It is sunny and hot here in Texas! My kids are really enjoying playing outside and soaking up the sun.
We are always looking for new ways to enjoy handing out outside. So we took art to the sidewalk! Have you ever made your own homemade sidewalk chalk recipe? If not you are missing out! Plus it is so easy and with only a few materials it is done and ready to be enjoyed!
We were inspired to make this sidewalk chalk because we can’t wait to go see the new Despicable Me 3 movie (rated PG)!! We made our chalk based on all of the vibrant colors from the movie and they turned out awesome! We recreated a few characters with the help of of the artist in our family! Our project went off without a hitch by using Bounty Paper Towels and you will have to keep reading to find out just why!
DIY Chalk Tutorial
- tempera paint
- silicone molds or empty toilet paper rolls
- plaster of paris
- plastic cups
- plastic spoons
- popsicle sticks
- measuring cup
Homemade Chalk Recipe
Cut your popsicle sticks about 3/4 of the way and keep the bigger end.
Start with cold water.
Fill each cup about 1/3 of the way full with the cold water.
Then squeeze in 3 tablespoons of each color into the cups with water. Since our mold had 8 spots we used a mixture of the blue and pink to make purple and green and blue to make blue green. Super perfect for those Minion characters! Stir them up with your plastic spoons.
Then we added in the 2/3 cup of plaster of paris into each cup. Be sure not to get any plaster in your sink. It is not a good mix for drains! We used an old measuring cup for this but you could totally eye ball it if you are good with that. This part can be a bit messy. Bounty was certainly helpful while we put this one together!
Then carefully pour into your molds. After a few minutes the mixture will thicken enough to put in your popsicle sticks. Allow them to cure for a day. We did sit these outside so the heat would move things along quicker!
With any craft supply things can get messy. Having Bounty Paper Towels on hand is a must for any kid craft you plan. Even the littlest wanted to help!
Get busy decorating those sidewalks!
Can You Make Chalk at Home?
Yes! You sure can. All you need is a few supplies, like plaster of Paris and tempura paints to make DIY sidewalk chalk.
Can I Make Homemade Chalk Without Plaster of Paris
Yes you can!! All you need is equal parts cornstarch and water and mix them up. Use food coloring instead of paint for the color.
How Do You Make DIY Chalk Without Silicone Molds?
You can either use toilet paper or paper towel rolls.
Have a cookie sheet? You can just put your mixture on a cookie sheet and then break the chalk into pieces once it is dry.
If you have silicone muffin tins you could use them as well.