Making fun crafts with your kids can be a great way to have fun, beat the boredom, and enjoy quality time together no matter the season. During the summer season, there are many DIY projects that you can create with your kids to help them enjoy their break without feeling bored. One of the coolest DIY projects that you can do with your kids is homemade sidewalk chalk. It is an easy project that can be used for various art projects on the sidewalk or a giant chalkboard if you have one. Here is how to make DIY sidewalk chalk.
Before you get begin, you need to first gather the materials necessary to make these creative sidewalk chalk options.
First, you’re going to need some Plaster of Paris, some water, and food coloring or tempera paint in the colors of your choosing. A great way to get your kids involved is by having them choose their favorite colors for the sidewalk chalk. You can even try mixing and matching colors to get new shades. You will also need a silicone popsicle mold, plastic spoons and cups for mixing, and popsicle sticks for the chalk. The cool thing about the popsicle mold is the ability to get various shapes and styles. You can also get glitter or other additions to make the chalk a little more girly if you want.
Mixing the Ingredients
Start by laying out your cups, one for each color you intend to mix and add a spoon to the cups for the mixing. You can also lay out your popsicle sticks and silicone mold so you can easily fill the mold as soon as you get the colors mixed up. Next, grab the plaster and food coloring, so they are close at hand.
You can then begin by putting 1/3 cup of water in each individual cup for the mixing. Next, measure out ½ cup of plaster as well as 3 Tablespoons of the plaster. Add the measured plaster to the cups of water, and mix each until they form a paste that almost looks like frosting. Then, add the food coloring you want to use for each cup. You can use drop food coloring or gel to get the desired color. You can also use tempera paint to get the desired color. After you mix in the color, add the mixtures to the popsicle molds and push the popsicle stick down into the mold as far as possible.
Part of making sidewalk chalk is waiting for the plaster and water mixture to harden. You can take them out as early as 45 minutes after putting the mixture into the mold, but many people prefer to wait a little longer. If you aren’t sure whether they are dry or not, you can always wait overnight or for a few hours to ensure that they are completely dry. When you take them out of the molds, set them upright in a cup to dry just a bit longer before using them to ensure that they are dry and hardened completely.
If you want to get your kids involved, you can teach them how to measure water and plaster in both liquid and dry measuring cups. You can explain how the mixing process works to create to chalk, and you can have them mix it up themselves. You can even have them pick out the colors they want to use to let them create their own customized chalk.
Color Scheme Options
Sometimes, you just need a little inspiration for your color scheme ideas for this project. Since you will want a variety of colors, you can try mixing and matching to get several colors to use. If you have the time and resources, you can make the entire rainbow. However, if you just want a few color combo options, here are few things you can try yourself.
- Light blue
- Light pink
- Light green
- Light purple
- Light yellow
- Light orange
- Bright blue
- Hot pink
- Lime green
- Electric purple
For even more color scheme ideas, you can head to your local paint store and grab a few sample cards. Have you kids pick colors and mix them together for a fun and adventurous way to explain colors like warm and cool shades. You can even teach them about color matching if you want.
During the summer months or during breaks from school, your kids scan get bored. If you are looking for a great way to pass the time, spend time with your kids, and teach them a little something while you are at it, a DIY craft project like this sidewalk chalk is a great way to do all three at one time. Your kids will enjoy getting to be involved in the project, and you can even turn it into science by explaining the way the plaster works to make chalk. This chalk is also a great project for keeping them busy even after it is made. The chalk is easy and inexpensive to make, and you can easily have something fun to do during the summer when they are needing some sort of fun to pass the time.