How to make concrete in Minecraft

Concrete was added to Minecraft in 2017. It doesn’t offer the kind of in-game explosion resistance you would expect. Compared to rocks, it is very low on the list of blocks that offer significant resistance to explosions. However, concrete looks so much better than stone, cobblestone and even smooth stone that many users prefer it for more aesthetically pleasing structures.

Concrete in Minecraft

Concrete does not appear naturally in Minecraft. It is an object that must be made. It uses fairly common blocks by hand, but one of the items needed to make a concrete block is a dye. Concrete cannot be created without staining. The toner determines the color of the block.

Making concrete in Minecraft

Concrete blocks are made in stacks 8. You need;

  • 4 pieces of sand
  • 4 gravel
  • 1 toner of the color you want the block to be


The recipe for concrete is “shapeless”, meaning that the order in which the objects are placed does not matter. You can add sand, gravel, and color in any arrangement in the craft table matrix (see image below).

Concrete paints in Minecraft

Concrete can be made in 16 colors. All you need is color for color. The available colors and their dyes are shown below.

  • Black toner: ink bag (squid) or whiter pink on craft table
  • Blue toner: Lapis Lazuli or spray flower on a craft table
  • Brown toner: cocoa beans on a craft table
  • Cyan dye: Blue dye and green dye or Lapis Lazuli and green dye in the craft table
  • Green toner: bake the cactus in the oven
  • Gray toner: Black toner and white toner or ink bag and white toner on a craft table.
  • Light blue toner: Blue orchid on craft table
  • Light gray toner: Azure Bluet or Oxeye Daisy or White Tulip on the craft table
  • Lime green dye: fry the sea cucumber in the oven
  • Magenta: Purple or Allium, or purple dye and pink dye, or red dye and blue dye and pink dye, or red dye and blue dye and white dye on the craft table
  • Orange dye: Orange tulip on a craft table or combine yellow and red dye on a craft table
  • Pink toner: Peony or pink tulip on a craft table or red and white dye on a craft table
  • Purple toner: Blue dye and red dye or red dye and Lapis Lazuli on the craft table
  • Red toner: Poppy or red tulip, beetroot or rose bush on a craft table
  • White toner: bone meal or ban on a craft table
  • Yellow toner: Dandelion or sunflower on craft table

The concrete should be the same color. You can use white or gray colors if you don’t want anything shiny, but you can’t remove the color from the recipe. Unlike glass, which can be made colorless and tinted later if the user wants, concrete does not have a “colorless” option.

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