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How to make concrete in Minecraft

Concrete was added to Minecraft in 2017. It does not offer the kind of blast resistance in the game that you’d expect it to. Compared to stone, it is very low on the list of blocks that offer any meaningful blast resistance. That said, Concrete looks so much better than stone, cobblestone, and even smooth stone that many users prefer it for better, aesthetic builds.

concrete in minecraft

Concrete in Minecraft

Concrete does not spawn naturally in Minecraft. It is an item that must be crafted. It uses fairly common blocks to craft however, one of the items needed to craft a concrete block is a dye. Concrete cannot be created without dye. The dye will determine the color of the block.

Craft concrete in Minecraft

Concrete blocks are crafted in stacks of 8. You need;

  • 4 blocks of sand
  • 4 blocks of gravel
  • 1 dye of the color you want the block to be


The recipe for Concrete is ‘shapeless’ i.e., it doesn’t matter what order the items are placed in. You can add the sand, gravel, and dye in any arrangement in the crafting table matrix (see image below).

Concrete colors in Minecraft

Concrete can be crafted in 16 colors. All you need is dye for the color. The available colors, and their dye ingredients are given below.

  • Black dye: ink sac (from squid) or whiter rose in crafting table
  • Blue dye: Lapis Lazuli or Cornflower in crafting table
  • Brown dye: cocoa beans in crafting table
  • Cyan dye: Blue dye and green dye or Lapis Lazuli and green dye in crafting table
  • Green dye: cook cactus in furnace
  • Grey dye: Black dye and white dye or Ink sac and white dye in crafting table.
  • Light blue dye: Blue orchid in crafting table
  • Light gray dye: Azure Bluet or Oxeye Daisy or White Tulip  in crafting table
  • Lime green dye: cook sea cucumber in furnace
  • Magenta: Lilac 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 in crafting table
  • Orange dye: Orange tulip in crafting table or combine yellow and red dye in crafting table
  • Pink dye: Peony or pink tulip in crafting table, or red and white dye in crafting table
  • Purple dye: Blue dye and red dye, or red dye and Lapis Lazuli in crafting table
  • Red dye: Poppy, or red tulip, or beetroot, or rose bush in crafting table 
  • White dye: bonemeal or lily of the valley in crafting table
  • Yellow dye: Dandelion or sunflower in crafting table


Concrete has to be a color. You can use white or grey colors if you do not want anything bright but you cannot remove dye from the recipe. Unlike glass which can be crafted to have no color, and later dyed if a user wants, Concrete does not have a ‘no color’ option.

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