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Hello friends! Happy Tuesday! As a part of the Lowe’s creative team, we are challenged each month to create something new. This month’s challenge was to create something fun for summer. I decided to make homemade sidewalk chalk with my kids. They absolutely loved it. They thought it was so fun to pick their colors and shapes.

 This is definitely a great project to keep the kids busy this summer. Yay for summer!

Homemade sidewalk chalk in all different shapes from iheartnaptime.com

Homemade sidewalk chalk


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup plaster of paris
  • 2-3 TB washable tempera paint
  • Candy molds/ice cube trays (found mine at ikea)
  • Useful to have on hand:
  • Disposable bowls
  • Plastic spoons
  • Paper towels or newspaper


  1. Combine warm water and plaster of paris in a small bowl. Stir with spoon until clumps are removed.
  2. Add paint and stir until combined.
  3. Once the chalk starts to get thick (like buttercream frosting) pour mixture into molds.
  4. Wipe around the edges of the mold with a damp paper towel to remove any excess paint.
  5. Allow chalk to dry for at least 24 hours before using.
  6. Take your chalk outside and let your kids go wild!

Place the flower chalk in a mini pot and it makes a great gift!

Homemade sidewalk chalk in all different shapes from iheartnaptime.com

The great thing about homemade sidewalk chalk is that it only takes 3 ingredients to make. If you’ve made my chalk paint before, you’ll already have most of the ingredients on hand. Score!

 Homemade sidewalk chalk in all different shapes from iheartnaptime.com

Thanks to Lowe’s for sponsoring this post and allowing me to be a Lowe’s Creator!  If you want even more inspiration, then check out the projects by other Lowe’s Creators or download the Lowe’s Creative Ideas app on the iphone and ipad.  Also, for even more inspiration consider following Lowe’s on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.


Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to create this project.  All opinions are 100% mine! I love Lowes! 

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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7 Responses to “Homemade sidewalk chalk”

  1. CityMama

    This looks like so much fun! Could you use actual ice cube trays (the rigid plastic kind) or would that make it too hard to get the chalk out?

    • Jamielyn

      The homemade chalk really is so much fun! You could try using ice cube trays, but it may be a little harder to pop out. The molds are pretty flexible so they come out really easy!

  2. Sylvia

    How safe is this really for kids? The plaster of Paris bag I bought has lots of warnings about inhaling the dust or irritating eyes, even irritating the skin let alone swallowing the stuff ! What do you think?

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Sylvia! There are always concerns with every product. With this chalk in particular, I just make sure I am outside with the kids supervising. :)