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Colorful Creative Salt  added 2-20-00 Original Author Unknown

Add 5-6 drops food coloring to 1/2 cup household salt. Stir well. Cook in microwave for 1-2 minutes or spread on waxed paper and let air dry. Store in an airtight container. Use as you would glitter.

Sidewalk Chalk added 6-27-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: 2 parts Plaster of Paris, 1 part of Bio color (it's a type of paint)

Directions: Stir until the consistency that is of frosting. (you may need to sprinkle more plaster in) Pour in to a muffin tin. Let it set for at least 24 hours. You could also pour it into cookie cutters for neat chalk shapes, or into Chard board tubes to make a stick of chalk. Just peel the tube away when it is dry.

Sidewalk Chalk added 4-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: toilet paper tubes, duct tape, waxed paper, 3/4 cup warm water, about 1-1/2 cup plaster of paris, 2 to 3 tsp powder tempera paint

Directions: Begin by making a mold for the homemade chalk. Cover one end of the tissue tube with duct tape. loosely roll up a piece of wax paper and slip it into the tube this lining will keep the plaster from sticking to the mold. Pour the warm water into a disposable plastic container sprinkle in the plaster of paris a little at a time, until the powder no longer dissolves (about twice as much plaster as water). Stir thoroughly with a spoon. Then, mix in the tempera paint. For pastel shades, combine white tempera with a primary hue. Rinse your spoon under an outdoor faucet to avoid clogging drains. Place the mold sealed end down on level surface and pour it into the wet plaster. Lightly tap the sides of the tube to release air bubble in the plaster. Let the chalk harden a couple of days. Then, remove the tape and slide the marking stick out of the mold.

Another one for Sidewalks ONLY added 4-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: 4-5 eggshells, 1 teaspoon flour, 1 teaspoon very hot tap water, food coloring (optional)

Directions: Wash & dry eggshells. Put into bowl and grind into a powder. A mortar and pestle works fine for this. Discard any large pieces. Place flour and hot water in another bowl and add 1 tablespoon eggshell powder & mix until a paste forms. Add food coloring if desired. Shape & press mixture firmly into the shape of a chalk stick, and roll up tightly in a strip of paper towel. Allow to dry approximately 3 days until hard. Remove paper towel and you've got chalk. Eggshell chalk is for sidewalks only.

Colored Sand Art added 4-7-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paint, sand, Plastic Ziplock bag

Directions: In a large ziplock bag mix sand and paint together. Zip up the bag. Shake, kneed, and mix the sand and the paint. Only add a little bit of paint at a time till you have the desired color.


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