through the /Give Command.

Finally, if you are playing the Java Edition of Minecraft, the /give command is supported in versions 1.13 through to 1.17. The command to enter is as follows:

/give @p [color]_concrete 1

The [color] section of the command string should be replaced by the colour of concrete you are looking to obtain.

So, for example, /give @p white_concrete 1 would give you one block of white concrete, while /give @p black_concrete 1 would give you one block of black concrete, and so on.

Final Thoughts.

Concrete is one of the most versatile and useful solid blocks in Minecraft and learning how to make it can be essential for building. Fortunately, the process for actually creating concrete is relatively simple and the use of dye within the crafting process also allows you to easily produce different coloured blocks.

Creating concrete in the game requires you to first make concrete powder and this can be done using your chosen dye, four gravel blocks and four sand blocks. From there, simply bring the powder into contact with water to make concrete.

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