How to Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Making homemade sidewalk chalk is fun and easy! Kids can customize their sidewalk chalk colors making it something fun to do with kids of all ages.

Image shows sidewalk chalk DIY to create obstacle courses. Idea from KAB
Make your own chalk!

How to Make Sidewalk Chalk

We love playing outside with sidewalk chalk and had never thought about making our own, but it was surprisingly simple and a colorful craft we enjoyed. You can make regular chalk or can use a silicone mold to make fun chalk.

You only need 3 ingredients, and a handful of household supplies that you will most likely find in your kitchen junk drawer. Our DIY sidewalk chalk tutorial is so quick and easy that your kids will be drawing beautiful sidewalk murals in no time! 

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How To Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Supplies Needed

Directions to Make DIY Sidewalk Chalk

How To Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
You don’t have to buy expensive molds. Just use basic coin rolls to shape your homemade sidewalk chalk!

Step 1

Prepare cardboard tubes by taping off one end with tape. Cut paper towel tubes in half. 

How To Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
Can you guess what the basic ingredient to this sidewalk chalk recipe is? It’s plaster of paris!

Step 2

Mix 1 cup plaster of paris with ¾ cup water until well combined.

How To Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
I keep a set of mixing bowls and silicone spatulas that I only use for crafty things, like making homemade sidewalk chalk!

Step 3

Add tempera paint. Amount will depend on what color you want. Start with about 4 tablespoons. Mix well.

How To Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
Mix the plaster of paris and the tempera paint, well.

Step 4

Fill each tube with plaster mixture.

Step 5

Tap the tube on your work surface to release any air bubbles from the sidewalk chalk.

How To Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
Kids LOVE this step! It’s so cool to see your DIY sidewalk chalk take form!

Step 6

Let sit for 2-3 hours and remove the cardboard tube beginning with the tape. Don’t leave in cardboard longer than 24 hours. 

Step 7

Place chalk on wire rack to dry completely, 3-4 days before using.

How To Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
Do your kids prefer drawing or writing with their sidewalk chalk? Don’t forget games! Make a huge tic tac toe board, or you can play hopscotch!

Variations on Sidewalk Chalk Recipe

No paint on hand? You can try food coloring. Use less of it, because it will thin out the chalk mixture. However, a thin chalk mixture will also be fun to use with spray bottles or squeeze bottles. But that would be more like diy sidewalk chalk paint.

Sidewalk Chalk Ideas We Love

Aside from drawing epic sidewalk murals, here are fun ways to keep your kids learning and creating with sidewalk chalk:

  • Take family game night outside and use sidewalk chalk to draw game boards the whole family can enjoy! Rub it in, in front of the entire neighborhood, that your kiddo beat dad at tic-tac-toe! {giggle} 
  • Speaking of some healthy family competition, use sidewalk chalk to create a fun obstacle course in your yard!
  • Transform your driveway into a race track for bikes, using sidewalk chalk and your imagination!
  • Looking for a fun way to bring the neighborhood together? Here is how to host a fun and easy “chalk your walk” event in your neighborhood!
  • Have your kids surprise a neighbor by decorating their walkway or sidewalk with their sidewalk chalk masterpieces (with their permission of course!). Not only is this a fun activity, it teaches kids to think of others! 
  • Do you have new kids on your block? Help your kids make a batch of homemade sidewalk chalk to leave on their front porch with a “welcome to the neighborhood” note! 

Chalk Toys & Supplies We Love

How To Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

How To Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Creating sidewalk chalk art is one of the most treasured childhood memories for both parents and children. Save time and money by learning how to make homemade sidewalk chalk with this easy tutorial!

Materials

  • Cardboard tubes from paper towel or toilet paper, we used coin wrappers
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Tempera paint
  • Duct tape or heavy packing tape
  • Containers for mixing
  • Rubber spatula

Instructions

    1. Prepare cardboard tubes by taping off one end with tape. Cut paper towel tubes in half. 
    2. Mix 1 cup plaster of paris with ¾ cup water until well combined.
    3. Add tempera paint. Amount will depend on what color you want. Start with about 4 tablespoons. Mix well.
    4. Fill each tube with plaster mixture.
    5. Tap the tube on your work surface to release any air bubbles.
    6. Let sit for 2-3 hours and remove the cardboard tube beginning with the tape. Don’t leave in cardboard longer than 24 hours.
    7. Place chalk on wire rack to dry completely, 3-4 days before using.

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How did your DIY sidewalk chalk turn out?

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