27 February 2014

Mess free sidewalk chalk recipe - Recette simple et sans dégât de craies à trottoir

My two children have sensory processing disorder, and they both hate getting dirty. I always try to find a way to get them to explore sensory and craft materials that will not make messy hands. I had the idea to make my sidewalk chalks in empty deodorant containers. My first test was unsuccessful, but the second test worked and I am very proud! Chalks are retractable and you can take it anywhere without fear that they will make a mess in your car or purse. They are ready to go! That's a great recipe to make WITH the kids. They'll be so proud to make the chalks plus it's a good introduction to measuring notions.

Mes deux enfants ont le trouble de l'intégration sensorielle et détestent se salir les mains. J'essaie toujours de trouver une manière de les amener à explorer du matériel d'arts plastiques sans qu'ils se salissent. J'ai eu l'idée d'essayer de faire mes craies dans des contenants vides de déodorant. Mon premier essai a été infructeux, mais le second a fonctionné et j'en suis très fière! Les craies sont rétractables et vous pouvez les amener partout sans avoir peur qu'elles salissent l'auto ou votre sac à main.




The texture of the sidewalk chalk is smooth and very colorful. It does not leave a residue on your hand or a powder on the paper or sidewalk.

La texture des craies de trottoir est lisse et très colorée. Elles ne laissent pas de résidu sur vos mains ou une poudre sur le papier ou sur le trottoir.


Plus, they are easy to store: simply put the lid back!

De plus, elles sont faciles à ranger: Il suffit de remettre le couvercle!


The recipe is simple: 125 ml of plaster of Paris and 65 ml of cold water. For each color of chalk, you pour water into a disposable cup and you add liquid watercolor. You could also use food coloring or tempera paint. Next, add the plaster of Paris and mix it until you get a smooth texture. If you do not want to use deodorant containers, you can pour the mixture into silicone molds or in cardboard rolls. However, I must say that it is much easier to do with empty deodorants containers. You can buy them on Ebay, or you can also recycle your old deodorant containers, or even buy new deodorants at the dollar tree store and just empty the contents. You have several options.

La recette est bien simple: 125 ml de plâtre de Paris et 65 ml d'eau froide.  Pour chaque couleur de craie que je désire, je verse l'eau dans un verre jetable et j'ajoute de l'aquarelle liquide. Vous pouvez aussi utiliser du colorant alimentaire ou de la gouache. En suite, ajoutez le plâtre de Paris et mélanger jusqu'à ce que vous obteniez une texture lisse. Si vous ne voulez pas utiliser des contenants de déodorants, vous pouvez verser le mélange dans des moules en silicone ou encore dans des rouleaux de carton. Cependant, je dois avouer que c'est beaucoup plus facile de le faire avec des contenants vide de déodorants. Vous pouvez en acheter sur Ebay ou cet autre modèle (je ne l'ai pas essayé, cependant), ou vous pouvez aussi recycler vos vieux déodorants, ou même en acheter au magasin à 1$ et vider le contenu. Vous avez plusieurs options.


Before pouring the mixture, you have to coat the inside of the container with Vaseline. Make sure to apply it everywhere and at the bottom of the inside too. Then, pour the mixture and let it harden. In less than 4 hours, your sidewalk chalks will be ready to be used.

Avant de verser le mélange, il faut enduire l'intérieur du contenant de déodorant de Vaseline. Assurez-vous d'en appliquer partout et dans le bas de l'intérieur aussi. Ensuite, verser le mélange et laisser durcir. En moins de 4 heures, les craies de trottoir seront prêtes à être utilisées.



Once the chalks is all used, you can recycle over and over your deodorant containers!

Une fois que vous avez utilisé toutes vos craies de trottoir, vous pouvez recycler à l'infini vos contenants de déodorant!







 I LOVE that the sidewalk chalks are retractable!

J'ADORE le fait que les craies de trottoir soient  rétractables!


Have fun!

Amusez-vous!



53 comments:

  1. Super idée.. Mais quel est la marque de tes déos... Parce que dove et axe on des plateau troué dans le fond.... Ca doit couler non????

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    1. Oh, je suis désolée, j'avais complètement oubliée de répondre. Moi, j'ai acheté mes contenants sur Ebay, et cela ne coule pas. Je ne peux malheureusement pas te répondre pour la marque Dove et Axe. Cependant, j'aurais tendance à penser que cela ne coulera pas, puisqu'eux aussi ont du couler leur produit à l'intérieur.. Si tu l'essaie, vient me donner tes résultats. :)

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  2. This is great-- thanks for the tip on buying empty containers on eBay. I'm going to give this a try! Hugs from Michigan

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    1. Hello! I want to thank you very much for your lovely visit and kind words :) Let me know how it went. Do not hesitate if you have a question :) Hugs too :)

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  3. Great Idea, Im going to make them next week!
    Thanks from Florida

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your lovely visit! It makes me very happy that you loved it :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer! That is very kind. I'm very happy that you liked it :)

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  5. Great idea once i am in my new home with a driveway my landlords wont yell about kids using for sidewalk chalk i am so doing this...

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    1. Thank you very for stopping by Jessica :) We just bought our very first "new" house and this chalks does not leave a residue at all. Once it rains, it is gone :) I'm glad that your kids will have many hours of fun ahead:)

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  6. I can't wait to try! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Dawn! Please, do not hesitate if you have questions if you want to share with me how it did �� Have a good weekend!

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  7. Old chapstick container work? May be nice to have a smaller one.

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    1. Good morning Elaine. Absolutely. Actually, I wanted to try it for my next batch with lip balm containers. I bought some on Ebay.

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    2. Old Chapstick container would be awesome chalk for chalkboards. Would be cool for teachers:)

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    1. Thank you so much! And thank you for your lovely visit! :)

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  9. My kids love playing with sidewalk chalk & ate always disappointed when it breaks. This is a perfect alternative not to mention how fun it would be to do together. Definitely gonna do this as a family project. Thank you for the wonderful idea.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment Kathy. Indeed, that's a great way not to have broken chalks! Your kids will never have this problem again :) You can also use lip balm containers or old glue sticks containers :) I wish you an excellent time with your kids this summer! :)

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  10. Brilliant! I love this idea. One question, how much liquid watercolor did you add to the water? thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you very much Carie! Liquid watercolor is very concentrate so you do not have to add a lot. Just add a few drops to the water before mixing it. I would say that I have added maybe a teaspoon of liquid watercolor to the water because I wanted it more concentrate :) Hope this helped! Do not hesitate if you have more questions. Have a good weekend!

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  11. Where do you find liquid watercolor? Love this idea for my niece and nephews!

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    1. Hello Cathy! Usually, you should be able to find it in a art and craft store. Sometimes, some dollar tree store carry it too. If you do not find it, you can also order it on the Internet. But, food coloring will give the same exact results. I used liquid watercolor because it usually offers more color choice. :) Hope this helped. Please, do not hesitate if you have more questions.:)

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  12. I cannot wait to try this and I get to practice my French.

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  13. This is awesome. I don't like getting my hands dirty and my son is the only 1 yr old I ever saw cry after outing his hands in his cake. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Beth! I'm really glad you loved it :)

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  14. So excited to try this! Thank you for such detailed instructions :)

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  15. Very cool idea!they look very bright.i can't wait to make some.

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  16. How do you wash it off the sidewalk. And thank you so much for sharing this recipe

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  17. Thank you Tina for your visit. I usually leave it on my driveway until the next rain. It washed off super easily and it never stained my driveway or sidewalk. You could use your hose too.

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  18. I have tried this many times and I can't get it to roll up. what is the trick?

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    1. My guess is that you do not apply enough Vaseline inside the container. Apply a thick layer everywhere inside and the bottom too.

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  19. I might try this looks like fun for the kids...thanks for the tip on the deodorant tubes on ebay...

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    1. Good morning Cynthia. Thank you very much for your visit and your lovely comment. I haven't check in a while, but I'm glad the seller still sell the deodorant tubes :) Wish you lots of fun with this activity and if you have questions, please do not hesitate. :) Have an excellent weekend! :)

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  20. Chapstick containers would be good for smaller ones too!! For these i would dip a small paintbrush in baby oil or cooking oil instead of the vaseline.

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    1. Good morning Mrs Juarez. Thank you very much for your visit. That's an excellent idea with the chapsticks! Please, let me know how it turned out if you try it :) Wish you an excellent weekend!

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  21. Teachers could use empty glue stick containers. They would be small enough for classrooms and they have plenty available as a resource!

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    1. Hello! Thank you for your visit. You are absolutely right, old glue containers work great. I invite you to visit my other post that I used glue sticks containers to make 3D sidewalk chalks. Here is the link: http://de-tout-et-de-rien-caroline.blogspot.com/2014/05/homemade-3d-sidewalk-chalks-recette.html

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  22. Ok so am being slow or can you explain how the 65ml water and 125ml plaster turns into 5 different colors? What's the measurement for each color ?

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  24. merci pour cette bonne idée
    bonne journée

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    1. Mille mercis Annie! :) Merci pour ta visite :)

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  25. I'm a prep teacher and I was wondering if I can use the used up glue stick container instead of the deodorant container using your recipe? I think this is a cool idea.

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    1. Good morning, absolutely, you can use glue old glue sticks containers. I actually did it in another post. Here's the link if you would like to see the results: http://de-tout-et-de-rien-caroline.blogspot.com/2014/05/homemade-3d-sidewalk-chalks-recette.html
      Wish you a good day!

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  26. I am going to try this within the next few weeks. Just wondering if you have any tips for applying the vaseline to the inside of the deodorant container? I saw in a previous comment for the chapstick tube that cooking oil would be a possibility, would this work for the deodorant containers as well?
    Thanks :)
    ~Karen

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    1. Good afternoon Karen. Thank you for stopping by. Since I wrote my post a few years ago, I tried it with chapsticks containers and cooking oil. I have observed that Vaseline works best as it is thicker. The chalk would get stuck after a while when I put cooking oil. Let me know how it went! Thank you very much!

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  27. I am not sure if this posted previously or not, so I apologize for duplicate posts from me. I am going to try this in a few weeks. I saw that it was previously mentioned to use cooking oil in old chapstick tubes; do you think that it would work to do that in the deodorant containers? Just wondering how you apply the vaseline to the deodorant containers? Thanks
    ~Karen

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