I am so in love with this project. It was inspired by a trip to Walmart where I discovered chalk Easter eggs among the Easter display. As soon as I saw them I thought, “Hey, I could make those.”
I have seen people make their own sidewalk chalk using toilet paper rolls to form the shape and have always thought about making some. So when I saw those eggs I wondered if instead of log shapes I could use plastic Easter eggs to make egg-shaped chalk?
And that’s what I did.
Wouldn’t these be pretty in your little one’s Easter Basket instead of candy?
I will warn you, this project is messier than I anticipated. While it cleans up easily, I was glad I decided to make my eggs outside on the driveway one sunny afternoon. That way my messy splatter is just a pretty mess of chalk when it dried, and there was very little clean up.
Please remember while Plaster of Paris is a soft plaster, you don’t want to dump it down your sink. That is why I used disposable cups, sticks and spoons.
- Plaster of Paris
- Disposable cups
- Popsicle sticks / plastic spoon
- Paint or food coloring
Before you start, line your plastic eggs with a thin layer of Vaseline.
Mix 1/2 cup of Plaster of Paris with 1/3 a cup of water with a Popsicle stick in a disposable cup. As you mix, add you color.
Note about color – all of the “recipes” I read used Tempura paints (liquid or powdered). I didn’t have any, so I used what I had — Crayola Washable Paints. I also tested food coloring. Both worked great. I preferred the colors of the paints (plus paints didn’t stain my hands as I mixed), so I made most with paints. While I recommend paint as the first choice, food coloring is an equally viable option.
Stir quickly, until your mixture is the constancy of frosting. If you start to get a cake batter consistency add more water. I found that with the paints, I needed to add water sometimes because some of the paints were drying up. With the food coloring no more water was needed.
Once the Plaster of Paris is fully mixed scoop/pour it into your egg mold. While messy, I found it best to overfill slightly and then let it ooze out as I put the halves together. This method gave me the fullest eggs.
Set the eggs in an empty egg carton to dry.
Each batch of mixture should produce about 1½ eggs. So I made several eggs that here half of one color and half of another (double the fun).
Leave the eggs to dry for a few hours. Then gently pry your eggs apart. I think I left mine outside for about 3-4 hours.
If you peek too soon, the eggs will crumble – I peeked after about an hour and learned the hard way.
Once you open your eggs, put them back in the egg carton to fully set overnight.
You may need to wipe them down a little from the Vaseline, but not much unless you were heavy-handed.
The sidewalk chalk eggs draw great. Plus they don’t produce typical chalk dust – a big perk in my book!