During the summer season, we’re all about sidewalk chalk! We love spending time outdoors, and my boys just love getting artistic on our driveway!
This DIY Sidewalk Chalk is a breeze to put together. I love making my own because I can choose the exact colors/shades to make. Not to mention, this DIY Sidewalk Chalk is budget-friendly – and I love the fact that it’s totally customizable (psst: if you put them in silicone molds, you can give them different shapes!).
It is tons of fun making homemade versions of childhood favorites. Nowadays, children are REALLY into their electronic devices, so I make it a point to introduce my kiddo to classic activities. Sidewalk chalk is definitely a family favorite of ours!
- 2 cups plaster of paris, per color of sidewalk chalk
- 2 tablespoons liquid tempera paint, per color of sidewalk chalk
- 1 cup water, per color of sidewalk chalk
- Cardboard tubes, approximately 4 inches long (I used paper towel rolls cut in half)
- Duct tape
- Wax or parchment paper, cut into 6 inch squares
- Mixing spoon or spatula
- Disposable 12 inch piping bags
Begin by preparing the cardboard tubes. Seal the end of each one with duct table. Line them with wax or parchment paper that has been cut into 6-inch squares.
In a bowl or measuring cup, mix together water and tempera paint.
Add the plaster of paris and stir until it reaches the consistency of toothpaste. The mixture will be thick but still liquid/runny enough to pipe into cardboard tubes.
Working quickly, transfer the plaster of paris into one of the piping bags. Cut the corner/end of the piping bag and immediately squeeze the mixture into the prepared cardboard tube. Be sure to tap the cardboard tube once it’s filled in order to get the plaster mixture to settle.
Allow the sidewalk chalk to dry overnight.
Remove the cardboard tube and wax paper. If the sidewalk chalk is still damp, allow to dry completely on a wire rack before using.
Instead of using cardboard tubes, you may use silicone molds to create fun shapes.
When making the DIY chalk, expect the colors to be soft and more pastel in shade.