Concrete is one of the most versatile building blocks in Minecraft. It can be dyed to any of the available colors in the game to be able to have a wide palette range when building a massive structure or your very own house.
Aside from that, concrete is one of the blocks in the game that cannot be found naturally generated. It can only exist in the game when players place it.
Fortunately, concrete is very easy to craft and make in the game. The base materials are only sand and gravel.
In this short article, we will go through everything you need to know about making and using concrete in Minecraft. Let’s get to it!
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How To Make Concrete In Minecraft
As stated earlier, concrete is a robust and at the same time very vibrant building block that can be used in any Minecraft project to add a splash of any color.
Similar to wool, it is available in all of the colors in the game. But, in contrast, concrete will not burn down to the ground when fire accidents happen while building your project.
Other than that, concrete blocks have a hardness level that is slightly higher than that of regular stone which means that they are mine a little bit slower than usual.
On the hand, however, they also have a lower blast resistance which means that when a creeper blows up near a concrete building, more concrete blocks will be destroyed than when the building material is made from stone.
The following are the steps in making concrete in the game:
Choose Your Dye
First of all, you should decide on what color your concrete will be. Keep in mind all the needed colors in your project before starting it so that you can be prepared with different colored dyes.
Concrete can be dyed using any of the sixteen colors that are available in the game. These colors are namely: red, orange, yellow, green, lime, cyan, light blue, blue, purple, magenta, pink, brown, black, grey, light grey, or white.
Each of these colored dyes can be obtained via smelting specific materials for each color, crafting multiple colors to produce mixed colors, or trading with villagers or wandering traders.
Once you have decided on what color you need your concrete to be, you can now proceed to next step which is to craft the concrete powder.
Craft Concrete Powder
As stated in the introduction, all you need to make concrete are sand and gravel. For every 8 blocks of concrete powder, you will need 4 blocks of sand as well as 4 blocks of gravel along with the dye of your choice.
These items will be placed on the crafting table in no particular order, unlike other craftable items. You can put any of the ingredients anywhere in the 9 slots of the crafting table.
Just remember that you need 4 sand blocks, 4 gravel blocks, and your dye of choice. The image below shows the crafting recipe for concrete powder:
Clicking the concrete powder will finalize the crafting and the concrete powder blocks can then be moved to your inventory. After which, you can now proceed to the final step in making concrete.
Turn The Concrete Powder Into Solid Concrete
Finally, after placing the concrete powder blocks in your inventory, specifically to your hotbar, you can now make concrete.
Right-click the concrete powder to the ground to place and use a water bucket to place a water source beside it. As soon as the concrete powder touches the water, it will harden and become a solid concrete block.
It does not matter if the water that touches the concrete powder block is a source block or flowing water. In parallel to that, you can just place the concrete powder in the nearest body of water such as a nearby lake or river, and watch it transform into a solid block.
However, water from rain, cauldrons, or water bottles will not be able to harden concrete powder into concrete.
Also, the item form of concrete powder blocks will not become concrete block when thrown in water. It should be place on the ground via right-clicking.
Remember that the concrete powder behaves exactly like sand or gravel wherein it obeys the law of gravity and will let itself fall when placed on high ground with only air beneath it.
Nevertheless, once it becomes concrete, it will harden and not fall to the ground when there is nothing below just like any other solid block.
Aside from that, concrete blocks need to be mined with a pickaxe. If not, the block will be destroyed and be lost forever.
This step in the making of concrete blocks in Minecraft might be the most hassle and tiring part of the process.
However, some innovative minds and creative geniuses actually invented a way of transforming concrete powder into concrete quickly. If you are interested, watch the 5-minute video below:
With this, making concrete, especially when playing in a Survival world, can be easily done.
Creative Uses Of Concrete In Minecraft
Listed below are the main uses of concrete in the game:
Since concrete can be dyed with any of the 16 available colors in the game, it is a very powerful building material available for creative geniuses that build massive Minecraft projects.
The image below shows the difference between concrete and wool when placed side by side in comparison:
Paired with the best Minecraft seeds, using concrete became one of the essential building materials in the game, especially when creating futuristic builds or making pixel art.
Here are some of the artworks shared in the online Minecraft community that uses concrete blocks as the main building material:
The images below are Mario & Luigi pixel arts made by u/JackColor:
The image below showcases flooring patterns and some pixel art made by u/stunn22:
On the other hand, concrete powder blocks can also be incorporated into note blocks and redstone music builds. When a note block is placed on top of a concrete powder, the resulting sound produced when you hit the note block is a snare drum sound.
That’s it! We hope that this guide helped in making concrete in different vibrant colors for your own projects in Minecraft, may they be big or small.
Remember that concrete powder blocks can be deadly since they fall to the ground when placed high up. Be sure to not get suffocated and killed by falling concrete powder blocks!
Good luck and have fun!