Project Alicia : Not So Wordless Wednesday: DIY 4th of July Chalk (with recipe)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Not So Wordless Wednesday: DIY 4th of July Chalk (with recipe)

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Items Needed for DIY Chalk
Plaster of Paris (found at Lowe's)
Water
Food Coloring (preferably gel)
Wax Paper
Plastic Cups
Silicone Mold
Stirring Sticks

Directions
Pour a little Plaster of Paris into a cup and add water. Repeat until you get the desired consistency. The thinner it is the longer it will take to dry out later, but you need to be able to stir in the food coloring. You should aim for the consistency of pudding. Pour it into the mold and then let it sit to dry out. Takes about 1 1/2-2 hours. Pop them out of mold and enjoy your very own homemade chalk.

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You are welcome to grab this recipe card. It has been formatted in a 4x6 size. Just save it as a picture and print it out on cardstock or photo paper. (For personal use only.)

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116 comments:

  1. Okay, I know what we are going to try and make this week! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!;)

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  2. How fun! The pictures are great {love the colors!} and I really appreciate the recipe. I'm putting the supplies on our grocery list right now! Thank you.

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  3. I'm loving this...may just have to make some for my nephew...for Canada Day! ;)

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  4. Those are SOOOOOO cool!! I didn't even know you could do that! You are very clever Alicia :)

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  5. Oh, that is just too cool...we have got to try this! Thanks

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  6. our kids are actually planning on making this during their summer break--great idea. We're using tempura paint to color ours.

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  7. okay now this is just AWESOME! What a great project for any age!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this! They look great! :)

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  9. Awesome post! I have those same (or close to it) stars. It's an ice tray. We will definitely have to give this a try! I'll be back later to participate in Wordless Wednesday! ;-)

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  10. You are so creative! Can I just have you send me some of those? ;)

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  11. What a great idea....

    Happy WW

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  12. This is great!! What an awesome mom you are...

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  13. What a great idea I bet your kids love it! I sent the link to my daughters.

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  14. how cool! I never thought of making my own chalk. So pretty! :)

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  15. Tater's new favorite thing is drawing with chalk - I'm gonna have to try this one out!

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  16. Oh how much FUN is that!
    You are every KIDS dream for a MOMMY!
    So CUTE!!!!!
    I'm LOVIN this idea!
    Happy FOurth of July Week!
    xo

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  17. I LOVE THIS POST!!! I have to try this with my kidlets, thank you ssoooo much for sharing such a FAB idea!! Happy WW!

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  18. What a fun & messy ( thats what makes it fun) project to do with the kiddos! Have a great week & a Happy 4th! Faythe @GMT

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  19. Wow, what a cool mom you are. How much fun.
    @lonestarlifer
    Paula

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  20. We love making our own crafting/art supplies, so I have definitely bookmarked this to try later! :)

    Happy not-so WW!

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  21. My kids are going to LOVE this! Can't wait to try it out!

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  22. I am definitely adding a star to this in my reader. I have got to try it. The pictures are very fun and really help make it look like a do-able craft.

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  23. thanks for sharing....
    will have to try this

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  24. WOW! thats amazing! thanks for sharing!

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  25. Very Cool! I didn't know there was a way to make home-made chalk!

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  26. How cool is that?! You are such a star! ;-) My girls would totally love making that!

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  27. So cool! I'm going to give this a try this weekend. I know my kids are going to love it!

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  28. Wow, this project looks so cool, and easy enough it ALMOST makes me think I could do it!!

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  29. What a great idea! We use so much chalk, the kids will love making their own.

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  30. Natalie over at Mommy of a Monster suggested that I link up my post to you today! I love the chalk idea, it looks like a ton of fun!

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  31. What a totally cute idea! I'm going to have to make me some of these, my son loves chalk!

    Thanks for hosting!

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  32. Love this idea. My kids are really into sidewalk chalk.

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  33. PS. I stumbled it for you. Hey you never know...could help!

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  34. That's such a creative project . . . wow!!

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  35. That is so cool and something I must make with my daughter :) thanks for posting! Awesome pictures as always ;)

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  36. great shots and what a creative idea.

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  37. I love the idea! My kids will also love it.

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  38. Consider this idea OFFICIALLY stolen. SO cool!

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  39. Wow! I would've never thought about doing it this way and thank you for the recipe. Now I'm going to do the same with my kids.

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  40. who knew!
    a nice little story board

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  41. This is such a great activity for the 4th. I love the colors!

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  42. What a great idea. I'll make some with my granddaughter.Thanks

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  43. that chalk looks really professional. too bad my 15 month old son eats chalk. maybe next year

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  44. Wow! Great idea. I've been looking for a 4th craft to do with The Dudes. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. The girls will LOVE this, thanks so much. What a great idea!!!

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  46. What a cool thing to make! I'm going to have try this one out!

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  47. Okay now this is cool. My kids are going to love you LOL

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  48. Thanks for the project!!!! Will have to try this with the Munchkins ;) Happy WW!

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  49. COOL! I'm gonna have to try that. :)

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  50. Whaaaaa? I can make homemade CHALK! Who knew?

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  51. what a great idea! I'll have to save that...

    Happy WW!

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  52. That's so cool! You're so crafty! Happy WW!

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  53. Thanks for the recipe for chalk!!
    My girls are always running out.
    ;)

    Tammi
    http://www.myorganizedchaos.net/2010/06/wordless-wednesday-twins-in-love/

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  54. I HAVE to try this with my kids. They'd love it!! And I even have the star ice cube tray!

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  55. What a great idea! Looks easy, fast, useful, and fun!

    Thanks for the great tip and recipe!

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  56. PERFECT idea!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  57. Thanks for sharing! This is such a great idea, once my lil siblings are back I have to do this with them! They would love it!

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  58. You made those YOURSELF? Those are fabulous! Better than you could find at the store.

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  59. That is excellent! I love it! I might have to make some sometime in the coming weeks. Happy WW!

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  60. What a wonderful idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. Wow. You are a brave woman. I'm debating whether plaster of paris is something I'm willing to open within 20 yards of my 2-year-old tornado on two legs.

    That said, this looks like tons of fun. Maybe, just maybe I'll give it a whirl.

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  62. i keep meaning to make this with my kids! thanks for the reminder :-D

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  63. Now I wish I hadn't bought sidewalk chalk for the kids. We could've made our own! I feel like an idiot for saying this, but I had no idea that you could make your own sidewalk chalk. Looks like you and the kids had a great time creating works of art. We'll have to give this a try sometime!
    Great photos Lish! Thanks for stopping by and linking up. Happy Wordless Wednesday!

    Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud
    @TweetingMama

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  64. oh, this fun project - I am so going to try this one!

    tiarastantrums.com

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  65. WOW!!! What a fun idea!!! I'm bookmarking this right now and doing this craft this weekend!! :)

    New follower :)

    http://goobergrapemonkeyman.blogspot.com

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  66. I love this WW that's not so wordless! The layout, the colors, the recipe card! I LOVE IT!

    Thanks for visiting mine. =)

    ~Mimi @ Woven by Words

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  67. You are WAY too crafty! That really is a great idea!

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  68. That just looks like such a fun activity, we are going to have to try it too! Thanks :)

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  69. Those are almost too cute to use! Fun summer project.

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  70. These are absolutely adorable - i finally did my first WW... yeah!!

    XOXO
    Kiki

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  71. I can't wait to make these!! What a fun and creative idea. I'm just going to hang out here for awhile and "borrow" your music as I work today. Love it!

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  72. The colors, the layout, the recipe card...so CUTE! I love your no-so-wordless Wednesday! It's probably one of the coolest ones I've seen!=)

    ~Mimi @ Woven by Words

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  73. That's awesome!!! Thanks for sharing! I will never buy chalk again!

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  74. Love the pics. Awsome recipie with a recipie card. Have you though of watermarking your photos? Ive seen a lot of posts of stolen photos.

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  75. That is really fun!! We're going to have to try it!!

    Thanks for the Linky!!

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  76. Where do you come up with such fun and cool kid stuff! Can you be my momma????!!!!!

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  77. how neat! I didn't know that you could make homemade chalk! So pretty and this is a great time killer as well.

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  78. Love this! I just saw a sidewalk chalk recipe using old TP rolls, I like the shapes though!! What a great project!!

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  79. What an amazing idea! I will have to book mark this so I can come back and get the instructions again.

    Btw, have I told you how much I love the music on your site? No? Well I DO! I always leave your page open just to listen to the music LOL

    Happy WW!

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  80. I had no idea you could make your own chalk! Such a great idea!

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  81. WOW!! I had no idea you could actually make chalk at home. This would such a fun project for me to do with my daughter. Thanks!

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  82. How crafty are you???!!! I love that! Totally going to make it!

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  83. Thanks for the recipe - I had no idea chalk could be made that way!

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  84. Great idea and great pictures! So festive. =)

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  85. That looks fun! My kids would surely love to try it. TFS!

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  86. Wonderful idea! Although we don't celebrate 4th of July back here, my little ones would love that. Thank you for sharing.

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  87. OK! Everything you do is super impressive!! I love it :) Happy WW! Thanks for stopping by and sorry for the late link up, I was "connection-less" this a.m.!!

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  88. Great tutorial! I might give it a try this year :)

    Your kids sure look like they had a bunch of fun with it.

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  89. Thanks for sharing this 'recipe'!! Can't wait to try it!!

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  90. Question for you - what kind of RED food coloring did you use? Just good old grocery store brand or was it Wilton Red? We made a batch this afternoon and my red is not as pretty as your red?! =(

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  91. I never thought of making my own chalk before. Great idea!

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  92. Great...will do this with my four year old today!!!
    Wow...all your link ups....Go Girl,
    Janette

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  93. Wow. What a great find. And just in time for the holiday. Thanks for sharing.

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  94. What a great idea! That is so neat...

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  95. This post has been selected as one of my great posts of the week. Here is the link to my post.

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  96. Just an fyi: You may get several more hits on this post, as I think I am going to try to link up to your instructions for our mommies' site newsletter, I hope that's cool! :)

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  97. Great party. Thanks for linking to Its So Very Creative. I am adding your sidewalk chalk to my favs list(that post will be up tonight)

    I added a faux driftwood boat to your linky party. I would love to have it featured on your blog. I am post #127.

    Have you ever checked out www.linkytools.com where you can have the pictures--I think it has added a lot to my parties. I like it so much better than inlinkz.

    I am originally from the Midwest--Kansas City--close to Iowa.

    Cheri

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  98. My kids and I made this about a week ago. I noticed that the color bleeds in when it's dry. Also, after the kids were done drawing, there hands were stained from the food coloring. Although it was a blast and super easy to make, I don't see us making it again.

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    1. Anonymous, I'm happy to hear it was fun, but I'm sorry you had the bleeding and staining. I can tell you that we never had either of those issues. I'm wondering if it could have something to do with the type of dye that you used? Or if it didn't set up long enough? We used both regular and gel food coloring. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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