Handmade Sidewalk Chalk

3.05.2009

This was a fun and easy project and perfect for the season that is sloooooowly approaching (there isn't enough sidewalk here yet for this, they are all still quite snow covered, but here's to hoping!). All you need for this project is: Dixie cups, plaster of paris, tempera paint, petroleum jelly, a disposable plastic container and a disposable utensil for stirring.

Handmade Sidewalk Chalk

The "recipe" is essentially: one part water + two parts plaster of paris + enough tempera paint to achieve the color of your liking. The first step is actually to wipe down the inside of your Dixie cups with petroleum jelly (this will make it easier to get the chalk out once hardened). After you line the inside of your cups with the petroleum jelly, very carefully (so you do not inhale the dust of the plaster of paris) pour two Dixie cups of plaster of paris into your plastic container and add one Dixie cup of water. Stir until well blended, the mixture will have the texture of a paste. Add your tempera paint at this time until you achieve the color of your liking and set aside for at least 24 hours to harden.

Handmade Sidewalk Chalk

Once dry and hardened you can tear your cup apart and reveal your very own handmade chalk!

Handmade Sidewalk Chalk

Super cool project and an easy one too. I also saw that a woman suggested using plastic easter eggs as molds for your sidewalk chalk for Spring. You can get her "how to" here.

Handmade Sidewalk Chalk

And then I just wanted to share a layout that I did using the March kit from Scrapbook Circle.

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It's a pretty simple one, used lots of the cardstock stickers on this one by Pebbles, Inc.

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This morning was our morning to have waffles or pancakes (Zoey's choice, this morning it was waffles) at home...love Thursday mornings for just the reason that it's the one morning that Zoey and I get to spend together and have no specific "agenda" that is looming. I know that next year I'm really going to miss this with her being in Kindergarten all week...so I'm trying to take advantage of this time we have now the best I can. Speaking of which, I have someone who is wanting to do some painting with me! Have a great day!

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Lisa Dorsey said...

Cool project Jen and adorable layout. Enjoy your painting!

Scrapper Mom said...

Great sidewalk chalk project :) Love the layout too!

Crystal Jeffrey Rieger said...

Just popped over from Two Peas - love the how-to on the sidewalk chalk! I'm bookmarking this for a day when I need to keep my kidlets busy! Thanks.

Lisa said...

The sidewalk chalk is such a fun idea! Love you LO too!

Nat said...

How fun!
and love the layout!!!

Terri Davenport said...

What a fun project! I'm going to have to try that!

Anonymous said...

Fun project, I think I'll pass it on to my teacher-daughter, it would be a fun classroom thing. Darling layout too :)

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Gigi said...

oooh thanks for sharing that sidewalk chalk recipe!!

& i love your layout too...the polka dots are perfect for it!!