Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Remember that Plaster of Paris project?  I had originally bought that plaster of paris two years ago to make homemade sidewalk chalk.  Well, now, two years later, I've finally done it!!  Most recipes that I've seen call for:
  •  1 cup  plaster of paris
  •  3/4 - 1 cup of water
  •   dry tempera paint
  The craft store that I shop at does not carry the dry tempera paint any more, so I just used some liquid tempera paint.  We mixed the paint in with the water first.  Then we added the plaster of paris and mixed until it was all combined.
 Then, we poured it into the molds.  We used Candy Molds.
This amount filled 3 candy molds and 3/4 of a toilet paper tube, so about 12 pieces.
  And then, we let it dry.  It took ours about 3 days to dry enough so that they wouldn't crumble when we tried to get them out of the molds. (This is a be-patient project!)  I don't know if the quikset plaster of paris would have dried a lot quicker, but our store also doesn't carry that anymore!!  I think that 1 cup of water was actually a little too much and with the liquid paint instead of the dry paint, it could maybe even use a little less than 3/4 cup of water.   And I think the molds were a little too shallow.  I would have liked them to be a little bit thicker.  I used a toilet paper tube taped on the bottom also, which is what the chalk in the bottom left corner is.
  I loooove the way it wrote on the driveway.  It felt so smooth!     And it's very inexpensive to make.  I believe the Plaster of Paris was between $4 and $5.  It came as a dry powder in a half-gallon container.  My 1 cup that I used barely even put a dent in the container, so I'll be making a lot more chalk.

I also saw this idea for Sidewalk Paint  from Nicole at "Plain Graces".  Very cool idea!  Check it out!

  I had never thought of Sidewalk paint before!  Very clever.

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  1. I'm so glad you posted this! We've been wanting to pick up some sidewalk chalk for DS, but just haven't gotten around to it. I would much rather have him help make it and have the pride/learning that comes with that!


  2. Thanks for joining my blog hop!! Those look awesome!!!

  3. Awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing. My girls go through chalk like crazy so this is great!

  4. That is fantastic! Very cool indeed! These would be great summer giveaways for the kids in her school!

  5. I love your chalk- very creative shapes. I might have some plaster of paris hidden somewhere. I might just go and dig it out! Thanks for the idea.

  6. I put a link in my earlier post to your page!

  7. This is a great idea! My kids would love this. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  8. I've never heard of making your own sidewalk chalk!! Too cool! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. That's so cool!!!

    My daughter is a 3rd grade teacher - I've got to tell her about this!

  10. This is a great idea! I can't wait to try it with Jaxon. Just stopping by for the hopper strategized blog hop! Have a great day.

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  12. Hi there, following you from Cup of Joe. I would be so delighted if you could come and visited and have a cup of joe with me, a follow back at my Nostalgic Marveling blog would be a treat too.

  13. I love anything crafty so I have to try this. Looks like fun! Am following from MBC and its a pleasure to follow you!

  14. Hi! Found you by the Follow Friday. New follower!

  15. Fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I am your newest follower from "Boost my blog"! and enjoying your site very much!


  16. Great project! Thats one i've "known" about for a long time--just keep forgetting when I'm at an art store to get supplies. Thanks for the reminder! ;)

    Hopped over from social parade and following you now--would love a follow back!

  17. Brilliant! In my favorites! Thank you so much for posting! I was already a follower on GFC, so I liked your FB page now.

  18. I love all your DIY handmade guides! Great resource for parents!
    Sarah @ made in usa challenge

  19. Wow!That is really cool I will have to try this! I am new follower from BHSJW. I just started blogging so I hope I am doing this right!

  20. I guess I have never considered how sidewalk chalk is made, but this is a great project for both parents and children and/or grandchildren. I envision have the grandchildren one weekend making this project and having them the next weekend watching them have fun with their newly created chalk. Definitely going to pin this project for future use. Thanks.

  21. I love playing with sidewalk chalk! Thanks for sharing.FUN FUN FUN! :)


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