Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Fun Craft: Handmade Side walk Chalk

Hi everyone,
I remember when my sister and I where little we would draw on the sidewalk for hours. We would go through tubes of chalk. I have found a How to on how to Make Sidewalk chalk. This would be a fun project for the kids and could also be great to make to give out for party favors. I can't wait to try this Recipe in the future.

Tools and Materials
  • Cardboard tube (saved from center of paper towels, toilet paper, wrapping papers, tinfoil, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Freezer paper
  • 32-ounce plastic containers (saved yogurt containers work great)
  • Tempera paint in a variety of colors
  • 1 cup water
  • Mixing spoon
  • 1 1/2 cups Plaster of Paris
  • Rubber spatula
  • Cooling rack
Tip: Silicone baking trays also make great chalk molds, and come in fun shapes such as stars and hearts.

Sidewalk Chalk How-To
1. If necessary, cut cardboard tube to about 5 1/2-inch lengths (the size of half a paper towel tube). Other sizes can be used as well. Use duct tape to tape off one side of each tube.
2. Insert a sheet of freezer paper, cut to size (with paper inside the tube).
3. In a plastic container, mix 2 to 4 tablespoons (depending on color desired) of paint into the cup of water. Continue mixing while slowly adding the Plaster of Paris to the water, until completely combined. The mixture should be about the texture of frosting.
4. Fill prepared tube with mixture, assisting with a rubber spatula. Tap tube on work surface to release air bubbles.
5. The plaster will set in about a half hour, and can be removed from tube after about one hour (check for hardness by gently squeezing tube). Once chalk is removed from tube, place on a cooling rack and let dry completely (at least 24 hours) before using.

You can make Fun shapes and several different colors.
Have fun and Enjoy!!!


Anonymous said...

I want to make some!!

Kala said...

Wish I had read your post earlier:) At the neighborhood Memorial Day party I had to come up with some crafts and this would have been a great one to do with the kids:):) How have you been? I have missed stopping by:)

Frannie said...

My daughter always drew with chalk on the sidewalk. So much fun. I like the stars...they are pointy and perfect for drawing.