How to Make Concrete in Minecraft: The Easiest Ways

Concrete and concrete powder is a vibrant and sturdy building material that will add some color to any Minecraft project. The solid and bright shades of concrete can be useful for decoration as it creates more pronounced colors than terracotta and isn’t flammable like wool or wood.

With a little bit of patience, you can find all of the required ingredients in no time at all. Except for the dye, that will take much longer depending on your location. Regardless of what color concrete block you prefer, its neutral look makes it a very versatile block. 

Before you can use concrete, you need to craft one first. 

Does my Version Support Concrete?

Yes, all versions will allow you to craft concrete in Minecraft, but that wasn’t always the case. Concrete and the primary ingredient of concrete, concrete powder, didn’t come with base Minecraft for all versions and was included 5 and a half years after the game’s initial release. 

Platform  Support (Version Number)
Education Edition Yes (1.12)
Java Edition (PC/Mac) Yes (1.1)
Nintendo Switch Yes (1.03)
Nintendo Wii U Yes (Patch 23)
Pocket Edition (PE) Yes (1.1)
PS3 Yes (1.48)
PS4 Yes (1.49)
Windows 10 Edition Yes (1.1)
Xbox 360 Yes (TU53)
Xbox One Yes (CU43)

The upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will include the current rendition of concrete and concrete powder and all of their color customization options without an update.

When Was Concrete Released on Minecraft?

All platforms use different version numbers to indicate when a patch updates the game in some form, whether by adding content or fixing performance issues. All versions received a major update patch from May 30th to June 19th, including colored dyes. Colored dyes are another essential component in creating concrete, as you need them to set the color for your block.

How to Craft Concrete in Minecraft

Time to gather materials and craft: 5-50 minutes. 

Note: Some dye ingredients are more difficult to find than others. Depending on where you are in the world, it may take up to 50 minutes to find. 

To create concrete in Minecraft, you’ll need one (1) dye of your choice, four (4) blocks of sand, and four (4) blocks of gravel. Once you create the item “concrete powder” with these ingredients, you then need to place one (1) concrete powder down and use one (1) bucket filled with water and pour it on top of the concrete powder. Or, place submerge in water.

Let’s take a look at how you can obtain all of the items necessary to create concrete.

Part 1: Create a Crafting Table

Before you can craft any of the following dyes in Minecraft, you’ll need to create a crafting table. If you already have a crafting table, go to the “Obtain the Dye” section instead. 

How to Find Wood 

You’ll need four (4) pieces of wood plants. You can use any of the following to create the table:

  • 4 Oak Planks
  • 4 Birch Planks
  • 4 Spruce Planks
  • 4 Acacia Planks
  • 4 Jungle Planks
  • 4 Crimson Planks
  • 4 Dark Oak Planks
  • 4 Warped Planks

Birch, spruce, and oak are the most common, and you’ll run into them on your playthrough immediately when you start the game. Mining wood won’t give you wood planks, so you’ll need to craft the wood into wood planks by using the crafting menu.

How to Mine Wood for Wood Planks

One piece of wood creates four (4) wood planks. You may not have an ax to crop down the tree, as you need a crafting table to build a wooden ax, so use your hand to mine it. Ensure you’re facing the tree you want to mine. Then, use the following directions to mine the tree.

  • Education Edition: Left click and hold on the tree.
  • Java Edition (PC/Mac): Left click and hold on the tree.
  • Nintendo Switch: Press and hold the ZR button on the controller.
  • Nintendo Wii U: Press and hold the ZR button on the gamepad.
  • Pocket Edition (PE): Tap and hold on to the tree.
  • Playstation: Press and hold the R2 button on the PS controller.
  • Windows 10 Edition: Left click and hold on the tree.
  • Xbox: Press and hold the RT button on the Xbox controller.

The tree will drop floating items. Simply walk up to those items to pick them up.

How to Craft Wood Planks

To craft a wood plank, you’ll need one piece of wood. To craft a piece of wood, use the 2×2 crafting table on your pause menu. To open up the menu, press X on the Wii U and Nintendo Switch, the triangle button on Playstation consoles, Y on Xbox consoles, and E on the keyboard for Mac, Windows, and PC. Press the ••• icon on phones and tablet devices.

Once there, your inventory will look like this:

Grab the woodblock by left-clicking on the computers and dragging it towards the crafting window. Devices that use controllers can move the D-pad or analog stick to move the cursor on top of the woodblock and select it with A for Nintendo consoles, A for Xbox consoles, or X for Playstation consoles. If you’re using a phone or tablet, use your finger to drag the item.

Now that the one (1) woodblock is in your crafting grid, you can obtain the four (4) wood planks that are on the right side of the window. When finished, your crafting grid should look like this:

Wood Block

Recipe Need to Create a Crafting Table

To create a crafting table, take all four of your newly made blocks and place one in each box. Like with the wood blocks, the crafting table will appear on the right side of the crafting screen and in your player’s hand. When you exit back to the game, it will be in your inventory.

4 Wood Planks

Your character will have the crafting table in their hand automatically. Place it down to use it.

How to Place the Crafting Table Down and Use It

To place any object in the world, you’ll need to put it in your inventory first. In the picture below, your inventory is circled by a yellow bar. If you have nothing in your inventory, it will appear in your character’s hands. Otherwise, you’ll need to manually palace it there yourself.

After placing the crafting table in the lower quadrant, exit the inventory screen by pressing B on Nintendo consoles or Xbox consoles, or circle on the Playstation. Phones and tablet users must select the X button with their fingers. Now, you should be back in the main world.

To put the crafting table down, you’ll need to select an area to place it. On the Overworld screen, use the mouse, D-pad, analog stick, or your finger to position your cursor on the desired spot. Now, place the crafting table down by using the following inputs for your platform.

  • Education Edition: Right-click on the block.
  • Java Edition (PC/Mac): Right-click on the block.
  • Nintendo Switch: Press the ZL button on the controller.
  • Nintendo Wii U: Press the ZR button on the gamepad.
  • Pocket Edition (PE): Tap the block.
  • Playstation: Press the L2 button on the PS controller.
  • Windows 10 Edition: Right-click on the block.
  • Xbox: Press the LT button on the Xbox controller.

Now that you’ve successfully placed the crafting table in the Overworld, you can select it with the button you used to place it down. To pick up the crafting table, mine it with your free hand. The crafting table will appear as a floating object which you can pick up and place down.

The crafting table extends the crafting grid from 2×2 to 3×3, which is required to make concrete.

Now that you have a crafting table, you can move onto creating the dye!

Part 2: Obtain the Dye

There are 16 different dyes in Minecraft, and each can be used to change the color of multiple items in the game, including concrete. Most dyes are produced by either smelting or crafting various flowers, vegetables, animals, food, bones, or jewels. Here’s how to find them all.

Note: You can place any of the dye ingredients in the crafting screen in any order/position.

BOLDED: Bedrock Edition Only

Dye Color Ingredients and Crafting Recipes
White 1 Bone Meal or 1 Lily of the Valley
L. Grey 1 White Tulip or 1 Azure Bluet or 1 Oxeye Daisy or Black Dye + White Dye, Gray Dye + White Dye, or Ink Sac + Bone Meal, or Gray Dye + 2 Bone Meal
Gray Black Dye + White Dye, or Ink Sac + Bone Meal
Black 1 Inc Sac, or 1 Wither Rose
Brown 1 Cocoa Beans
Red 1 Poppy or 1 Red Tulip, or 1 Rose Bush (not Rose), or 1 Beetroot
Orange 1 Orange Tulip, or Red Dye + Yellow Dye
Yellow 1 Dandelion, or 1 Sunflower
Lime Smelting 1 Sea Pickle, or Green Dye + White Dye, or Green Dye + Bone Meal
Green Smelting 1 Cactus 
Cyan Blue Dye + Green Dye, or Lapis Lazuli + Green Dye
Blue 1 Lapis Lazuli, or 1 Cornflower
L. Blue 1 Blue Orchid, or Blue Dye + White Dye, or Lapis Lazuli + Bone Meal
Pink 1 Pink Tulip or 1 Peony, or Red Dye + White Dye, or Red Dye + Bone Meal
Purple Blue Dye + Red Dye, or Lapis Lazuli + Red Dye
Magenta 1 Allium, or 1 Liliac, or Purple Dye + Pink Dye, or 2 Red Dye + Blue Dye + White Dye, or Pink Dye + Red Dye + Blue Dye, or 2 Red Dye + Lapis Lazuli + Bone Meal or Pink Dye + Red Dye + Lapis Lazuli

If you want to know how to obtain each time needed for crafting each dye, read on.

White Dye: Bone Meal or Lily of the Valley

Players can obtain bone meal from slain Skeletons, a common undead hostile mob that’s equipped with a bow. They appear at a light level of 7 or less or in dark caves. 

  • 0-2 bones could drop from a Skeleton after death. The maximum drop is increased by 1 per level of Looting by 0-5 with Looting III. You only need one (1).
  • To make three (3) bone meal at a time, add one (1) bone to a crafting table.


Lily of the Valley is only located in the Flower Forest biome, which is the rarest biome to spawn. You’re better off sticking with bone meal. However, if you do find a Flower Forest biome, it’s guaranteed to contain at least one of each flower in the game, which will help with dyes. All flowers are mined instantly by hand or any item. Harvesting with shears has no benefit.

Bone Meal, Lily of the Valley

Light Gray Dye: Azure Bluet, Oxeye Daisy, White Tulip, and Others

There are plenty of ways to make light gray dye. The Azure Bluet is found in most grassy biomes (besides swamps and taigas), while the Oxeye Daisy is found in the Plains Biomes, Flower Forest Biomes, and all other grassy biomes. The White Tulip, along with tulip colors red, orange, and pink, are rarely found in Plain Biomes but always found in the Flower Forest.

Azure Bluet, Oxeye Daisy, White Tulip

As an alternative, players can make gray dye by crafting two (2) white dye and (1) black dye together to make three (3)  gray dye. You can also craft one (1) gray dye and one (1) white dye to make two (2) grey dye. 

2 White Dye + Black Dye, White Dye + Gray Dye

Bedrock Edition Only: Players can craft one (1) ink sack with two (2) bone meal to make three (3) gray dye or craft one (1) bone meal and one (1) gray dye to make two (2) gray dye.

2 Bone Meal + Ink Sack, Bone Meal + Gray Dye

Gray Dye: Combining Black Dye/Ink Sac with Bone Meal/White Dye

To make gray dye, simply combine one (1) black and one (1) white dye on the crafting table. Players will receive two (2) gray dyes. If you’re unsure how to obtain black dye, read on.

Back Dye +White Dye

Bedrock Edition Only: For Bedrock Edition, you’ll need to combine one (1) ink sack and one (1) bone meal to create two (2) gray dyes. You’ll have to swim for those ink sacks!

Ink Sack + Bone Meal

Black Dye: Ink Sacs or Wither Rose

Black dye can be found on all versions by crafting an ink sack, which is dropped when you kill a squid. Squids are a common passive aquatic mob that spawns in rivers and oceans. They won’t deliberately interact with the player. You can punch them or attach them with an item.

  • 0-2 ink sacks could drop from a squid after death. The maximum drop is increased by 1 per level of Looting by 1-6 with Looting III. You only need one (1).

Ink Sack

An alternative way to make black dye is by crafting Wither Roses, which can only be obtained when a Wither kills a mob. These creatures are very dangerous and can only be summoned by a player. To summon them, you must obtain four (4) soul sand from the Nether, and three (3) wither skeleton skulls which are dropped by wither skeletons, also found in the Nether. 

  • 2.5% chance of the wither skeleton skull dropping from a wither skeleton. The chance of drop can go up by 1% per Looting level, or 2% per Looting level in Bedrock Edition.

To summon a Wither, arrange four soul sand blocks in a capital “T,” and then palace three wither skeleton skulls on the top block. They’ll appear instantly but will stand still to charge their power. Once charged, they start attacking everything in sight. The mob will then drop a Wither Rose.

Getting black dye from a squid is much easier, so we advise you stick to that method.

Wither Rose

Brown Dye: Cocoa Beans

Cocoa beans are difficult to find, so it may take you a while to retrieve them. However, cocoa beans are the only ingredient you can use to make brown dye, so search around the Jungle Biomes in trees. They’re easier to find in Bedrock Edition, as they can be obtained by fishing or trading. When you find the cocoa bean, put it into your crafting table to make brown dye.

Cacao Beans

Red Dye: Red Tulip, Poppy, Rose Bush or Beetroots

Poppies are easy to find as they’re located in all grassy areas. The Red Tulip, along with tulip colors white, pink, and orange are commonly found in the Flower Forest Biomes and rarely in Plain Biomes. Rose bushes are the hardest to get ahold of because they only spawn naturally in larger forests. Roses are easy to obtain, but you can’t use those to make red dye.


Poppies, Red Tulip, Rose Bush

Note: Rose bushes give you two (2) red dyes instead of the one (1) red dye the rest give.

The player can also use beetroots to create red dye. Beetroots are obtained by harvesting a fully grown crop block, which drops one (1) one beetroot and 1-4 seeds. You can find beetroot growing in villages. We recommend you use those seeds to start your own farm.


Red dye is needed to make 4 other dyes on this list, so stock up on those beets!

Orange Dye: Orange Tulips or Combining Yellow Dye and Red Dye

As mentioned before, The Orange Tulip, along with tulip colors white, pink and red, are found in Flower Forest Biomes and sometimes in Plain Biomes. However, the easiest way to make orange dye is by combining one (1) yellow dye and one (1) red dye. Read on for yellow dye.

Note: Combining red and orange dye gives you two (2) orange dyes. Tulips give you one (1).

Orange Tulip, Red Dye + Yellow Dye

Yellow Dye: Dandelions or Sunflowers

Dandelions are the most common flower in Minecraft and are found in any grassy biome. Sunflowers, on the other hand, are one of the hardest to find as they only appear in the rare Sunflower Plains Biomes. Use a Bone Meal on the Sunflower for it to drop two at a time.

Note: Crafting with sunflowers gives you two (2) yellow dyes. Dandelions only give you one (1).

Dandelions, Sunflowers

Lime Dye: Smelting Sea Pickles or Combining White Dye and Green Dye

How to Smelt: Smelting is a method of refining goods from raw materials by heating in a smoker, blast furnace, or furnace. Furnaces require either eight (8) Blackstone or eight (8) cobblestones, but finding cobblestone is easier. Simply dig downwards and find some. 

Open up your crafting table and select the cobblestone. Place your cobblestone in every spot on the 3×3 grid except the middle space. Your grid should resemble the one below:

Place it down to use it from now on, as you’ll need it to smelt sea pickles and cactuses. You can use fuel like coal, logs, wood, or any fuel you have on hand to smelt your items.

How to Make Lime Dye: The sea pickle is a small, stationary underwater animal that emits a faint light. They’re typically found in colonies and can be broken instantly with your hands or other items. Sea pickles like to form in warm oceans and around coral blocks in coral reefs.

  • 1-4 sea pickles could drop from a sea pickle when harvested. The number is dependent on how many there are in the colony, so a colony of two (2) drops two (2) sea pickles.

Smelting Sea Pickles

Instead of going through all that trouble, you can combine white dye and green dye instead. Simply use the crafting table and use one (1) green dye and one (1) white dye for lime dye. However, you will need a furnace to craft green dye, so don’t skip the “How to Smelt” step.

Green Dye + White Dye

Green Dye: Smelting Cactuses 

How to Smelt: If you need help creating a furnace, read the “Lime Dye” section.

Cactuses are a plant found in the badlands and desert biomes, but more commonly in deserts. You can also find a potted cactus in igloos with a basement, so if you’re really far away from the desert, try raiding someone’s home. Despite their spiciness, you can mine cactuses with your hand and not hurt yourself; just try not to touch it, or you’ll receive 1 (one) heart damage.

Smelting Cactus

Cyan Dye: Combining Lapis Lazuli/Blue Dye and Green Dye

How to Mine: To get Lapis Lazuli, you’ll need to mine it with a stone pickaxe or better. To create a stone pickaxe, you’ll need two (2) sticks and three (3) cobblestones. Cobblestone is easy to find; just dig down to collect it. Sticks are created by using two of any wood plank, which is found by mining trees for a woodblock then using one (1) woodblock to create four (4) planks.

Now that you have cobblestone and four (4) sticks, you can create a pickaxe like this:

Use this pickaxe to mine Lapis Lazuli and most other harder objects without breaking them.

How to Make Cyan Dye: Lapis Lazuli forms in 2 batches per chunk. This mineral can spawn around level -1 (one level below dirt/cobblestone) and becomes less common as the player continues underground. It’s one of the rarest minerals in the game next to diamond.

When you find Lapis Lazuli, mine it with a pickaxe to receive its stones. To craft cyan dye using Lapis Lazuli, use one (1) Lapis Lazuli and one (1) green dye. You’ll receive two (2) cyan dyes.

  • 4-9 pieces of Lapis Lazuli can drop from a single Lapis Lazuli ore. The maximum drop can increase to 36 individual Lapis Lazuli with a Fortune 3 enchantment.

Lapis Lazuli + Green Dye

Players can also craft cyan dye by combining one (1) blue dye and one (1) green dye. You do need Lapis Lazuli to make a blue dye, so you’ll be spending the same amount of time either way.

Blue Dye + Green Dye

Blue Dye: Lapis Lazuli or Cornflower

Follow the steps in “Cyan Dye” to learn how to create a pickaxe to mine Lapis Lazuli. For blue dye, simply mine Lapis Lazuli and put one (1) of that mineral in your crafting table.

Lapis Lazuli

Blue dye can also be made using Cornflowers, which are found in all Plains Biomes and the Mountain Meadow Biome. They spawn regularly, so you’ll come across them quickly.


Light Blue Dye: Combining Lapis Lazuli/Blue Dye with Bone Meal/White Dye or Blue Orchids

Blue Orchids are unique because they can’t be found in the Plains, Forest, or Flower Forest Biome. Orchids can only be found in Snowless Taiga Biomes and Swamp Biomes. Despite this, they aren’t rare in these locations, and they often form in patches of 11 or more at a time.

You only need one (1) Blue Orchid to create the light blue dye, and it’s the easiest way to craft it.

Blue Orchid

The other way players can make light blue dye is by mixing one (1) blue dye with one (1) white dye, which you can figure out how to make in the sections “Blue Dye” and “White Dye.” Blue dye requires Lapis Lazuli, which must be mined as outlined in the “Cyan Dye” section.

Blue Dye + White Dye

Bedrock Edition Only: Players can make light blue dye by mixing one (1) Lapis Lazuli and one (1) bone meal. Lapis Lazuli can be obtained by mining underground with a stone pickaxe, while bone meal is obtainable through killing Skeletons to receive bones, then crafting one (1) bone for three (3) bone meal. You’ll receive two (2) cyan dyes with this crafting recipe.

Lapis Lazuli + Bone Meal

Pink Dye: Pink Tulip, Peony or Combining White Dye/Bone Meal and Red Dye

The Pink Tulip, along with tulip colors red, orange, and white, can sometimes be found in all Plain Biomes and the Flower Forest. Peonies take the form of a dark green bush and are found in all Forest Biomes. Since they’re rare, tap them with a bone meal to receive 2 at a time.

Peony, Pink Tulip

Players can create pink dye more efficiently by combining one (1) red dye and one (1) white dye. With this crafting method, you’ll receive two (2) pink dyes instead of one (1).

Red Dye + White Dye

Bedrock Edition Only: In Bedrock Edition, players can combine one (1) red dye with one (1) bone meal to create two (2) pink dyes.

Red Dye + Bone Meal

Purple Dye: Combining Lapis Lazuli/Blue Dye with Red Dye

Creating two (2) purple dyes is pretty straightforward as long as you already have one (1) blue dye and one (1) red dye. To learn how to create these items, refer to “Blue Dye” and “Red Dye.”

Blue Dye + Red Dye

Bedrock Edition Only: In Bedrock Edition, players can combine one (1) Lapis Lazuli with one (1) red dye to create two (2) purple dyes. To obtain Lapis Lazuli, you must mine it with a stone pickaxe underground. To learn how to make red dye, refer to the “Red Dye” section above.

Lapis Lazuli + Red Dye

Magenta Dye: Allium, Lilac or Combining Pink Dye and Purple Dye and Others

There are 7 different ways to create the magenta dye, but the easiest way to do this is by finding Alliums or Lilacs. Alliums are located in the Flower Forest only, while Lilacs are found in most Grassy Biomes but only when generated on Grass Blocks using bone meal. You need one (1).

Note: Lilacs create two (2) magenta dyes for every one (1) lilac.

Allium, Lilacs

Players can also make magenta dye by combining one (1) purple and one (1) pink dye, or two (2) red dye, one (1) blue dye and (1) white dye, or one (1) pink dye, one (1) red dye and one (1) blue dye. The purple and pink dye combination produces two (2) magenta dyes, the red, blue, and white blend create four (2) dyes, and the pink, red and blue recipe makes three (3).

You can learn how to create purple, pink, red, blue, and white dye in the above sections.


Purple Dye + Pink Dye, 2 Red Dye + White Dye + Blue Dye, Pink Dye + Blue Dye + Red Dye

Bedrock Edition Only: In Bedrock Edition, players can combine two (2) red dye, one (1) Lapis Lazuli and one (1) bone meal, or one (1) pink dye, one (1) Lapis Lazuli, and one (1) red dye. To find Lapis Lazuli, you must mine underground with a stone pickaxe or higher (see “Cyan Dye” section). Kill Skeletons for bones, then craft one (1) bone for three (3) bone meal.

The red dye, Lapis Lazuli, and bone meal combo create four (4) magenta dye, while the pink dye, red dye, and Lapis Lazuli recipe make three (3) dyes. 

2 Red Dye + Lapis Lazuli + Bone Meal, Pink Dye + Lapis Lazuli + Red Dye

Part 3: Obtain Sand

The next step is to mine four (4) sand. Sand naturally generates many biomes near lakes and ponds and is prominent in deserts, rivers, and beaches. Sand is supported by sandstone because it won’t stay put when you mine it and can crush the player if they are underneath sand that’s falling on top of them, so be careful. Stay adjacent to sand while mining it.

How to Craft a Shovel

The player can mine sand by using any tool very quickly, but using a shovel is the best method. To craft a shovel, use two sticks by crafting one plank to form four (4) of them and use either plank, iron ingot, gold ingot, diamond ingot, cobblestone, Blackstone, or any stone-tier block for the spade. Let’s use either planks or cobblestone because they’re the easiest to obtain.

2 Wood Planks

To find cobblestone, dig down on the dirt, not on the sand. Planks are made by mining any tree to obtain wood blocks and using that block to make four (4) planks. Follow the recipe below:

Wood Block

Use either your cobblestone or planks to create a shovel. You must place the blocks like this:

Wood Plank + 2 Sticks, Cobblestone Block + 2 Sticks

Now, use your new shovel to mine four (4) sand. You’ll need this shovel for gravel, as well.

Part 4: Obtain Gravel

Stay on the beach because you’ll find the four (4) gravel there as well. Gravel is created in disks on beaches, rivers, near tiny water sources, and in Gravelly Mountains Biomes covering most of the surface. Gravel is also found in abundance in all Biomes underwater on the ocean floor.

Gravel, like sand, can be broken with any tool but using a shovel is much faster. Use that shovel to mine four (4) gravel. You also have a 10% chance to receive flint instead of gravel. 

Now you have all the ingredients, we can create a concrete powder. We’re almost there!

Part 5: Craft Concrete Powder

At this point, you should have the following ingredients needed to craft concrete powder:

  • One (1) Dye of your choice (See “Obtain the Dye” Section)
  • Four (4) Sand (See “Obtain Sand” Section)
  • Four (4) Gravel (See “Obtain Gravel” Section)

Now that we have all of those ingredients open the crafting menu and drag four (4) sand, four (4) gravel, and one (1) dye of your choice in any of the nine square in any order.

In Crafting Menu: White Dye + 4 Sand Blocks + 4 Gravel Blocks

To use another dye color, just swap out the white dye with any of the other’s shown in the Inventory. All recipes, no matter what dye, create eight (8) concrete powders.

Let’s continue to the final step: turning your concrete powder into concrete!

Part 6: Turning Concrete Powder Into Concrete

When the concrete powder comes in contact with water, it hardens instantly into concrete. You can either place the concrete powder into water to solidify it or by throwing water on top of it by using a bucket. Concrete requires a pickaxe to be mined once it’s been placed on the ground.

Water from cauldrons, rain, or water bottles won’t harden concrete; only fresh/ocean water will.

Note: To craft a bucket, you need three (3) iron ingots made by mining iron blocks underground. You’ll need to put one (1) iron ore and one (1) fuel to create one (1) iron ingot each. Refer to the recipe below to make a bucket. The ingots must be placed exactly as shown.

Three Ingot

Now you can scoop up water and throw it onto the concrete powder from anywhere.

Note: To learn how to make a stone pickaxe, go to the “How to Mine” in the Cyan Dye section.

Congratulations, you’ve created one of the most versatile and colorful building blocks in the game! Their vibrant colors are sure to impress anyone who enters your Minecraft world!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question: Where do you find concrete in Minecraft?

Answer: Players won’t come across concrete while wandering around the Overworld, as it can only be obtained by crafting. To craft concrete, you will need to make concrete powder with four (4) sand, four (4) gravel, and one (1) of the sixteen (16) dyes of your choice. Then, place the concrete powder near the water or pour water beside it with a bucket to make concrete.

Question: Can you make concrete in Minecraft survival? 

Answer: Yes, you can make concrete in Survival Mode, which is the primary game mode. However, if you put the game on “Peaceful,” you won’t be able to obtain some dye options in the game, which would be required to make black dye or grey dye. Black dye needs either an ink sack or wither rose, which are obtained by monsters, while grey ink needs black dye in its recipe. Players can make the other 14 colors without needing to kill an enemy.

Question: Does rain affect concrete powder in Minecraft?

Answer: No. If you place concrete powder in the Overworld and it starts to rain, the concrete powder won’t turn into concrete. Water from cauldrons, rain, or water bottles won’t harden concrete; only fresh/ocean water will. You can harden concrete powder by placing it next to water (it must touch the concrete powder) or completely submerged in ocean/freshwater.

Question: Does concrete burn-in Minecraft?

Answer: No. Neither concrete powder nor concrete is flammable. However, despite being essentially blast-proof in real life (as long as the concrete is at least 1 cubic meters thick), concrete in Minecraft has a very low blast resistance. While you can’t set it on fire, you can “set it ablaze” by placing TNT next to it and lighting the fuse. The concrete will disintegrate. 

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Concrete and concrete powder is incredible building materials that will add a whole new world of color to your Minecraft world. Although getting some of the ingredients for the dye can be a pain, it’s worth it if you want to make structures that stand out from the rest. 

A word of advice: If you want to make sure your ingredient list for dye is always well-stocked, create a farm full of flowers, squids, vegetables, cactuses, and more. Even the elusive cocoa bean can be cultivated for dye, which will free up time you would have spent in the jungle.

Have fun creating tons of beautiful concrete pieces for your Minecraft world!

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