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

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Concrete is a new type of Minecraft block added on June 7, 2017 as part of the World of Color Update (1.12). This is the same update which added terracotta and parrots to the game.

Concrete blocks are more uniformly colored than wool or terracotta and can be crafted in the same 16 dye colors. In order to craft concrete in Minecraft, you will have to first make concrete powder then later mix it with water.

Concrete is used for building lots of things in Minecraft. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about crafting concrete and concrete powder in Minecraft.

Concrete Colors in Minecraft - 1.12 Update

Crafting Concrete Powder

Concrete powder is crafted 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. For more details on dyes, check out the table below.

Minecraft Dye Colors

ColorDye Item NameSource
WhiteBonemealCrafted from Bones
GrayGray DyeCombining Ink Sack + Bonemeal
Light GrayLight Gray DyeCombining Bone Meal + Gray Dye, or 2 Bone Meal + 1 Ink Sack
BlackInk SackDrops naturally from squids
BrownCoco BeansFound in Jungle biomes
RedRose RedCrafted from red flowers or beetroots
YellowDandelion YellowCrafted from dandelions or sunflowers
OrangeOrange DyeCrafted from orange tulips or combining rose red and dandelion yellow
GreenCactus GreenCrafted from cooking cactus blocks in a furnace
LimeLime DyeCombining cactus green and bone meal
CyanCyan DyeCombining lapis lazuli and cactus green
BlueLapis LazuliFound naturally while mining
Light BlueLight Blue DyeCrafted from blue orchids or combining lapis lazuli with bonemeal
PurplePurple DyeCrafted by combining rose red and lapis lazuli
PinkPink DyeCrafted from peonies, pink tulips, or by combining rose red with bonemeal
MagentaMagenta DyeCrafted 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

To make concrete in Minecraft, you have to physically place concrete powder next to water. The powder will instantly transform into concrete and you will be able to mine it and pick it up.

If the powder falls into water from a height, 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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