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One of Little C’s favorite things to play with is her chalkboard, and she loves to go through every piece of sidewalk chalk she owns, and color with every single one. This Easter, we got her egg shaped chalk at the Dollar Tree, and she loves to use those, but her all time favorite kind of chalk, is the little stubs of used chalk, (the ones that most people toss aside!). Since she likes small chalk, and fun shapes, I set out on a search for some fun shaped molds on Amazon, that I knew she would love. I found these flower shaped molds, and I immediately knew that these were the perfect molds for my flower obsessed daughter.
Seriously, how cute are these molds? I have so many more creative uses in mind for these too. So now I had the molds, and set out in search of a DIY sidewalk chalk recipe. The consensus seems to be 3/4 cup of water, 1 cup of plaster of paris, and then varying amounts of tempra paint. I used three, to four disposable plastic spoons full of tempra paint per each color batch. I used neon yellow, pink, orange, blue, and green tempra paint plus on batch of regular primary red tempra paint, which turned a dark rosy pink color once mixed with the plaster of paris. Then I left one batch white, and tried one batch with purple watercolor, (which I don’t recommend because it didn’t settle while while drying.)
- Neon Tempra Paints
- Plaster of Paris
- Red Tempra Paint
- Plastic Spoons
- Plastic sandwich size Ziploc bags
- *Toilet Paper Rolls (if you want regular tube shaped chalk)*
- *Rubber bands (for tube shaped chalk preparation)
- *Wax paper (for tube shaped chalk preparation so the chalk doesn’t stick to the card board roll).
- *Masking tape (for tube shaped chalk preparation).
- Silicon Flower Molds
- Heart-Shaped Silicone Mold (I had these left over from Valentine’s Day)
- Large containers to place the silicone molds in for easy transportation if you need to move them.
- Plastic cups, or coffee cups if you are like me, and don’t have any disposable cups laying around.
- Table cloth, or shower curtain liner to spread underneath all your materials, this activity can get messy.
- Gather your materials.
- We placed the silicon molds in some cake storage containers, to help with transporting them after we were done filling the molds. They take 48 hours to dry, so you are going to need to move them to where they won’t be disturbed for two days. Once they are filled, they are very easily spilled, so it’s best to be prepared ahead of time!
- If you want to have some tubular, traditional shaped chalk, you can cut a toilet paper roll, roll it to your desired size, and secure it with some rubber bands. Then you are going to want to cut some wax paper, and roll it up to place on the inside of the tube, so the chalk doesn’t stick to the cardboard. Then place a small piece of wax paper on the end of the tube, and tape up the end with your masking tape. You want to be sure the wax paper, and the masking tape cover all the holes at the bottom, or you will have the mixture pouring out the holes.
- If you are using coffee cups, you can then place the plastic bags in your cups, so they are ready to go. Some people prepare it all in a plastic cups, and then just pour it from the cups, but I decided to use plastic bags, so i could snip the corners, and pipe them into the molds. Plus was doing this with a two year old, and I needed to seal the colors as we finished mixing each one, otherwise, she might have knocked all the cups over before we had the chance to mix all of our colors.
- Pour 3/4 cups of water into each cup/bag.
- Pour three spoon fulls of tempra paint into each cup/bag, and stir the water, and paint together.
- Measure out 1 cup of Plaster of Paris into each cup/bag, and mix everything together.
- If you are using baggies, seal them tight, and cut a little hole in the corner, then begin slowly squeezing them into all your molds.
- You can put one solid color in each mold, or you can layer the colors.
- Once you get done filling everything, you should just be able to throw all the baggies, and spoons in the trash, and have easy clean up. Make sure you aren’t washing any of the Plaster of Paris down the drain, it will stick to your pipes. This is why you need to use disposable cups, or plastic baggies.
- Then just move the containers, or trays that the molds are in to a place where they can sit for at least 48 hours. We left ours in the molds overnight, then took them out of the molds the next day, and let them dry some more.
Now it’s time to have fun with your sidewalk chalk!