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Children’s Crafts -- Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Updated on December 30, 2011
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Kids love to draw outdoors with sidewalk chalk, but your little budding artists, along with the entire neighborhood can use a lot of chalk. Sidewalk chalk can get to be expensive when you are bringing out sticks and sticks every day. You can combat the problem and make your own sidewalk chalk. Making it is not only less expensive than buying, it is a lot of fun for you and the kids – well maybe for the kids, but it is fun to make and use.

Making sidewalk chalk requires some advanced planning.

Save your eggs shells and rinse them well as you use them. After rinsing, let them dry and put them in a large zippered plastic bag in the freezer until you are ready to make the chalk.

Put a pot of water on to boil and drop 12 egg shells in the boiling water for about three to five minutes. Carefully remove the egg shells from the water. Set them to the side and let them dry.

Place the egg shells on a cutting board and roll a rolling pin back and forth over them until the eggs shells are a fine powder.

Pour the egg shells into a strainer to sift out large pieces while the powder falls into a bowl.

In a separate bowl add 2 teaspoons of white flour and 1 tablespoon of boiling water. Mix the flour and water well to form a paste.

Combine the powdered egg shells with the paste and mix the ingredients together until well blended.

Pick up some of the mixture and roll it into a cigar shape.

Lay the wet chalk on paper towels and allow it to dry for a five to seven days.

Add a few drop of food coloring to the egg shell water when boiling to make colored chalk. The more food coloring you add, the deeper the color of chalk.

Make shapes such as fat rectangles or squares or get really creative and cut shapes out with a cookie cutter.

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    • Nicole S profile image

      Nicole S Hanson 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Very neat! I didn't know it was possible, thanks!

    • David Legg 7 profile image

      David Legg 7 

      6 years ago from Trout Paradise, Colorado

      That is a very cool hub!!! Thank you for the cool idea!

      David

    • natures47friend profile image

      natures47friend 

      6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Brilliant idea...they do use so much chalk too...

      Happy New Year.

    • Escapes profile imageAUTHOR

      Escapes 

      6 years ago

      It is actually easy to make it with the kids! It gives them something fun to make.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Well who knew?! In the past I've been surprised at the thought of making some home made products, but this one takes the cake. Love it, although I'm not sure I'll ever do it. What a great bit of knowledge to have in one's back pocket though! Thanks for sharing!

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