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Building a Decorative Stone Wall

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building a decorative stone wall.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

square-tipped shovel
level
hammer
safety goggles
rubber mallet
measuring tape
water-based spray paint
stone

Step 3: Prep the Area

Accent your outdoor living space with a low stone wall.

Start by measuring biggest stones and outlining position of wall with water-based spray paint.

Cut edges of outline with square-tipped shovel.

Tip: Depth should be half the thickness of the stone.

Shovel out base and level it.

Step 4: Lay the First Row of Stones

Use largest stones for first row.

Tap stones with rubber mallet to set firmly.

Check row for level.

Use small pieces of stone to shim row to level.

Step 5: Lay the Second Row of Stones

Lay second row of stone on top of first.

Tip: Make sure joints in rows do not align. Joints in second and subsequent rows should be staggered as much as possible.

Make sure the second row is also level and stable.

Step 6: Fill Gaps and Finish the Wall

Use small pieces of stone to fill gaps. Break stones with hammer to create small pieces, if necessary.

Continue adding rows in same way until wall is approximately 14 inches tall.

Stack low posts at ends of wall and top with flagstone.

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