Homemade Chalk...in Time for the 4th

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I saw this idea a few weeks ago, with some really cute heart chalk at www.howdoesshe.com/how-to-make-sidewalk-chalk. I've seen homemade chalk before, but I've really been wanting to try it out in one of the molds like the tutorial (instead of the usual toilet paper tube). I look forward to make crayons in this same shape....soon (I've tried out heart crayons in these molds, and loved them too!
Anyway, I have a friend coming into town, and she has some little ones, and my practice (when given enough notice) has always been to take along gifts. I like to bribe children to like me....won't I be a wonderful Mom...I feel family therapy coming on? Moving on....
Since my visit with her and the family will be around the 4th, I decided some red, white, and blue star chalk was in order. I googled the recipe after I lost the link, and found a recipe on Familyfun that seemed easy.
1 c. plaster of paris to 3/4 c. water. It called for powdered tempera paint, but I just used my Wilton dyes.

I found plaster of paris at the craft store for about 4 dollars, and I used a coupon. There is enough to make at least 20 pieces of this fat chalk.
I mixed it all together, and then separated it in dixie cups, added dye, stirred, and poured it into the mold.

I let it dry about 24 hours, and then it slid right out of the mold. I did have to use a napkin and dab off some water that sat on top as everything separated.
The instructions did mention you may need to dip them in water if things dry out, but so far, all seems well.


Lori said...

Love the demonstration of how it really works! Cute idea to keep the kids busy on the 4th.

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

I really like this idea..so many possibilities! Thanks for showing the step-by-step!

Erin said...

LOVE IT!!! This is on our summer to do list! And you found a star pan - yeah! =o)


Kansas Amy said...

Very nice, I may have to try making some for my 5 neices who I'll see 4th of July weekend!

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

What a great idea for the 4th! We loved it so much that it's been featured at Sweet Peas and Bumblebees as one of our red, white, and blue favorites! Don't forget to grab a button! (:


Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

This is a great idea and oh so festive!

We are hosting a link party called “Help a Momma Out” every Tuesday! This would be an awesome link up! I would appreciate if you'd add it. Thanks in advance for your consideration :)


Tanya said...

Hi There! I loved these Chalk Stars. I featured them on my 4th of July edition of my Friday Favorites...come over and check it out! Happy 4th.

Mommy Evolution said...

This post is perfect for the Monday Kid Corner Weekly Linky Party. The next party goes live Sunday morning and this week’s theme is SIDEWALK CHALK. Be sure to brush off those archives as well and link them up at http://thejennyevolution.com/category/linky-parties/monday-kid-corner/ See you there! Jennifer

Daphne said...

I did something like this, but used crushed sidewalk chalk. I wanted to make dinosaur/dragons eggs with something inside. I ended up making a sludge of 1/2c chalk powder to 5T water and then layering colors into leftover Easter eggs. Finally I pressed some toys into the center and closed the eggs up tight. They have been sitting outside all day and I am super excited to check them out tomorrow. I hope they're done.