Have you seen the adorable shaped chalks they have on Etsy? Well, I have. And I may or may not totally covet them.
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This led me to wonder - could you make your own chalk? The shops on Etsy do, so maybe there was a recipe we could follow here at home! I googled and found this recipe from Poppy Haus, which looked lovely - but you know how much I love vibrant colors. Well, and Colorations Liquid Watercolors.
So you know I had to try to develop my own recipe! I tried it, and THIS is what we got:
Sorry there are so many photos...
But I was pretty excited...
With how well they turned out.
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And how cute are the heart shapes? We used the same silicone heart mold that we did to make S's Valentine's Crayons for Valentine's Day earlier this year.
We had so much fun making bright, vibrant chalk drawings!
S made a cat.
One last shot of the awesome chalk!!!
OK, so now for the recipe. Here's the thing - it will vary depending on how bright you want your chalk and what mold you are using, etc, etc. So I figured I would explain it by photos rather than measurements. First, pick whatever silicone mold you want. You might be able to use molds other than silicone, but I don't know - silicone is the only kind I tried. Second step, fill just the bottom of the mold with Colorations Liquid Watercolors (What are Liquid Watercolors?) and add the same amount of water. You should have about this much liquid:
Next add scoop after scoop of Plaster of Paris. We use craft plaster (the very same that we use to make our Dinosaur Fossils) that we get in a small bucket from our local craft store, Michaels. With a coupon, I can get the buckets for $2. It took nearly a whole bucket to make our nine heart chalks. You want to keep adding plaster until it thickens up to the point that it looks like this:
Once the mixture is that thick (stirrable, but not watery), leave it to dry. If your chalk mixture is on the dry side, it will dry in an hour or two; if your mix is more watery, it will just take more time to dry. It's a pretty forgiving recipe - I never measured for any of the nine chalks, just did it all by eye and they turned out fine. :)
And finally, I know some of you are wondering if you can substitute food coloring for Colorations Liquid Watercolors. My answer is that I think it should be fine - I just am not 100% sure it won't leave a faint stain on your sidewalk/driveway, so if you are worried about that, I wouldn't do it. I left our chalk art for several days, then gave it a quick rinse. After it dried it looked like this:
You can see some faint color from the orange and blue chalk we used. Two days later, I couldn't find any, but if you have a light driveway and are very concerned about any potential staining, you might not want to try this. (For reference, when we use store bought chalk, we also see some residue for a few days - maybe it's the texture in our driveway?).
If you liked this chalk, you may also enjoy our Scented Sidewalk Paint for more outdoor summer fun!
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Beautiful chalk, Asia!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Dyan! :)Delete
These look awesome! I have to try this :) Pinning :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jennifer! :)Delete
this looks wonderful - a must try! many thanks for the lovely tutorial - hollyReplyDelete
Thank you so much ourschoolathome168! Hope you all love it as much as we do!!! :)Delete
It is always so exciting to read your posts, and this was as amazing as I was hoping for! So fun...we will be trying this for sure!ReplyDelete
Oh thank you so much, PreschoolInspirations! You are so sweet to say so!!! Hope you all enjoy it as much as we do! :)Delete
I love how creativity begets creativity. This post gave me an idea, which I tried out and succeeded with -- hooray! Here's what you inspired me to try: http://preschoolinspirations.com/2013/07/20/diy-sea-stars/ReplyDelete
OOOH! They are awesome Katie! Off to pin them!Delete
Awww,thanks Asia! I tried to put in a pinterest button on them, but I don't have a blog that supports that yet. One day :).Delete
Meh, no worries. It's easy enough without one - my old blog couldn't support the pin it plug-in either! :)Delete
Love this :) Thanks so much for the tutorial!ReplyDelete
Yay! So glad you love it, Cristina and hope you all have as much fun with your custom chalk as we have! :)ReplyDelete
I love your ideas but if I can't. Find the plaster Paris what can I use?ReplyDelete
Hi Ilen - I don't know of any substitutions. Any craft or home improvement store should carry it!Delete
Has anyone tried it with food coloring?! I'll be doing that toda.. Hope the colors are just as vibrant! Thanks so much!ReplyDelete