What To Do With Leftover Sidewalk Chalk

What To Do With Leftover Sidewalk Chalk

If your family is anything like ours, your kids probably have enough sidewalk chalk to stripe a football field. They would get some from us every Spring, as well as from the Aunts & Uncles for birthdays and Christmas. It got to the point where we started pouring them into a dedicated tote just to keep them all in one place.

Have a lot of unused sidewalk chalk laying around? Turn it into chalk paint with this 2-ingredient recipe in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

And we never could find a good solution for those nubs of chalk once they were nearly used up. At some point it became painful to use them, knuckles scraping on the cement. But throwing them away seemed like such a waste (yes, we use soap slivers until they’re gone also). I had an idea of something we could do with them, and after a Google search to confirm my plan would work, we embarked on an afternoon project of making our own chalk paint!

Have a lot of unused sidewalk chalk laying around? Turn it into chalk paint with this 2-ingredient recipe in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

We began by sorting like colors into gallon-size plastic bags. Different manufacturers had slightly different shades, but once mixed it would be rather uniform.

Have a lot of unused sidewalk chalk laying around? Turn it into chalk paint with this 2-ingredient recipe in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

I also recommend wrapping the bag an an old towel or rag. You will certainly end up with some holes in the plastic, and this will keep the dust from spilling out onto your surface. A rubber mallet works best and is easy enough for the kids to use themselves!

Have a lot of unused sidewalk chalk laying around? Turn it into chalk paint with this 2-ingredient recipe in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

Now comes the experimental part – mixing in some water. You’ll want to slowly add water (and stir) until it reaches the consistency you’re looking for. We opted for something close to regular paint or school glue, but you might want it thicker or thinner depending on your application. Once mixed, we transferred it into old butter tubs or condiment bottles for easier application.

Have a lot of unused sidewalk chalk laying around? Turn it into chalk paint with this 2-ingredient recipe in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

Then it was as simple as using a paintbrush to apply it! A drawback of regular sidewalk chalk is no matter how hard you try, it won’t go on thick (and thus doesn’t last very long). With this paint method and varying liquid thicknesses, you can really “paint it on” (pun intended) so the final product is much more vibrant and dense.

Have a lot of unused sidewalk chalk laying around? Turn it into chalk paint with this 2-ingredient recipe in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

Of course, painting it on this thick means it doesn’t go as far, but much further than those unused bits and pieces of chalk you had in the first place. Our girls opted to paint an entire section of the sidewalk in its own shade of orange.

Have a lot of unused sidewalk chalk laying around? Turn it into chalk paint with this 2-ingredient recipe in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

Then once it dried, they went back over it with a darker green to show some school pride (PV = Pleasant Valley). With two thick layers of chalk, I believe this will outlast the rest of the Spring thunderstorms!

Have a lot of unused sidewalk chalk laying around? Turn it into chalk paint with this 2-ingredient recipe in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

The entire project was done in just a couple hours, including cleanup. It’s always great to have an inexpensive (free) craft project at your fingertips, and even better when it uses ingredients that were destined for the trash bin!

Have a lot of unused sidewalk chalk laying around? Turn it into chalk paint with this 2-ingredient recipe in an afternoon! - SahmReviews.com

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21 comments on «What To Do With Leftover Sidewalk Chalk»

  1. Christina A. says:

    Turning it into paint is a great idea–I’ve never thought of that!

  2. Jacqui Odell says:

    I may go out and buy chalk just to make the paint! I think my kids would love it.

  3. I remember playing with chalk on the street when I was young. This is a fun idea and a great way to use up old or broken chalk.

  4. Michele says:

    What a great idea!! I know when I worked in preschool we always had tons of extra chalk the kids would have loved this.

  5. CourtneyLynne says:

    Oooo how cleaver!!!! We have tons of broken boxes of chalk laying around! Definitely going to do this with my daughter:)

  6. This is a great idea. I have a few pieces of broken chalk lying around and I didn’t know what to do with them. Now I do!

  7. Jennifer H says:

    How creative of your hubby! This DIY turned out great. We have so much chalk – I’m sure the boys would love for me to turn some into paint. 🙂

  8. Lee says:

    What a great idea! I don’t know why I never thought of that! I have to do this with the boys.

  9. Brian Chow says:

    Make Space Dust!

  10. Linda Hang says:

    Fairy dust!

  11. Marcie W. says:

    What a fun idea and a great way to upcycle. This would make for the perfect summer activity.

  12. Sparks says:

    Always great to use up the last little pieces of something. Keeps them from just laying around as well as makes it last a bit longer. Good thinking.

  13. Maggie says:

    Waste not, want not. A great activity!

  14. Josh Christian says:

    What great ideas!

  15. Debra Branigan says:

    I have never thought of that and that is a clever idea. Thanks for writing.

  16. Jordan Binkerd says:

    Ingenious! I’ll have to remember that…..

  17. Joy Venters says:

    Really good idea

  18. cammie scoles says:

    Thank you, I now know what to do with all the chalk i have

  19. Donna L Holder says:

    this so cool. thank you

  20. Devon Pickford says:

    That’s awesome! I Had no idea you could make this, what a great idea for older kids (or me, I hate the texture of chalk lol)

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