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How to Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk

Have you ever wanted to be an artist that draws on a really big canvas? A canvas the size of your neighborhood? Well, you can. Sidewalk chalk is the perfect thing to use if your looking for a canvas that's bigger than most. Sidewalk chalk is also perfect for advertising your summer lemonade stand or just decorating the driveway. You can easily find chalk at the store or if you'd like to customize your colors and be able to make it again and again you can easily make your own sidewalk chalk. Here's how!

Supplies:

  • 1 cup Plaster of Paris (try craft and hardware stores for this)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Plastic cups or ice trays
  • Food coloring or Powdered Tempra Paint (available at most large craft stores)
  • A spoon or popsicle stick for stirring
  • Bowl

Instructions:

  1. Mix the 1 cup Plaster of Paris with the 3/4 cup water. You should get a mixture with a creamy consistency.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture and stir in well for a solid color. For a marbled effect, don't stir as much.
  3. Pour the mixture into your molds, either the bottom inch or two of your plastic cups or the ice cube trays. You can also find fun shaped ice cube trays in the shape of hearts or stars at most kitchen supply stores.
  4. Let the mixture dry in the molds for a few hours.
  5. Pop your chalk out of the molds and let dry for another few hours. I know, you're impatient, but it's got to dry!
  6. Now you can use it! Draw till your heart's content!

If your parents are worried about whether the food dye in the chalk washes away let them know that it does. No need to worry parents!

Have Your Say

What's your favorite sidewalk chalk drawing you've seen? Did you draw it? If not, who did? Share your stories in the comments section below!

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