How to Make Ice Pop Sidewalk Chalk

Did you know you could make your own sidewalk chalk?

The kids are going to love this special “treat” this summer. But these ice pops aren't for eating, they are for art! These ice pop sidewalk chalks are perfect as party favors or for any time the family is outside enjoying the weather. Plus, the crafts stick handles mean fewer messy, dusty hand prints. Once the kids have gone through the first chalks, just whip up another batch!

What you need

Tools

  • Silicone ice pop mold
  • Measuring cups

Materials

  • Plaster of paris
  • Crafts sticks
  • Assorted food colorings
  • Water
  • Large disposable cup
  • Plastic spoons

How to do it

Step 1 Base

Each ice pop color will be made in a different cup, but each color will use the same measurements. Start with 1/3-cup of cold water. Add in a few drops of food coloring and stir. The more food coloring, the darker the pigment the chalk will have. Next, add 2/3 cup plaster of Paris and carefully stir it into the colored water.

Step 2 Molds

Before the mixture has a chance to dry, pour each color into one of the silicone molds.  Some ice pop molds require you to place the crafts stick in the mold before you pour your mixture. If the mold does not, slide the crafts stick into the wet mixture after it is poured. Allow the chalks to set for at least one hour in the mold. Using a silicone mold means that the chalk should come out easily. Plastic molds would stick to the plaster mixture. Allow the chalk to fully dry (about 3–4 hours) before using. 

Step 3 Customize

Once you've mastered the basic recipe, try customizing your homemade sidewalk chalk with fun color combinations. Try swirling two together or layering them in your molds. This easy craft for kids also makes a fun summer party favor or gift. Package them up in clear containers and add a tag with the recipe. You'll never run out of sidewalk chalk again with this easy recipe.

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