Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk!


Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk!

Since I started making my own play dough last year,  I’ve been wanting to try out more homemade versions of childhood favorites. Sidewalk chalk is a Springtime favorite for us.  We could spend a whole sunny afternoon coloring on the ground.

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk!

I found a few recipes,  and cobbled together a recipe that yields a firm, but not brittle, quick-drying chalk.  I used wrapping paper tubes rescued from the recycling bin as molds, as they have a smaller diameter than toilet paper or paper-towel tubes, better for small hands.  You could also use the tubes found inside aluminum foil, plastic wrap etc.

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk!

Gather your materials:

  • Tempera Paint (use primary,and mix secondary colors)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Wrapping Paper Tubes
  • Wax Paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Sandwich baggies (for piping bags)
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk!

Cut the tube into 5 inch segments.  Line the interiors with wax paper, tape the base to seal one end, and set aside.

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk!

The following is the recipe proportions for one color:

Mix 2-3 tablespoons of tempera paint with 1/2 cup of water.  Stir in 3/4 cup of plaster of Paris.  Spoon the mixture into a sandwich baggy and snip the end.  Squeeze the contents into the tube. Prop straight up (I used the masking tape ring to support my 6 tubes).

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk!

Allow to dry at room temperature for at least 12 hours.  Enjoy!

 

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