Decide where you would like to lay the patio, and level the area with a landscaping rake.
Pour gravel over the area, and level it with the rake.
Use the same process to add the dirt, followed by the sand.
Use a tamper along the entire area to flatten it even further, and do the same with the side of a 2-by-4-inch board.
Remove the excess sand that the board collects in the flattening process.
Drive a stake into the ground with a rubber mallet. Run a strip of bender board to a second stake to begin the frame, and continue from there.
Attach a string between two stakes on the outer edges of the frame and across the frame to keep the pavers after you install them.
Lay down the pavers one by one, and use a trowel to level the sand underneath as you go.
Use the tamper on the surface of the pavers to level them, then remove the leveling guides and frames.