Homemade sidewalk chalk


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.

homemade sidewalk chalk

 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

What you need:

  • 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)
  • 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

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Thanks for reading! Have a great day!


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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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9 comments on “Homemade sidewalk chalk”

  1. How fun and easy! I love that you made cute shapes out of them. Pinning this!!

  2. The thought of using the shape trays was so clever. Also the recipe is so simple. Love this, pinned!

  3. 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?

    • 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!

  4. 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?

    • 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. :)

  5. Pinning! My 17mo daughter has just discovered chalk at playgroup and loves it! These would be perfect for her hands, and I think my in laws still have some P.o.P left!

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