How To Craft Concrete and Concrete Powder in Minecraft (1.12 Update)

Concrete is a new type of Minecraft block added on June 7, 2017 as part of the World of Color Update (1.12). The blocks are more intensely and uniformly colored than wool or terracotta and can be crafted in the same 16 dye colors. In order to craft concrete, you will have to first make concrete powder then later mix it with water. This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about concrete in Minecraft!

Concrete Colors in Minecraft - 1.12 Update

Crafting Concrete Powder


Concrete powder is made by placing 4 sand, 4 gravel, and 1 color dye into a crafting table. The color dye you use will determine the color of your powder. For example, if you use bonemeal as shown in the photo below, you will get white concrete powder.

Crafting White Concrete Powder in Minecraft

Crafting Tip: The gravel, sand, and dye do not need to be in any specific order when making powder. As long as you have 4 sand, 4 gravel, and a dye in the crafting table, you can craft concrete powder!

I have made a list of the 16 color dyes you can use for concrete and how to get them below. Many of them can be crafted from flowers! More information on dyes can be found on Minecraft Wiki.

Minecraft Dye Colors

Color Dye Item Name Source
White Bonemeal Crafted from Bones
Gray Gray Dye Combining Ink Sack + Bonemeal
Light Gray Light Gray Dye Combining Bone Meal + Gray Dye, or 2 Bone Meal + 1 Ink Sack
Black Ink Sack Drops naturally from squids
Brown Coco Beans Found in Jungle biomes
Red Rose Red Crafted from red flowers or beetroots
Yellow Dandelion Yellow Crafted from dandelions or sunflowers
Orange Orange Dye Crafted from orange tulips or combining rose red and dandelion yellow
Green Cactus Green Crafted from cooking cactus blocks in a furnace
Lime Lime Dye Combining cactus green and bone meal
Cyan Cyan Dye Combining lapis lazuli and cactus green
Blue Lapis Lazuli Found naturally while mining
Light Blue Light Blue Dye Crafted from blue orchids or combining lapis lazuli with bonemeal
Purple Purple Dye Crafted by combining rose red and lapis lazuli
Pink Pink Dye Crafted from peonies, pink tulips, or by combining rose red with bonemeal
Magenta Magenta Dye Crafted from liliacs, alliums, or by combining 2 rose reds with lapis lazuli and bonemeal.
Can also be made by combining purple and pink dyes.



Crafting Concrete


Physically placing your powder next to water will instantly transform it into concrete. If the powder falls into water, it will also turn into concrete once it lands in the water.

Crafting Concrete in Minecraft with Water

Concrete FAQs


  • Does flowing water work for crafting concrete?

    Yes! If powder is placed next to flowing water, it will change the powder into concrete!

  • Which tool should I use to mine or break concrete?

    A pickaxe must be used, otherwise the concrete block will not drop. For powder, a shovel may be used.

  • How do I prevent concrete powder from falling down?

    Powder follows the same gravity mechanics as sand or gravel, meaning it will fall down when there are no blocks underneath it. You will have to put something under the powder to prevent it from falling.

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